Northeast El Paso expecting flooding retention pond
Northeast El Pasoans are no strangers to the torrential results a few rain showers can have. That's why El Paso Water is starting to take proactive measures to fight the episodic floods.
“It's really going to change the quality of life for those in flood risk and improve our public safety,” Alan Shubert, vice president of operations and technical services with El Paso Water, said.
Shubert said it's time for a retention pond in the northeast.
“Dyer floods very seriously when we have serious rain storms,” Shubert said. “It creates public safety issues and this project is going to help us alleviate flooding in that area around central Dyer.”
The selected area extends between Dyer and McCombs streets, and Threadgill and Will Ruth avenues. It includes about 74 properties, with mostly vacant lots, and 17 homes.
“We've reached out to all the owners,” Shubert said. “I think we have successfully gotten a hold of all the property owners except for three.”
Offers for land are expected to go out in about 45 days. El Paso Water is prepared to spend between $4 million to $5 million dollars for the land.
“We are very respectful of the property owners we are working very closely with them. Hopefully everybody will be satisfied at the end of the conversation,” Shubert said.
The project is expected to cost about $7.5 million. There’s still no start date for construction.
El Paso Water is asking any property owners in the area who have yet to be contacted to reach out and call (915) 594-5513.