Fences slide on Medina Base Road after flooding

Medina Base Road cons­truction leads to fences dete­riorating, homeowners comp­laining

SAN ANTONIO - Plans to widen Medina Base Road on the Southwest Side of San Antonio have produced less congestion, a 10-foot walking path and a storm drainage system.

"What it is, is a system of pipes that gets the water off the street and into the onion creek channel," said San Antonio City Engineer Mike Frisbie.

The reality is, there are a number of properties that have been adversely affected.

The combination of heavy rain and little or no support on the backside of these fences has caused them to lean and deteriorate.

"They cut the dirt right behind my fence line, so there's nothing for the stabilizers to be stabilized in," said homeowner Kimberly Rocamontes.

Rocamontes is afraid to let her kids continue playing in the backyard.

"If one of my little children, the ball rolls that way and they try to grab it and they lean on it, I'm afraid that they're gonna fall in that ditch," Rocamontes said.

According to the city, there are plans in the works with the base that sits on the other side of Medina Base Road.

"We're working with Lackland Air Force Base to put up some concrete barriers on the base, to redirect water and detain water," Frisbee said.

There is also a long term plan to minimize future flooding.

"We have a 2012 bond project that thanks to voters, was approved back in May and that's to improve really how much water that Onion Creek can take, Frisbie said.

While both plans will help prevent future damage, there is not a plan in place to repair existing damage.

"The property owners need to look at what they need to do and we need to look at what we need to do and we don't have an answer for that yet," Frisbie said.

"The solution is to put some type of retaining wall behind my fence," Rocamontes said.

Frisbie explained they are looking at all options and hope to have the area assessed within the next month.

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