Flood control project to kick off, includes recreational improvements

YISD Superintendent Dr. De La Torre joined City Rep. Henry Rivera, El Paso Water Pres. John Balliew, and Parks & Rec Dir. Tracy Novack for a groundbreaking to begin construction on a park, pond and pump station project next to the new Thomas Manor Elementary School.

El Paso Water officially begin construction for a $5.6 million flood control project on Thursday.

The project will relocate the stormwater pond and Thomas Manor Park in the Lower Valley.

El Paso Water will join forces with Yselta ISD and the Parks and Recreation Department at Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony, because construction also includes recreational improvements for nearby students.

The project plans to relocate the stormwater pond and rehabilitate the pump station.

El Paso Water says that will add nearly 11.5 million gallons of stormwater capacity to the pond, to help control flooding.

The recreational improvements will makeover basketball courts and play area for Thomas Manor Elementary students.

It'll cost about $5.6 million.

Last year El Paso Water president John Balliew told KFOX14 that work near Thomas Manor School was the reason for a water bill increase.

El Paso Water says that the Parks and Recreation Department and Ysleta ISD are helping fund the recreation improvements.

YISD and the Parks and Recreation Department will join El Paso at 10 a.m. Wednesday to officially kick off construction.

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