Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 13 December 2013 08:00
It may take years to obtain the funding to fix flooding around Peñitas, a project that was supposed to be completed by the International Water and Boundary Commission when the levee system was repaired.
Godfrey Garza, manager of Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1, told the Commissioners Court in a Dec. 10 meeting he had met with Commissioner Edward Drusina of the International Water and Boundary Commission on the problems with the Peñitas pump station that were part of the project to fix the levees in Hidalgo County several years ago. Repairs that were not made there were supposed to be funded with the $260 million upgrade to the levee system. Because the repairs were not made, much of Hidalgo County is still likely to face heavy flooding in the event of a hurricane.
Drusina took responsibility for the error, which occurred because a subcontractor did not do the preliminary job to specifications and the contractor in charge refused to complete the job. As a result, when all the other levees in Hidalgo County were repaired, the area around Penitas was never completed.