City workers relieve Brownsville of excess rainwater

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POSTED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 4:41pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 9:35am

"Water is one of the worst enemies of our streets," said Brownsville assistant city manager Jeff Johnston.

Multiple storms in the Valley these past few weeks left many city crews with the responsibility of relieving drains, sewers and streets of excess rainwater.

"We were able to drain water out quickly, and get most of the areas fairly dry again before the next batch of rain came so in terms of the initial response to the rains that we had, things went very well," said Johnston. "The city was able to deal with the rain. We were able to pump water out, able to go out and address issues where we had standing water very quickly."

But the streets weren't the only parts of Brownsville to receive heavy rainfall. City crews had to make sure the resacas did not overflow because of the weather.

"Rain water needs to have somewhere to go, so by lowering the levels in the resaca levels, there's room for some storm runoff and it helps at least ease the threat of flooding in the areas," said PUB spokesman Ryan Greenfield.

But even though the rain is temporarily gone, city workers are still outside making sure the streets are up to par:

"Since the rain has left, and of course a beautiful day outside today, the crews are still out, we're still working on ditches, uh, you know, very few areas where we still have standing water, but there are some, so the crews are still out there looking at some," said Johnston. "But again, for the most part, working on clean up issues, we got the sweepers out in full force trying to get the roads cleaned up and make sure that we're back to normal."

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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