Surveyors to go door-to-door in flood-prone areas of Victoria

Victoria is planning to use post-Harvey funding to address drainage issues. One project the city is considering is to build a stormwater pump station that would help pump pooled water out of neighborhoods near the Guadalupe River that are prone to flooding. 

Surveyors will be going door-to-door in flood-prone areas of the city to ask residents about drainage problems in their neighborhoods.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Victoria was allocated $6 million to help address the city’s drainage problems, which were laid bare during the storm.

Before the city finalizes plans for spending that money, surveyors working with a city contractor will be going door-to-door starting Thursday to gather information, according to a news release from the city.

Surveyors will ask residents in south and southwest areas of Victoria questions about drainage issues.

The people questioning residents are working with GrantWorks, a contractor the city hired to help them apply for and distribute post-Harvey funding. Surveyors will carry official identification as well as a letter of introduction from Mayor Paul Polasek.

The surveyors will begin Thursday and should end May 6, according to the city’s news release.

The funding comes from Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery grants, which have allocated billions of dollars throughout Texas for cities and counties recovering from Harvey. The $6 million designated for Victoria will largely be used to improve drainage in areas where floods are frequent, as long as those plans are approved. These improvements include installing and repairing up to five floodgates along the Guadalupe River and installing a permanent stormwater pump station, which could pump stormwater over the levee and into the river when the floodgates are closed.

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