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We all depend on drainage to improve our quality of life. Only when our neighborhoods are safe from rain and flooding can our communities thrive. Access to something as essential as drainage shouldn’t depend on where you were born, what neighborhood you live in, or how much money you make.
But too often, inequalities and problems with our current drainage system result in flooding that causes damage to homes, roads and public health. Colonias are hit hardest by these inequalities. But when colonias suffer the effects of flooding, it degrades the health and environmental quality of all county residents. Our current drainage system is failing these communities, who are often made up of low-income families, and it’s simply not fair.
No one should have to experience flooding that damages their home and puts their community in danger. We need a drainage system that works for all Hidalgo County residents! That means allowing colonia residents to have a say in county drainage decisions, because when we tackle problems collectively, everyone benefits.
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