Hidalgo County Fixing Drainage Issues Left Behind By Hurricane Alex

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 8:11am

50 Temporary Employees will Help

Even though its been a year since Hurricane Alex evidence of the destructive storm still lingers.
One of the biggest issues plaguing the area after the storm was the drainage systems through out the county.

Several areas in Precinct 1 were hit hard by the storm especially with the flooding caused by clogged drainage.
County Commissioner Joel Quintanilla, who took on the mess 10 months ago, says they've been working around the clock to clear the canals of any rubble. In order to clear all of the canals in time for the next big storm Precinct 1 has developed a plan of action.

Through a federal program the county will receive 50 temporary employees with the help of Workforce Solutions. Those 50 people will be fully trained in what the city calls a a pro-active approach to a pre-disastrous situation.

With the $900,000 federal grant, the county already has its work crews ready to go.

"What we're going to focus on is cleaning up these colonias, fixing their drainage systems, fixing their barnages and getting ready for this hurricane season," said Quintanilla.

He adds, "The county has learned its lessons from Alex and Dolly. The area is prepared. If we run into a hurricane like Irene and something like that is coming our way, we're definitely ready. If we have to evacuate, we have an evacuation process as well."

In the long run.. the county says the plan will improve the quality of life through out many communities in Hidalgo county.

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