Financing of the Socorro flood project approved; $ 34.5 million to protect homes and businesses

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – On Thursday, Texas Water Development Board officials announced the approval of a new flood control program for the Socorro area, totaling $ 34.5 million .

The project will protect people and property in and around Socorro, with the design and construction of a flood retention basin at the lower end of Sparks Arroyo, just northeast of Socorro.

Currently, 578 homes, 52 commercial buildings, 28 bridges and over 800 acres of farmland are threatened by flooding in the area.

“The area was frequently flooded and people downstream had to be rescued during heavy rains.
send water and sediment through the area. The project will protect lives and property… People at the state and county level have worked cooperatively to secure funding for the project, and residents will be much safer when completed.

Texas State Representative Mary González.

Officials say the project will involve the excavation of 300 acre-feet of land to trap floodwater and sediment, and
build an embankment 40 feet high. The excavated area and backfill will trap flood water and release it slowly to control flooding further downstream.

Gonzalez says the state is able to fund the project because in 2019 she and other lawmakers voted
to take $ 3.26 billion from the Rainy Day Fund and use it to finance flood control projects.

When she voted, Gonzalez had precisely this plan in mind.

“We have been looking for a solution to the flooding problem for almost a decade. So far the
The problem was, the cost was just too high for the county, ”said Representative Gonzalez. “When we
considering the opportunity to use the money from the Rainy Day Fund to pay for these projects, we jumped at the opportunity. Soon,
residents of southeast El Paso County will also see the benefits. “

Authorities hope to complete the financing in May and complete the design work by
August 2023.

Construction is scheduled to begin in December 2023 and take about a year.

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