New Storm Drainage System Angers Some

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A newly installed storm water draining system is receiving criticism from a southeast Modesto neighborhood.

Salvador Garcia, a Parklawn resident in Modesto points at what he believes is a problem.

"They get filled with water and we can’t get out of houses,” Garcia told FOX40.

They're called swales and it's what Stanislaus County officials are calling the answer to storm flooding.

"Now that we've got so much rain, they've actually worked quite well from a drainage perspective,” Matt Machado, Director Stanlislaus County Public Works explained.

Some residents claim the 6-by-12-foot holes in front of their homes blocks entry ways. County officials argue, they hold rain water and is an expansion of the existing drainage system.

"We’ve designed them so that they’re ADA compliant off of the edge of the shoulder 12-to-1 maximum slope. So we think we have a good design,” Machado said.

Most residents we spoke with said they've had to maneuver around the swales.

“We’re having problems parking our cars,” Garcia said.

Residents add they’ve had to move their mailboxes into pails in front of their homes because, they claim, the postal worker was having difficulty delivering their mail.

"We already had a water drainage system in place until Machado decided this is what we need,” Dennis Casey, a Modesto resident said.

Some residents are also concerned that the swales will lead to property damage.

"There’s one big hole that is eroding,” Garcia said.

Stanislaus County Officials said they've notified the community about the swales about a year ago. They’re hoping to install the swales in front of each home in this unincorporated neighborhood within months.