Massive flooding and property damage plagues residents in Central El Paso

Massive flooding and property damage plagues residents in Central El Paso

POSTED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 10:03pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 10:06pm

Neighborhoods in central El Paso just off I-10 fell victim to this week's heavy rainfall and massive flooding.

Streets became impassable, water rushed into homes, and damaged tons of property.

According to residents in the area and officials from El Paso Water Utilities, the heavy rainfall caused nearby stormwater ponds to overflow, sending that water into the streets, the freeway, and into people's homes - what's worse is residents said that scene isn't uncommon.

"Every time it rains, this happens," said Rodolfo Moreno.

The waves that made their way onto the freeway, were captured by our NewsChannel 9 TX Dot cameras that showed cars having to slow down as they plowed through the murky water.

"What can I do or think about this? I can't fight Mother Nature," said Jose Moreno.

Frustrated and angry, many residents in central El Paso argued the stormwater ponds were a waste of time and tax payer money, because they overflow and residents are left to clean-up the mess.

"This, this thing is the same cycle that keeps repeating itself over and over again. I wish somebody would do something about it. Get serious and do something about it," said Eduardo Castro.

Residents in this neighborhood weren't the only ones affected either.

Earlier this week, homeowners living off Trowbridge held their breath as cars drove by, through the deep puddles, that sent waves of water onto their properties. 

"I have a six-inch step into the house and the water comes in almost to the top, and what I do when I see that that happens, I go to the side and start pushing with a push broom, I start pushing the water towards the out," said Robert Lopez.

"I got to the point where I used to tell my mom 'Hey, just open the front door and the back door and just let it go through,' and we'll clean it up later because there is nothing you can do about it," said Max Reade.

El Paso Water Utilities issued a statement on Thursday apologizing to customers for all the flooding inconvenience.

They said they're currently working on several multi-million dollar stormwater improvement projects to help alleviate the flooding problems - projects they estimate will be completed over the next few years.

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