Railroad track creates health hazard

Union Pacific working with the city to eliminate standing water problem

The 600 block of West Gramercy often has to deal with standing water where that road dead-ends.

The rail road tracks that run perpendicular to the end of the street are elevated on a berm and act like a levee.

Whenever there is heavy rain, much of the end of the street fills up with water.

"It stands here in a large lake-looking thing and it comes out past the driveway at some points," said Carla Chapa, who lives on the street.

Not only is that inconvenient for homeowners, it creates a potential health hazard, too.

"Once it stands, and the rain has quit, it will stand here for a week or so until it drains, and then you start accumulating mosquitoes," Chapa said.

That can lead to mosquito-borne disease such as West Nile Virus.

Crews from Union Pacific railroad have been to the site to clean it up and regrade the land, but the problem still persists.

Neighbors are in the dark whether or not anything additional is going to be done to rectify the problem.

"I have not heard anything. I don't know if my neighbor did or not but I have not heard of a time-frame," Chapa said.

After contacting Union Pacific, a railroad spokesman told KSAT that the railroad is working with the City of San Antonio's Public Works Department to get the problem fixed, but no definitive plan has been drawn up yet.

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