Drainage project underway in Hidalgo County Precinct 4
Two years have passed since flooding swamped Fayesville and Edinburg in May 2015.
Since October 2017, Hidalgo County Precinct 4 has been working on a drainage channel that will connect to a canal in the Fayesville area to relieve flood-prone land.
The county’s focus is to allow flood waters from Fayesville to flow somewhere else besides people's homes.
Ricardo Saldaña with Hidalgo County Emergency Management was at the front lines of the 2015 summer flooding.
Saldaña says that the current pilot channel under construction will begin to relieve previous flooding problems where the only drainage system would reach its peak levels and the water would begin to backtrack.
"Until those irrigation systems, water levels go down, then the water will start dissipating back into the system," Saldaña said.
But Saldaña says that significant improvements have been made – especially during downpours.
"We'll be completed with all of this first phase that we have on the books right now," said Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jospeh Palacios.
The drainage project is funded by a grant from the federal Restore Act and Water Development Board.
"[The new drainage canal] segment will give immediate relief to our residential area Fayesville and this is going to be their outfall," Palacios said.
Precinct 4 is planning to acquire more land to continue digging more drainage canals. The first phase will connect to a future six mile segment going north. The current portion of the project will be ready by July 2018.