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Lumberton city workers trying to reduce risk of flooding

LUMBERTON-By: Leslie Rangel


Families across Southeast Texas must live with the potential for flooding.


Not only along the coast, but inland in places like Hardin County.


Monday, workers were busy cleaning out drainage ditches to help reduce the risk of flooding on Tuesday.


They cleared out grass to allow rainwater to flow easier.


"Lumberton kind of sits in a bowl and when you get that much rain, there's not a lot of control. If it comes as fast and hard to where it causes flooding, you can't do anything to prevent it," Lumberton city manager, Steve Clark says.


They have 2 detention ponds in the city, one measuring 13 acres adn the other measuring 30 acres to help when rain water gets out of control.


They also have outflow ditches paved with cement to help water flow faster.


"We call it an outfall ditch to get it away from the residential area of the houses and stuff like that, that way we can control it a whole lot better," John Reynolds, Lumberton Public works supervisor says.


They say despite the preparations, there's only so much they can do against mother nature.


City workers say the best way to help reduce the risk of flooding is to make sure all debris is cleared from your ditches, clear all toys and garbage cans near culverts and remove any large branches form ditches.


Lumberton city workers trying to reduce risk of flooding

Wednesday, January 9 2013, 10:36 AM CST
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