It started with a small drizzle on a warm Tuesday which then stretched out to a non-stop rainy event that has overshadowed El Paso. We El Pasoans like the rain especially since we were considered to be under a severe drought spell. Nevertheless, the city has always been ill prepared for rain. We are currently experiencing severe floods all over El Paso because city management has been ineffective in implementing drainage systems where major flooding occurs.
City officials can argue that El Paso doesn’t receive much rain annually and that appropriating funds for sewer systems might seem like a bad investment however events like this year’s severe flood and the one we experienced back in 2006 prove otherwise.
Shouldn’t city officials have learned from past mistakes? It seems like they still haven’t gotten the message and because of that we find ourselves in long traffic lines or in traffic accidents. Some people can’t even get out of their homes because whole streets are flooded. When will city officials fix this problem?
Back in 2006 El Paso city officials did fix some of the streets and implemented drainage systems on most but they didn’t invest in major traffic hubs like the Piedras exit on I-10. This major traffic point has crippled traffic for hours possibly costing millions in damages. Many of the projects that received funding have been completed through the El Paso Water Utility but the main ones that truly put a choke hold on traffic have not. How long will it take for El Paso Water Utility to finish the projects?
Do you guys think that El Paso Officials should make this a priority or simply let El Paso Water Utility “wing it” till this happens again?