It's no secret that the city of Midland has serious drainage problems, and it couldn't be more apparent this Columbus day.
There is a common theme for kids who have this Soggy Columbus day off.
“I am going to the movies,” said Midlander, Dylan Carrillo.
“I am probably going to roller-skate then go to the movies,” said Midlander, Paris Allen.
Before these kids went to the cinema they stopped by Grafa Park and found one of their favorite parks flooded.
“They kind of dug out a hole for soccer and stuff and when it rains too much it gets filled up,” said Paris Allen.
“I was just plain old grass and land and now it’s flooded because it’s raining, it rained,” said Dylan Carrillo.
“It usually looks like a hole in the middle of the desert but today it looks like a little lake, all came up overnight,” said Don Powell, who works next to Grafa Park.
Powell went onto say that flooding is not uncommon in West Texas and he is used to driving down flooded streets. Midland City Engineer David Beard recognizes that a number of streets including Wadley flood after a modest amount of rainfall, but he says the streets are doing exactly what they are designed to do.
“When Midland was developed the streets were the conveyance system, and that’s how water moves through Midland. It’s from the yard to the street and ultimately to the channel, and then out of town, so Wadley is performing exactly like it was designed,” said Midland City Engineer, David Beard.
Beard says that the city is currently conducting two drainage studies that will help determine how the city’s future drainage systems will be implemented.
“What we’ll have is a road map of how the channels and Jals are supposed to be developed as development continues,” said David Beard.
While the water sitting on top Grafa Park, may give it the appearance of a pool, Allen advises against anyone taking a dip in it.
“No I wouldn’t recommend it, its dirty, there’s probably snake holes,” said Paris Allen.