San Benito to Decide on Wave Ordinance

Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 8:00am

In San Benito, city commissioners are making waves about a new city ordinance, that could go into effect by next week. The ordinance would force motorist to slow down when going through high water or flooded areas, Daisy Martinez has more.

Every time it rains and floods on Poinciana street, one homeowner worries about cars driving down the street and causing waves of water to reach inside his home. He has even spent up to $2,000 dollars to build a wall around his home to prevent waves of water entering his home. Now city commissioners are taking up his concerns about the flood waves and how serious the problem is to those homeowners.

Commissioners have already approved the first reading of an ordinance that would regulate the speed limits in those flood prone areas. According to the proposed ordinance motorist caught speeding in the flooded areas would face a fine of up to $500 dollars. Some homeowners believe the city should tackle the drainage problems instead of the enforcing the ordinance.

City Commissioner Celeste Sanchez say the ordinance will be up for final reading next Tuesday and hopes the anti-wave ordinance will help control some of the flood problems in low lying neighborhoods face.

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