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El Paso Water Utilities say stormwater projects performed well during storms

Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 03:47 PM MDT
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By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas -- As storms pounded the Borderland last week, EPWU president John Balliew was keeping a close eye on the stormwater projects the utility has installed over the last few years.

"We've had a number of very successful projects, if you look around the city, I think all the projects that we put in fared well," Balliew said. "It was the first big test, and I think that we did well, the big Dallas street pump station underneath the Cotton Street and I-10 interchange, that performed very well."

EPWU told KFOX14 four projects did particularly well during the storms.

The first is "Plaza Redonda," in West El Paso. It funneled water off residential streets into a nearby arroyo.

In the Northeast, a $12 million project called "Northeast channel 2," helped move thousands of gallons of runoff north of Transmountain.

In central El Paso, inlets diverted water off of neighborhood streets and channeled it into the Government Hills ditch.

In east El Paso, water flowed into the newly repaired Glen Campbell pond. EPWU officials told KFOX14 that before repairs, water on nearby streets would flood up to 2 feet.

"We had very little, if any property damage at those locations, there was still some water on the streets of course," Balliew said. "Also, the big Dallas street pump station underneath the Cotton street and I-10 interchange, that performed very well."

Balliew told KFOX14 the utility is concerned about central El Paso and the freeway, and has projects in the planning stages to address those areas.

El Paso Water Utilities say stormwater projects performed well during storms
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