City Uses Water Pumps to Control Resaca Levels

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 8:39am

If another hurricane or tropical storm dumps big rainfall in Brownsville, the city will be ready, Na'Tassia Finley has more on proactive measures the City of Brownsville is taking.

One of six pumps set up through out the city, that can run 24 hours a day if need be, is located off of Laredo road and kept at the exact water level. A resaca located near Quail Hollow is around 30 feet deep and is kept at that ideal elevation, but with hurricane season here, city officials are being proactive at adjusting the levels when heavy rains are forecasted.

City crews maintain the pump making sure the resaca water levels stay around 28 feet and Environmental Services Director, Joe Hinojosa says, it needs to be drained by about a foot and half. When it comes to a hurricane hitting the area with heavy rains the city department works closely with state agencies in preparations and also with surrounding counties.

Hinojosa adds more work and studies need to be done to fully optimize the capabilities of the drainage system, but so far, the plan in place seems to be working.

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