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S. Flores Bridge Re-Opens, Flooding Eased

Eileen Pace

After a year-long flood control project had roads torn up along Sixmile Creek, Bexar County has re-opened the South Flores Bridge. With seven low-water crossings, the poor drainage around the area was a threat to nearby homes and properties during heavy rains.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony re-opening the S. Flores Bridge, County Commissioner Chico Rodriguez praised the county and its partners, for completing projects and moving forward on the 10-year, $500 million regional flood control program.

The City of San Antonio, the San Antonio River Authority, and 20 suburban cities across the county are all cooperating in the effort to relieve major flooding. The projects also will reduce the FEMA floodplain for hundreds of homeowners, meaning lower-cost insurance as well as the knowledge that their homes won’t be flooding after construction is completed.

Improvements to the South Flores Bridge cost $2.9 million and included raising the bridge by 3.5 feet and reconstructing 1,000 feet of gas and water main.

Rodriguez said the Sixmile Creek still has more projects in store, and the opening of the bridge is just the start of a $35 million investment for improvements along the creek.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.