Saturday, May 30, 2015

Avenue P Townhall Meeting: 2015 vs. 2011

The City of San Angelo will conduct another town hall meeting on Avenue P flooding the city's plan to alleviate this longstanding problem.

On September 19, 2011, former City Engineer Clinton Bailey, along with former City Manager Harold Dominguez and City Councilman Johnny Silvas, hosted a neighborhood meeting. Approximately 25 area residents were present to voice their concerns regarding the flooding. Solutions were discussed to alleviate property damage and mitigate health risks due to the area flooding. The Master Drainage Plan recommended this project to mitigate the flooding issues experienced so often in this neighborhood. This project will direct runoff from the area to a storm drain under W. Avenue P and discharge it east of S. Chadbourne Street into the Red Arroyo. The storm drain is designed to carry the 5-year storm event, with most of the heavier events contained within the ROW. 

At the City Council meeting on November 1, 2011, City Council approved funding for this project at $1.7 million for design and construction. $755,000 of that was appropriated from the 2011-2012 budget at the December 6, 2011 City Council meeting. $1,045,000 was budgeted in fiscal year 2012-2013, bringing the total budgeted amount at that time to $1.8 million. City Council approved additional funds in the amount of $640,000 during the May 14, 2013 general meeting. The total budgeted amount is $2,440,000.

The City sought bids in February 2013 for the Avenue P project.  City staff took a recommendation to Council in July of that year to undertake the project.  Council unanimously approved Reece Albert's bid to address this longstanding problem .  Here's the city's 2013 take on Avenue P flooding.

The area around W. Avenue P has a history of severe flooding. In fact, the 2000 Master Drainage Plan prepared by Freese & Nichols, Inc. ranks this project as the #2 most recommended drainage improvement project in San Angelo. The current drainage issues along Avenue P are caused by excessive street flow and limited channel capacity downstream. Stormwater runoff in this area flows from over 430 acres and from as far away as Angelo State University.

Local flooding in the area has been a major health, safety, and welfare issue for decades. Damages caused by the deep, swift water include stalled/flooded vehicles, numerous flooded homes and other property, and possible drowning. In addition, the flooding causes blocked travel paths that are especially important in the event of an emergency.
Citizens are invited to a June 4, 2015 town hall meeting for an update on the project.   It starts at 6:00 pm at St. Mary's Catholic Church.  The delay resulted from multiple factors, including the loss of numerous city engineers.  While our drought of engineers is yet to end under Public Works Executive Director Ricky Dickson, the Avenue P project looms on the horizon. 

Update 9-3-16:  The Avenue P saga continues as the city diverts to yet another strategy to solve flooding concerns, buying homes.

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