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Getting Answers: Henderson roundabout flooding

Posted at 5:35 PM, Jan 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-03 18:35:17-05

Construction on two roundabouts at the Henderson exit off I-10 is almost complete, but flooding is still a problem.

Many of you have asked us on social media to look into the issue. Now, we’re getting answers from DOTD.

Frank Diesi, owner of Diesi’s Lucky Capitol sent us video showing flooding below I-10 in the construction zone.

“They told us that wouldn’t be an issue at all and that it would be addressed and taken care of,” Diesi said. “Obviously it wasn’t because between the two roundabouts under the interstate it looked like there was about two feet of water.”

DOTD said it will be awhile before they can figure out exactly what’s going on with the drainage. They need the area to dry out so crews can get back to work.

“We asked our design engineer to go back and look at his design, look at the numbers and see what should have happened,” said Bill Oliver with DOTD. “We’re also asking our contractor and consultant to look at the conditions and to make sure nothing in the construction has caused a problem.”

Diesi said the flooding and construction has had an impact on his business.

“Traveling both ways, both north and south on the state highway was an issue,” said Diesi. “People weren’t getting off the interstate because they couldn’t so they just kept going.”

Oliver said, ” We have some ditches to re-grade, drain and clean. Also on the north side, we have some additional pipe work to do and a catch basin that’s too high. We need an adequate catch basin to help drain everything properly.”