There's good news for South Lubbock residents and taxpayers. A $30-million project is now complete, under budget and ahead of schedule.
The South Lubbock Drainage Project is designed to prevent flooding in playa lakes during heavy rainfall. The project will reduce the risk of flooding at playa lakes along 98th Street. There was almost 11-miles of pipe installed and eventually 12 playa lakes will be affected.
Mayor Tom Martin says flooding along 98th Street should now be rare. The South Lubbock Drainage Project has been under construction for more than three years and it is now complete. "This is a pretty extensive project, the sewer system extends for miles and in some places its 55 feet below the surface," said Martin.
When it rains the pipelines will carry the water eastbound all the way to the Yellow House Canyon. "When it does rain and water flows into those lakes, it starts draining those lakes immediately into the storm sewer so it isn't an overflow situation," said Martin.
"In 1999 we had two little over three inch rainfalls that occurred in southwest Lubbock and it caused major flooding through all of the southwest part of the city even into some of the central part of the city," said city representative for the project Marsha Reed.
But this project doesn't necessary mean when it rains the streets will not be flooded. Mayor Martin says that is physically and economically not possible. "This is not going to eliminate standing water from rains in streets it will allow some of it to drain faster, but it's not going to eliminate it," said Martin.
Now the next phase of the drainage project is underway. A study is in the works to prevent flooding in the northwest part of Lubbock.
The South Lubbock Drainage Project is the second drainage project in Lubbock. The first was the South Central Project which was completed a couple of years ago along the South Loop.
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