City Drains Are Working; Despite Low Level Flooding

Published 05/27 2014 04:21PM

Updated 05/27 2014 04:31PM

By: Meredith Hillgartner

LUBBOCK,TX- If you put on your rain boots and rolled up your pants, you might have gotten stuck in the Lubbock floods this past weekend. 

Roadways all over the Hub City experienced low level flooding, after inches of rain dumped from the sky. 

East Broadway by Makenzie Park and the intersection of 98th and Quaker were just some of the areas closed down by the high waters. 

Mike Keenum, a storm water engineer for the City of Lubbock, said it may not have looked like it but the drainage systems were working, but with that much rain the process slowed down a bit. 

Keenum said the town does not have many gutters, because there are no slopes to drain them.

Instead they rely on the streets, grading them so they flow into several playa lakes. 

Those playa lakes then feed 19 miles north to Canyon Lake. 

It took three separate projects to complete the Canyon Lake project, which shut down most of Erskine last year. 

Those projects are paid for by city residents, under the storm water fee on their monthly bill.

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