Southeast Side businesses ask for change with flooding street and sidewalks
SAN ANTONIO - Every time it rains, Henry Deneault says this is the scene in front of his South East Side store on Gevers Street.
“It gets up to five to six inches," Deneault said. "I’ve had to go out there and push cars out of the water and help people.”
Deneault has worked with the city and says that it comes to pump the water every once in a while.
“They just remove the water and take it somewhere else," Deneault said.
It’s just a temporary fix though, and left behind are also other issues.
“I’ve seen pot holes get filled, and in a week or two, the gravel comes right out of it, the asphalt,” Deneault said.
Perfecto Mejia owns La Morenita next to Henry’s shop, Gloria’s Attic.
"When the water rises, it’s because the water in this entire area here comes down right here," Mejia said. "All the water collects here.”
And, while Deneault's shop sign says open, he said he’s having trouble getting people through the water into his business.
"We can't open when it rains because people don't want to drive through our driveway," Deneault said. "So, we lose money/ This is how I make my living to pay my bills, and if I don't open, I don't make a living."
Deneault and Mejia are hoping for more of a long-term solution. Problem Solver reached out to the City of San Antonio and learned it’s already working to address it with a construction project starting in May.
“Fortunately, we have a project where we're going to do some resurfacing of the road between Hicks and Fair Avenue on Gevers," said Paul Berry, the Chief Communication Officer with the Transportation and Capital Improvements Department. "This business is located between Hiawatha and Channing, we're going to actually do some work on the sidewalks to make sure that there is no more puddling going on. “
Berry encourages locals to address concerns through calling 311 instead of other city offices. He said it will help ensure the information gets to the right departments. Also, he explains that if it's a pot hole, the city can usually get out to the area within two business days.