City cleans up after flooding

MetroHealth administering shot for tetanus, hepatitis

SAN ANTONIO - Four days after heavy rain hit the San Antonio area, residents were still cleaning up -- with some help from the city.

"The city came and picked up all the debris that we been putting out," said Dee Dee Aspell, whose house flooded Saturday. "And they are back again today."

Aspell lives off of McCullough Avenue and Barbara Drive, which was one of the hardest hit areas during Saturday's storms.

"It was about two feet to three-and-a-half in the house," said Aspell. "I was trying to get people out. The older ladies across the street, trying to get them out through the kitchen window."

The flood waters in that neighborhood have receded and crews with the City of San Antonio Public Works Department have been out all week, picking up debris and doing repair work.

"We have some areas in the city where the asphalt was chipped because of the amount of rain that we received," said April Alcoser, with the City of San Antonio Public Works Department. "They are also going to be cleaning debris from drainage facilities, but we are also going to see crews working in parks and other surrounding areas throughout the city, just trying to clean things up and make things safe for residents again."

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has also been out in some of the hardest hit areas, administering shots for tetanus and hepatitis.

"We've tested the water and proven that it is contaminated," said Carol Schliesinger with the Metropolitan Health District. "So that's one of the risks that we want to prevent and also preventing tetanus because you are doing a lot of clean up and you can get cuts or bruises."

San Antonio residents who discover new flood damage in around their neighborhoods should report it to the city by calling 311.

There is also a Flood Damage Assessment and Repair Schedule available for review on the Department of Public Works' web site.

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