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Bexar County Meeting With Residents On Flood Control Project For VFW Blvd.

Bexar County

Bexar County is beginning a new project in its 10-year, $500 million flood control plan, and the public is invited to ask questions about the project at tonight’s information session.

The meeting is to inform residents, business people and other members of the public what will be affected by the $8.5 million project on VFW Blvd. near Roosevelt Avenue.

When the flood control program was featured on the Discovery Channel in March, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said this is the first time in history that governments have come together on a regional plan, throughout the county and inside city limits.

"It will address detention ponds, reinforcing dams, clearing out waterways, ecological restoration. It’s a regional plan that will help us tremendously during the flash floods that are so prevalent in our area," Wolff said.

Projects have been large, like building retention ponds to pull flood waters away from Fredericksburg Road south of Loop 410, and small, like strengthening Olmos Dam.

This new project will install a new storm drainage system along VFW Boulevard from Roosevelt all the way to the San Antonio River.

The first segment was completed in January in advance of the re-opening of Mission County Park this spring.

Work in the second part will involve the construction of curbs, pavement, drainage inlets, sidewalks, bicycle lanes and installation of traffic signals at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue.

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.