Consider This: Keep Lubbock on dry ground by planning for flood control

There was a time when a two-inch rain would flood portions of south Lubbock for days.

Four to six inches of precipitation would put portions of our city under water for months.

Now, when a storm dumps several inches of rain on our streets, it is only a matter of hours before the flood waters have drained away.

The flooding we faced less than twenty years ago threatened to slow the growth of our community and to stop economic development.

Kudos to the city councils that made the difficult decision to forego other wants and instead concentrate on what our city needed.

While the debate continues over how to equitably pay for stormwater drainage, one thing remains clear: it was a critical improvement to our infrastructure.

Consider this…I challenge today's leaders to keep our city on dry ground by ensuring future development in Lubbock includes plans for the developer to bear the costs of stormwater abatement.

Prioritizing and making tough decisions is what leadership is all about.

Experience has taught us that it is all too easy to be washed away with the flood of our own success.

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'Consider This' is a commentary by KCBD Vice-President and General Manager Dan Jackson.

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