Hidalgo County drainage district launches series of bond meetings

Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1 will host a series of town hall meetings this month to give voters the opportunity to examine a $190 million bond issuance that will appear on the November ballot.

District officials proposed the bond issuance as a response to widespread flooding that occurred this summer.

If approved, the monies will fund 38 different projects to mitigate the impact of future flooding events, a news release from the district stated.

“Our drainage system was initially developed to sufficiently handle agricultural runoff from storms,” Hidalgo County Drainage District Manager Raul E. Sesin said. “With the county’s ever-increasing population and subsequent development, we must expand and enhance our current system to accommodate the growth. These projects will make considerable improvements to the system and will lessen the impact of future flooding events.”

The district encouraged residents to attend the meetings to learn more about the projects that will impact their community. Staff organized the workshops to coincide with already-scheduled city council and school board meetings to make it more convenient for residents to attend in their respective communities.