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After flooding, Hidalgo County reviews rural drainage regulations

"You wonder how in the world people were allowed to buildâ?? in flood-prone areas, said Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia. / CBS 4

Hidalgo County may tweak subdivision regulations, requiring developers to install more extensive drainage infrastructure in rural neighborhoods.

Many low-lying neighborhoods were flooded after recent storms, prompting the review of county subdivision regulations.

"You wonder how in the world people were allowed to build in flood-prone areas, said Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia.

The county Planning Department may require drainage systems at new subdivisions to connect with larger, existing drainage systems.

If developers build a mile away from an existing drainage ditch, the county may require the subdivision to have a retention pond.

Some developers say they're concerned about the costs involved.

"I'm not suggesting we go back to old standards, but when we implement new standards we need to be careful because these are the people that can least afford to pay the extra cost, said longtime developer Jack McClellan, who added: And developers are going to pass these along to the buyer."

Garcia said he found it difficult to believe that homeowners wouldn't pay a little more to avoid flooding.

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