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$185 million Travis Co. bond would bring relief to flood prone areas

Travis County is taking a nearly $185 million bond to voters in November. Eight of the proposed projects will fix drainage issues at low water crossings. (CBS Austin)

Travis County is taking a nearly $185 million bond to voters in November. Eight of the proposed projects will fix drainage issues at low water crossings.

The most expensive drainage project is slated for Tom Sassman Road at Maha Creek.

Residents near US 183 and the SH 45 toll road say every time they get a heavy rain, that area floods leaving people trapped inside their homes.

Morris Thompson said this bond project to replace this drainage culvert gives him hope that they won't have to worry about that any more.

"It's very dangerous. Once it rains no one can get out," Thompson said.

Not only can no one get out, Thompson said emergency crews can't get in. His biggest worry is the safety of his wife who is wheelchair bound.

"If I had to get her somewhere I would have to call a helicopter to come pick us up," Thompson said.

Thompson had a pictures on his cell phone of the Maha Creek flooding near his home memorial day of 2016. He says the flood water made it to the four-foot mark on the flood gauge.

"It worries me anytime it rains," Thompson said.

Thompson bought his property nearly four decades ago and has watched the flood water come right up to his door multiple times, which is why he says the $5.3 million bond project is needed for the people who live in southeast Travis County.

"Because once it floods no one can get out. We got older people that stay here and if they need an emergency they wouldn't be able to go anywhere," Thompson said.

The Maha Creek project along with 33 others that include roadway, bicycle and pedestrian improvements will go before voters in November.

There are several other homeowners waiting for a buyout from Travis County in the Thoroughbred Farms neighborhood. They were hit by two floods in a year's time and are waiting for a buyout to leave before it happens again.

Many homeowners say they'll leave right when it starts raining this week.

""I won't wait, i'll tell you one thing. We learned a lesson because I lost my Mirano it was a new one. And at that time I said well I should've left, and now I'm not going to wait. We're just going to have to leave because it was hard," homeowner Tina Aleman said.

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