At least a few city residents are thankful the area has not seen significant rainfall in some time. Three living on and around Nancy Drive addressed Glen Rose City Council Monday, Aug. 12, pleading for a resolution to a more than decade old issue that has flooded their homes during heavy rainfall.
The issue was placed on the monthly council agenda by Mayor Dennis Moore, who asked the council to consider tapping into a portion of the $3 million reserve balance — $1.6 million dollars designated for street repairs — to alleviate the problem.
When TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) widened U.S. Highway 67 sometime ago and installed curbs and gutters, it created a drainage issue for many property owners. And some residents say the problem trickles across the city, all the way down to the Paluxy River.
Sue Oldenburg, who has lived on Nancy Drive since 2007, said when she served on the city council from 2009-10, TxDOT admitted the highway improvements caused the problem. City Council reportedly asked the state to correct the issue at various times of the years — to no avail.
Oldenburg said the city did construct a small retaining wall outside of her home, which saved it from being flooded in 2007, but created greater issues for neighbors as water was then diverted onto their property.
That neighbor, Glenda Wolford, said a guest house on her property had already been damaged in 2001, but the city-built wall caused her entire residence to sustain damage in 2007. She had to replace wood floors and repair other damage that year.
“It needs to be fixed,” Wolford said. “Properties are being badly damaged.”
Meanwhile, said she had experienced “nothing but water problems” since moving into her home. At one point, the house had to be lifted, costing $10,000.
“I have been coming here for many, many years to see if you would do something about it,” Gaydos told the council.
“This can has been kicked down the road far too long,” Mayor Moore said.
Council member Danny Chambers said he had been contacted by other residents who said water flows across neighboring lots, entering the Vineyard property on Mission Street and that of Alan West.
“Ms. Vineyard healthwise, couldn’t afford another flood,” Chamber said. “She has had three in her lifetime.”
Others on Franklin Street also reported problems.
“TxDOT, at one time encouraged the city to construct a drainage pond,” Oldenburg said. “That would be useless. I would like to see a storm drain underneath Nancy Drive.”
Another resident, Tom Osborn, said the problem rolls downhill.
“There are water issues all the way down,” Osborn said. “Water floods across a lot of properties further down across Barnard Street and toward the (Paluxy) river. Everyone’s yard has a place where water runs through it.”
Council member Chris Bryant defended current and previous councils, saying the issue had never been ignored, but he said resolution was delayed as the city waited on a response from TxDOT.
“They are just not cooperating,” Bryant said. “I appreciate the mayor putting this on the agenda.”
Council member Sandra Ramsay said while there was at one time a discussion about taking legal action, that process could stretch the issue out over several more years, in which time the city could have repaired the problem.
“We need to take the bull by the horns and go ahead and do it,” Ramsay said.
The council asked Chris Hay, professional engineer with eHT (Enprotec / Hibbs & Todd, Inc.) Granbury — a firm representing the city — if he could provide a cost estimate for a study on the affected area.
Hay said he would have to look at the widespread project area before a cost estimate could be provided.
“Fees are generally based on a percentage of the project,” he said.
Ramsay made a motion authorizing city staff to work with eHT to obtain a cost estimate for an engineering study. The council offered unanimous support to the motion — council member Mike Jones was absent — and is expected to consider approving the study at their September meeting.