Extensive flooding in Fayette County raises concerns about drainage efficiency

FAYETTE COUNTY, TX (KXAN) — Like many other areas in Central Texas on Thursday, Fayette County is dealing with heavy rains that caused flooding and even some permanent damage.

At least four homes were heavily flooded, according to Fayette County. Wednesday night due to storms.

Katina Davidson is disappointed. He said his house had been flooded twice in less than a year. Davidson spends Thursday cleaning up about a foot of water that flowed into his house on Wednesday night.

“I woke up at 3:30 this morning, heard the rain and I’m just on high alert,” Davidson said.

His instincts were right. He saw water rushing through both his front door and his back door.

“I saw it go up and down, so I started doing what I could,” Davidson said.

He somehow managed to save her by bracing the legs of the sofa with bricks. Still, it was flooded for the second time in less than six months.

“May, I had nine inches,” Davidson said. “There’s a big vacant lot on the other side of my fence – all the water goes there. It’s also coming from the highway. It’s coming from the front and back and just rising.”

“The water came in too fast and the drainage couldn’t take care of it.”

Fayette County Emergency Management Director Craig Moreau said the county has applied for a state grant of up to $500,000 to research the effectiveness of county-wide sewers.

“The problem is that these often take a long time to bear fruit,” Moreau said. Said.

According to Moreau, it could take up to $40 million to actually implement a plan to improve sewers after the survey. For now, she works to help those in urgent need.

“People can call 1 (800) RED-CROSS and the Red Cross can get them up and running for the next few days.”

Davidson doesn’t want to worry about it happening again.

“This is my house,” he said.

According to Moreau, the county will learn of grant approval in the next few months.

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