Colonia Residents Receive Funding for Drainage Systems Improvements

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One of the most underserved colonias in the valley, will soon see much needed improvements to its road ways.

For many years colonia residents and non-profit organizations have expressed the need for additional funds to renovate many roads in the Indian Hills community. Recently, Hidalgo County Commissioner’s Court agreed to allocate one million dollars towards the renovation of several roads in the colonia located in Mercedes.

Members of La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) say the pot holes on the roads are a daily struggle for residents.

Orlando Ortega, LUPE Community Organizer, “I know it’s one of the main concerns for all the residents there. They’ve been living there for many years with the streets and having to worry about standing water especially now with the Zika threat. Not only that, but in the mornings, there’s a lot of pot holes, so kids come home with damage to their head or elbows from the bus that picks them up.”

Members of LUPE who helped fight for the funding, don’t want it to go to waste, and would like to use some of the money to fix the drainage system, to prevent any damages on the roads from floods.

Marta Sanchez, LUPE Community Organizing Coordinator, “We do have a little concern that hopefully the money also includes looking at the drainage, because we do not want them to fix the streets and then later on find out the drainage didn’t get fixed and the streets are going to be bad again. It’s a lot of money that got invested, so we want to make sure that it’s done right”.

Residents and LUPE members will meet with the new Precinct 1 Commissioner, David Fuentes, next month to thoroughly discuss how the funds will be distributed.

Renovations for the roads in Indian Hills are expected to begin by the end of next month.

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