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Subdivision Under Construction May Be Flooding Out Neighbors

By: Pachatta Pope Email
By: Pachatta Pope Email

The Meadow Creek Subdivision is offering residents the dream of owning their own home.

But some neighbors who live close to development say it is giving them a nightmare. Homeowner Rick Young says since late last year, his and other homes have become susceptible to flooding.

He says when developers, Main Street Homes reassured them their construction would affect their property.

"They had stated on several occasions that through the development, and at the completion, that there would be no change in water flow across the property," Young said.

Young says the main reason behind the flooding is that development project cleared the vegetation that normally helped absorb heavy rains.

"When the development started it was a solid 77 acre tract and that was completely stripped bare and the water just channeled across," Young said. "It just looks like a lake out here as far as the eye can see."

Since October Young says residents on Hidden Acre Drive, Iris Lane, and I&GN Road have to deal with storm water runoff from the Meadow Creek development. He says it is because the drainage system that was approved for the subdivision can not contain the excess water.

When contacted, developers Main Street Homes declined to comment on the issue because of a lawsuit filed against them.

Homeowners turned to the governing entities that approved the drainage system for help. But they learned it is unclear if Brazos County or the city of College Station have any responsibility for their flooding issues.

The homeowners and Meadow Creek are located in the three and half mile boundary outside College Station called Extra Territorial Jurisdiction or ETJ.

Lance Simms is the Assistant Director of Planning and Development for College Station. He says both they city and county had to agree on the Meadow Creek's. drainage system.

"The development or the platt if you will, subdivision, is approved by the College Station Planning and Zoning Commission," Simms said. " It's also approved by the county commission."

Simms says even though the city has some input in what is developed in the ETJ, the city is restricted.

"The state law allows us some limited control of the development in that area," Simms said.

Whomever can help, Young hopes they step in so he and others can keep their homes from flooding.


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