HOLIDAY LAKES — An area still partially inundated with floodwater is receiving help from the Velasco Drainage District to clear it out, Mayor Norman Schroeder said.

Schroeder turned to the drainage district after some waterlines failed near the intersection of Creekside Drive and Nome Road, he said while crews worked Monday afternoon. Water from last week’s Brazos River flooding pooled in the area and the town could not get it to drain.

“We tried to patch a waterline, but it was still backing up, so I called to see if these guys could help us out,” Schroeder said.

Velasco Drainage Assistant Superintendent David Youngblood said when incidents like these happen, they are more than willing to help.

“They requested us to help them with the pumps and we had three available,” Youngblood said. “They had some waterlines coming out and they were having a hard time getting the water to flow into the creek, so anytime something like that occurs, it’s our job to make sure we help.”

A pump capable of moving 20,000 gallons of water per minute is now in place, which should be more than enough to get the water out, Youngblood said.

“We’ll get that pool level down far enough where the water’s out,” said Chris Gallion, the drainage district’s superintendent. “There’s talk of cutting out the current drainage pipe and replacing it with a temporary pipe and letting all that water out by gravity.”

Youngblood added that in addition to Holiday Lakes, the district has helped in some areas of Lake Jackson and Freeport following the heavy rainfall that led to overflow of the Brazos River last week.

“Any high rain or river event is now part of our emergency procedures, which goes alongside hurricane preparedness,” Youngblood said.

Courtney Blackann is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0152.

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