KFOX14 Cares: After the Storm
- Bugs invade the borderland
- Letter from county officials sent to governor asking for assistance
- Berino left with massive cleanup after floodwaters tear through
- Bulldogs rally to help family who lost home to mud
- Socorro prioritizing cleanup of flood damage, sinkholes
- Socorro City Council approves disaster declaration following flood
- Gov. set to visit La Union to assess flood damage
- Recent rains leave prime mosquito breeding grounds around Borderland
- E. coli and viruses in floodwater
- Floodwater spreading disease to pets
- Water safe to drink in La Union
- El Paso Water Utilities say stormwater projects performed well during storms
- La Union residents frustrated as no improvements planned for nearby dam
- El Paso Water Utilities working on I-10, central El Paso flooding issues
- Poverty, lack of infrastructure adds to severity of San Eli floods
- Floods topple grave sites at San Elizario cemetery
- Dona Ana County commissioners agree they need state help
- Flood victims get help from a group of teens
- La Union residents, officials discuss flood damage recovery
- San Portales museum suffers damage after flooding
- Historic landmarks damaged from storms
- San Elizario families in need of help after floods
- Dam near La Union breaks, causes major road damage and disrupts water service
- Flood cleanup a slow process in San Elizario
- Socorro continues flood cleanup, hopes to prevent future damage
- Floods force San Eli families from homes
- Northeast flooding leads to road closures, stranded motorists
- West El Paso sees flooding on residential roads, residents concerned about drain maintenance
- La Union residents without water as officials fix water system
- San Elizario residents deal with damage from massive flooding
- Massive Socorro sinkholes destroy back yard, threaten homes
- Socorro flooding leaves Coker Road residents with cleanup
- Socorro mayor says they need National Guard help
- San Elizario cancels after school-activities
- Sinkhole growing larger in Socorro
- Socorro residents trapped in homes after arroyo breaks
- Arroyo breaks causing major flooding in Socorro
- Borderland braces for another round of heavy rain
- Vado residents suffer severe flooding for third time in several weeks
- Heavy rain leaves big mess central El Paso resident
- More work to be done on stormwater system after I-10 floods Wednesday morning
- Rain causes ceiling collapses in area shelter, apartment complex
- Crews repair water dam leak in central
- Rain causes overflow of Stormwater Pond in central El Paso
- Sinkhole closes Luna Street in Central El Paso
El Paso Water Utilities say stormwater projects performed well during storms
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:56 AM MDT
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.