The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on September 22, 1968 · Page 51
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 51

Freeport, Texas
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Sunday, September 22, 1968
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1»AOB 14 Brttosport community, THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS, Freeport, Tews, Sunday, Sept. 82,1988 IT TOOK A LOT OF TALKING TO EXPEDITE DRAINAGE JOB FREEPORT - There are a lot of people to see in getting any detail of a federal program changed. fsj the cue of the pumps, the people were In Galveston, Ft. Worth, Washington. They were in the U.S. Army Corp* of Engineers and in congress, Mayor T. c, Selman •aw th«m all. What the trips mean Is that the huge storm pumps will be the readiness to drain the City's south side a year earlier than they would under the Engineers' original timetable for its $21 million Brazosport storm protection improvement program. Construction on the station officially began several weeks ago with a gathering of officials from throughout Brazos- port! When in operation next fall, they will more than triple the drainage capacity of the i . ^""sfi**.,.^,,.. W^^^^^MK^ J^^:T : ^-"'--"-.-.ri--c: :V-',i5*&^;isi.-. i.. - - ' -••-••/•• = south side. Drainage was a sore subject early this year. The Jan. 19 rains dumped eight Inches on the city in a few hours. The water crept up over the curbs and Into some homes. The Council chambers were full of people hurt and angry and demanding action. The action had already begun. The decision by the Engineers had been made months earlier to let a contract this year for the station. The north side has less damage from the rains, but the inconvenience of flooded streets stayed long, In the east end. A large storm pump station is also scheduled by the Engineers to drain that area. This will begin in 1989. Two temporary measures will help both sides. One was the gift by Ethyl-D o w of a 50,000 g.p.m. storm pump, which the Velasco Drainage District outfitted with adlesel- drive engine, and mounted at the Velasco Pump Station. On the south side, the Drainage District put two 48-inch drainage structures through the levee. They were set at a level so that water would not begin flowing through unless water rose to the point of flooding streets. The main drainage facility for the south side now Is the 200,000 gallons-per-mlnute Pine Street Pump Station.The new federal pumps will exhaust •150,000 g.p.m. To help these, the main outfall ditch is being widened and deepened. Once the pumps a r e In operation, City Mgr. Bill Pennington feels, the danger of water entering homes will be eliminated. Heavy rains will still result in water In the streets, but the pumps will reduce the time the water stays there after the rains cease. On the north side, the Ethyl- Dow gift increased the capacity there 50%. The old station had a capacity of 100,000 g.p.m. The new station will pump 350,000 g.p.m. When all of the programmed pumps are In operation, Mayor Selman has observed, the city wilt be able to remove more than a million gallons of water a minute from the city. Some problems remain. There Is flooding west of Highway 288 on the north side, which Mayor Selman believes may reqWreTTTverslon through the levee Into the Brazos. In the south side's east end, only Poplar had a storm sewer. Storm sewers are now being Installed onSycamore, Spruce and Terminal. The curb and gutter on East 6th and 7th are expected to improve drainage there. WE ARE PROUD TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY PARKER MOTEL "A Luxurious Motor Hotel On The Gulf Coast" .AIR CONDITIONED , MORNING COFFEE , ROOM PHONES , COLOR ROOM TELEVISIONS . FURNISHED ARTS. WALL TO WALL CARPETING . LARGE SWIMMING POOL \ MR, & MRS. CHARLES N. WHITE-Owners & Operators > Hwy. 288 | IMMf j**tTM POWHTOWH 265-2561 FREEPORT DRAINAGE got two big boosts this summer. One of them can be seen all ready for use In the aerial view above. This is the 50,000 gpm pump which was donated to the City of Freeport by Ethyl Dow Corp. It is powered by a dle- sel engine and Its Installation added 50percent to the drainage facilities on the north side of tlw city. At left, Brazos - port city officials »iul those from the Navigation District, Drainage District, Corps of KiiKlnewrs, Chamber of Commerce and others assembled to witness the beginning of construction last month of the i>ow West KixJ Pump Station In Freeport. Here a 450,000 Kpm federal pump will triple the drainage purnp facilities for the south Hide of Kreeport. LAKE JACKSON DRAINAGE ditches can now be kept in better condition and numerous other jobs that used to require outside equipment can now be accomplished by the City of Lake Jackson's own work forces. The reason is this new $35,000 ditching machine which has already been put to work on several jobs since It was purchased earlier this summer. Mayor Jack Reid tries out the driver's seat while Councllmen John Landry, Roy Marvin, Tyler Baker and Gary Smith Inspect other parts of the machine during a tour of the city garage facilities this week. The one-hour tours of various city facilities have been made standard practice prior to the second meeting of the month. ANNEXATION STRIP: The portion of land that Includes the Houston Lighting and Power Co., large building shown above, and the new Brazosport Chamber of Commerce building, small building at top of picture, was annexed by Clute recently. There are plans now underway for a shopping center to be constructed ,ln this area. The lower portion of the aerial photo shows the highway 288 and 332 intersection and on the left the cleared land being prepared for the construction of the new highway Interchange, " WlM THE CARD COTTAGE Way Omh ' CoMdte8 and < ^ fts Lake Jacfcgan IT,

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