Detention Pond to Alleviate Flooding at Four Corners


POSTED: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 1:33pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 7:25am

The goal is to keep the streets above water.

And now the Four Corners area, which almost always floods during heavy rainfall, is getting some help.

News Center 23's Na'Tassia Finley has more on the detention pond project.

"This will serve the community around the detention pond and mostly Four Corners," says Santana Torres, Public Works Director for the City of Brownsville.

If you've ever driven in this area during heavy rainfall, the roads flood pretty fast, forcing drivers to detour or pull over and wait for the roads to clear.

But the next time heavy rain comes our way, that shouldn't be a problem. Drivers will likely see no inconvenience.

The detention pond which sits on a 14 acre tract of city owned property will be equipped to handle about 80 acre feet of water.

"We have a north main drain which actually starts on the west side of Brownsville and it comes down and flows across Brownsville and it flows all the way to the ship channel and this would be a holding area for the storm water to sit here while the north main recedes and eventually it will drain out," explains Torres.

In other words, there’s a waterway that sits right behind the detention pond that will moves the storm water out to the ship channel.

Crews have dug up about 140-thousand cubic yards of soil to create the detention pond that sits way off behind several businesses on International Blvd.

As of now, the detention pond is dug up for the most part, but the last phase will involve planting grass over the dirt.

Torres says the detention pond project has been coming together over the past two months and has been made possible through a grant, not a dime of tax payer money is being used to fund the project.

The project is expected to be complete by the end of November.

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