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Community
10:22 am
Tue May 27, 2014

One Year After Major Flooding, All But 5 Espada Families Have Moved Away

The 100-year floodplain around Mission Espada.
Credit San Antonio River Authority

It was one year ago last weekend that torrential rains flooded much of Central and South San Antonio. The storms killed three, stranded dozens, left thousands without power and displaced more than two dozen families on the San Antonio River.

A year after the devastation, many of those residents have now moved away from the only home their families had known for more than 100 years.

Homeowners near the Espada Mission said they had never seen nine feet of water before, but the water rose within an hour, and 27 families lost everything.

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Environment
12:39 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

SARA Addressing Trash & Debris Problem In Olmos Basin With Strategic Cleanup Plan

Local resident Lissa Martinez talks with an engineer about hot spots where trash and debris collect along the Olmos Creek Watershed.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

The San Antonio River Authority has begun a process to clean up trash and debris that end up in Olmos Basin. Officials are working on a project to remove much of the trash dumped in far northwest Bexar County before it winds up in the San Antonio River.

Local residents offered their input at a recent SARA event, pointing out hotspots where they’ve seen trash collecting along tributaries that run into Olmos Basin.

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City Government
9:50 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Stone Oak HOA Wants A Solution To Unmet Project Promises

Fomer City Councilwoman Elisa Chan attends a campaign kick-off party for fomer colleague Carlton Soules. Chan said she had no knowledge of promises being made by her staff to fomer constituents.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Former District 9 City Councilwoman Elisa Chan has just wrapped up her campaign for state senator. She resigned last year from city council to run against state Rep. Donna Campbell, hoping at least to take Campbell to a runoff.

Her second place finish means she's done with politics, at least for now. But some people in her former city council district say she has unfinished business from her elected office: A project involving Mud Creek.

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Flood Control
9:28 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Huebner Creek Project Good News For 100 Homes Currently In Flood Plain

Huebner Creek.
www.bexarfloodcontrol.org

A major flood control project kicks off on the city’s Northwest Side this week.

Work is set to begin on the $15 million Huebner Creek – Segment 2 Flood Control Project that will ultimately take nearly 100 homes out of the flood plain.

Bexar County Flood Control Program Director Bobby Mengden said the City of San Antonio contributed $1 million for a 1.25 mile hike-and-bike trail along the creek.

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Community
5:45 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Bexar County Approves $5.5 Million To Help Flooded Espada Residents

The 100-year flood plain near Espada Road.
San Antonio River Authority

It’s been more than two months since the flood, and the process of recovery in the Espada area is moving forward slowly. The San Antonio River Authority has offered residents a few options, but so far no action has been taken.

SARA is offering Espada residents three options: A direct buyout, an option to remain on the property and rebuild their homes to flood standards, or Bexar County will buy a flood easement where owners would retain their property for agricultural purposes but live elsewhere.

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Flood Recovery
10:10 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Corps Of Engineers Clears Mission Reach As Cause Of Espada Neighborhood Flooding

San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority’s real estate team is meeting with residents of the Espada neighborhood that was flooded during the torrential rainstorm in late May. Bexar County Commissioners are hoping there is something they can do to help the residents get re-settled.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' report released this week found that the Mission Reach Project did not cause the devastating flood that poured four feet of water into some of the homes of the Espada neighborhood.

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Mission Reach
6:22 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Large Section Of Mission Reach Re-Opened To public

Part of a trail washed out on the Mission Reach following the May flooding.
Paul Flahive TPR

On Monday the San Antonio River Authority re-opened a part of the Mission Reach trails damaged in last month’s floods.

The section opened runs from VFW Boulevard to Mission Road.

SARA had to close portions of the Mission Reach after large sections of soil washed out from under the trails, creating a dangerous situation for pedestrians and cyclists.

Gloria Rodriguez, who is in SARA’s Community Relations Department said some of those areas in the project have been repaired and are ready for exploring again.

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Government
2:14 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

San Antonio City Council Pushes For Flood Solutions

FEMA denied San Antonio and surrounding areas flooding assistance. The City Council wants answers to common flooding problems.
Joey Palacios TPR

Following devastating floods that hit San Antonio over Memorial Day weekend, the City Council has reallocated $3.75 million for cleanup and repair projects.

Public Works Director Majed Al-Ghafry says the Federal Emergency Management Agency declined to assist San Antonio and surrounding areas cleanup and repair from the Memorial Day flood because the flooding didn't quite do enough damage. Guidelines require that damage totals $5.9 million or more locally for federal assistance to kick in.

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Community
10:03 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Flooded Espada Residents Given A Ray of Hope

San Antonio River Authority

Bexar County Commissioners are hoping to offer some options very soon to flooded property owners in the Espada area.

The court promised the residents it would do whatever it could to make things right:

Espada neighborhood residents spoke emotionally at commissioners’ court Tuesday, explaining that they were left homeless by the May 25th flood.

Resident Gloria Garza told the court through her tears, "Excuse me if I sound harsh, but we're in great mourning for a tremendous loss."

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Arts & Culture
9:39 am
Fri May 31, 2013

The Playhouse Re-Opening Saturday After Flood Damage Clean Up

Fans blow hot air to evaporate the water-logged carpet.
Eileen Pace TPR

At 8 a.m. Saturday Asia Ciaravino raced down to The Playhouse theater to find a disaster falling from the ceiling.

"The plaster actually came loose a bit... [a] six-foot slab of it smashed onto the audience floor," she said.

Ciaravino, The Playhouse CEO and president, said one staff member was working at the time and heard the collapse after heavy rains collected on the roof, pouring onto the ceiling area and dropping everything to the carpeted theater floor of the Russell Hill Rogers Theater.

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