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.
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.
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.
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.
As the flood waters recede and evaporate from Saturday’s rains, Bexar County is breaking ground on a flood control project on Fredericksburg Road.
The Northwest Plaza Shopping Center at Fredericksburg and Gardania was condemned and torn down a few years ago and is now a concrete slab. The 26-acre plot of land just a few blocks south of loop 410 and Wonderland Mall will now become two large detention ponds about 8 feet deep to alleviate flooding.
The $28 million Laddie Place flood control project is part of the county’s 10-year $500 million flood plan.
The Mission Reach of the San Antonio River is still closed today but maintenance crews are making progress.
San Antonio River Authority spokesman Steven Schauer said inspections of the Mission Reach began Saturday as soon as it was safe to go out. He said maintenance began over the holiday weekend, first cleaning up the Museum Reach and then turning attention to the Mission Reach, which suffered greater damage.
Now that the flood waters are receding, what are the takeaways from this weekend's storms? Join us as representatives from San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Water System, along with City Emergency Manager Larry Trevino and County Commissioner Kevin Wolff talk about the impacts and the successes in combating the rain.