City responds to flooding complaint on Vine street

The city will provide consequential flooding resources to residents.

VICTORIA, Texas – Southside residents have been dealing with flooding issues and damages all week. One resident, Gloria Hill, feels the city hasn’t done enough to make them feel supported. She’s been living at this residency for seven years. Prior to moving into the city, she lived at a ranch in Bloomington because she needs access to doctors, due to a bad leg.

Resident wants to feel city support

“I came from a beautiful place in Bloomington to this mess, and I’ve lived in the mess ever since,” Hill said. “And nothing gets done here.”

Similar to others living in this part of Victoria, Hill wishes the City would find a better solution for the drain issues she encounters when it floods during hurricane season.

“They’ve never, ever done anything for us, and I wish that they would just fix the drains. If they would just fix the drains during the first flood that we went through, it probably wouldn’t have happened so bad. My house got about 4 and a half feet of water. So if they would’ve fixed the drains then, maybe it wouldn’t have flooded,” shared Hill.

Experiencing flood damages during hurricane season is a common reality for people living on Vine street. In an interview, Emergency Management Coordinator, Rick McBrayer, said the city started pushing information out online, for the community, relating to the fact that this area would encounter moderate flooding.

McBrayer says first responders told residents about the flooding and provided online assistance

“But yes, we did. First responder crews went out and made notifications to the residents there. Letting them know the dangers of the major flood to our area throughout the weekend,” said McBrayer.

In the past, the City has tried to buy out specific areas in Old Town Victoria. According to McBrayer, they offered this option to some residents, especially after Hurricane Harvey, to help people who still struggle with flooding damage in their homes. After a hurricane disaster, FEMA offers to buy out their property, so residents can move away from a flooding hazard. Property owners will get a financial incentive that will help the home owner sell their property. As a result, the city or county purchasing the property claims ownership. McBrayer says these areas usually become green spaces and are often turned into communal areas.

“That space can no longer be used for residential purposes at all. Basically, they often times will be turned into parks or just left and the home is then removed. Then the space becomes a non-residential space provided,” said McBrayer.

FEMA offers people in these homes other options after natural disasters

On Wednesday, Oct. 20, there isn’t any more flooding in this area. McBrayer says the City is ready to provide services for anyone living in Greens Addition.