Flooding prompts Round Rock to fix neighborhood storm drains

Meadows Drive in Round Rock often floods. The city of Round Rock wants to figure out why and come up with solutions to prevent further flooding. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)
Meadows Drive in Round Rock often floods. The city of Round Rock wants to figure out why and come up with solutions to prevent further flooding. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — If you or someone you know has experienced flooding, you know even the slightest bit of rain can make you nervous.

Ileene Pickett’s house off Meadows Drive in west Round Rock flooded in the 2015 Memorial Day floods and once again 20 years before she moved in. “In about two hours it started flooding the house and we got about an inch throughout the house,” describes Pickett.

The problem is all the water doesn’t have anywhere to go. The Meadows Drive area was built in 1978 and does not appear to have many stormwater drains. “All the new neighborhoods have wonderful drainage, this has none,” said Pickett.

The city of Round Rock wants to help people like Pickett by hiring engineering firms to figure out the specific problems and solutions to prevent further flooding. For Pickett’s neighborhood, that could include adding drain inlets. City council will vote Thursday night on three contracts for the Meadows Neighborhood, the Greater Round Rock West area and Chisholm Valley.

“It makes me feel better because I really am afraid I’m going to lose my house if it rains like that ever again and it seems like it’s a pattern,” said Pickett.

If city council approves engineering contracts for all three neighborhoods, it will cost $225,000. The money will come from 2014 revenue bonds backed by utility rates.

Last year, the city spent $80,000 to address flooding near Oak Bluff Estates off of Red Bud Lane, south of Highway 79. The city just approved another contract to complete the final design for improvements that could include adding more drainage pipes and ditches. Work is expected to begin in July.

The city is also working to address flooding problems in the Brushy Slopes neighborhood, which includes Georgetown Street and Brushy Creek Drive.

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