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.
Authorities recovered the body of an 18 year old man Sunday evening, following storms on Saturday that drenched the area.
Officials in the town of Schertz, Texas, northeast of San Antonio, say 18 -year-old Avron Adams disappeared in the swollen Cibolo Creek after attempting to make it across with eight other people.
Seven made it across as they crossed from the Schertz side to the Universal City side, officials said. One person turned back and made it back to shore when Adams was swept away, according to a news release.
Officials are monitoring the weather situation throughout the San Antonio area Sunday as a flash flood watch remains in effect until the early evening hours.
Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Trevino and others are meeting throughout the day to track the weather. At a press conference Saturday, Trevino said any amount of additional rain could spell disaster.
"Any kind of water is going to be kind of like another flood event," he said.
Cibolo resident Pat O’Brien was out of town overnight and arrived back home to an unwelcome surprise.
The roof over his bedroom had collapsed due to the nonstop rain that pounded the area Saturday. He posted pictures on his Facebook page detailing the flood damage, caused by water that collected on the top of the house during unfortunately-timed roof repairs.
“I guess the good news is that I was out of town last night and it didn't fall on my head,” he wrote.
Storms rolled through San Antonio Saturday and dumped nearly 10 inches of rain, sparking house fires, flooding roads throughout the city, and stranding people in their vehicles and at parks.
San Antonio firefighters responded to nearly 250 water-related incidents. In one case, Chief Charles Hood said his crews were in the middle of rescuing a 60 year old woman when the strong currents grabbed her away from them.
A massive storm system has dumped more than 10 inches of rain over San Antonio, leaving the Texas city flooded and at a standstill.
Texas Public Radio's Ryan Loyd reports the area is still under a flash flood emergency. Ryan filed this report for our Newscast unit:
"Some people didn't have time to make it to safety in rain-drenched San Antonio. A woman died when raging flood waters swept her away in her car. So much rain fell that it floated a city bus. Major highways are completely submerged.
After a year-long flood control project had roads torn up along Sixmile Creek, Bexar County has re-opened the South Flores Bridge. With seven low-water crossings, the poor drainage around the area was a threat to nearby homes and properties during heavy rains.