Debris causes Airline Road to back up and flood

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — With the massive amount of rain on Sunday, it’s no surprise we saw some flooding. What might have been a surprise was to see the newly constructed section of Airline Road flooded.

Water rose to the bumpers of some cars as they drove Airline Road from SPID to McArdle Road.

Alexis Moser drove for DoorDash during storms, trying to be careful with her car low to the ground.

“My DoorDash app wanted me to take Airline and McArdle. So I started going in that direction and then I saw the water on McArdle. I was like, oh no, I don’t want to take any chances “, she said.

So what caused the water to rise above the bumpers of some cars on Sunday?

“What we encountered was a maintenance issue,” said Gabriel Hinojosa, acting director of public works for Corpus Christi.

Hinojosa described the issue as an isolated incident that happened because the lines were clogged with debris. It created a vacuum effect.

“They lifted manholes,” Hinojosa said. “Created more suction in the line and kind of cleared that debris. So as soon as we did that the line cleared and was able to clear out properly.

Hinojosa assures that the system was built correctly during the $3 million project.

It reminds us to be aware of our waste.

“Residences, businesses, developments, watch out for litter that comes out of your property, from vehicles,” Hinojosa said.

Hinojosa said that although it is no longer planned, crews will monitor the area for future rain events.

Construction of Airline Road began in January 2021 and was completed in late October, early November of the same year.

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