Edcouch facing problems with disordered address numbers
POSTED: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 6:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 10:00am
EDCOUCH, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — In Edcouch, the numbers just don't add up.
For the small community of about 3,200 people, the numbering of their homes is in complete disarray, with no synchronization between house numbers on each street.
Not only does this effect in the mailing system, but oftentimes 9-1-1 calls result in lost emergency crews that don't know where to go.
"That's been the case in many instances," explained Edcouch Police Chief Eloy Cardenas. "You reside on 203 and your house adjacent to you is 300. So what happened to the ones in between?"
The numbering of houses is a problem throughout all of Edcouch. For example, on a section of Southern Avenue, house 310 is located directly next to house 212, causing problems when emergency response systems are trying to find an address.
Chief Cardenas says that the numbers on the houses play a factor in the numbers on the clock when just seconds make a difference between life and death.
"Either the EMS, the fire department or the police cannot get to you on time because you're registering three to four addresses," Cardenas said. "Unfortunately, I've seen drastic situations where a life is lost."
Edcouch is working with theLower Rio Grande Valley Development Council and the 911 emergency system to fix this issue.
Athough synchronizing house numbers throughout the city will not cost tax payers, some residents are upset that they will have to pay for a new driver's license to match their updated address.
"It's about a 15 to 16 dollar fee," said Cardenas. "If you ask me how much my family is worth, of course it's more than 15 dollars. You don't put a price on your life."
Edcouch won't be able to move forward with this project unless the majority of residents approve it at the next town hall meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th at 6 p.m.