- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

LA FERIA, Texas (AP) - A low-lying flood pool in South Texas will be drained after causing high-water problems during Hurricane Dolly in 2008.

Improvements are in store for Tio Cano Lake, where storm water for years has accumulated in the natural basin just north of La Feria, the Valley Morning Star (https://bit.ly/1KD3cdz ) reported Monday.

The situation became worse after Hurricane Dolly, flooding the area for several months and leaving a roadway inundated. The La Feria irrigation district had regularly pumped water out of the basin, but the floodwaters became too much to pump.

Officials say the stagnant water will soon be funneled out of the basin, to help prevent flooding, as part of six projects totaling $6.5 million in drainage projects. La Feria is using state grant money to drain the area.

La Feria City Manager Sunny Philip said two projects will pump the water and carry it about three miles north to a regional floodway. Four projects will funnel water about five miles south to the Arroyo Colorado, he said.

He said as part of the projects, crews are raising canal banks, placing concrete lining along earthen canals and eliminating bottlenecks.

The projects are a part of a $21.5 million program that includes 15 projects aimed at curbing flooding in the lowest-lying areas in western Cameron County.

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Information from: Valley Morning Star, https://www.valleystar.com


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