The Community That Was Forgotten
By Jesús Aguado
Although a newly paved street will bring benefits to them, residents of Don Diego complained to the Department of Public Works about severe flooding in their homes while the paving is being done.
The community was founded at the end of 1960 after the construction of the Allende dam. Since then the community and its roads have had been forgotten by the local authorities. When the local government finally decided to provide a benefit to its residents, it brought them more problems. The recent rainfall has flooded their patios, garages, and even their rooms.
The director of the department, Rodrigo Maldonado, visited the community and told the inhabitants that the problem will be solved.
Independent of the traffic problems that the paving of this road generated in the community—because they are in an area of high traffic and population—the neighbors also complained that due to construction damage, the water got into their rooms, their garages, and patios. During the rainy season, they have been cleaning the messes at night. Although they do not have material damages yet, the water has entered in their rooms.
Maldonado told Atención that the work is still in progress. His department decided to helpout that community because it has been abandoned and ignored by the local authorities since its foundation. He said that the problems the neighbors have had result from the weather. The investment of 1.2 million pesos came from the local budget, and the residents did not pay “a single penny” for more than one kilometer of paving, which will be completed by the end of this month.
Maldonado stated that in some cases it will be impossible to avoid having the water enter the patios and homes because that problem has existed since the beginning of the community. “The difference of height between the houses in the lower part compared with those in the upper area of the street is about two meters,” he said, and he said that they will not be able to solve that problem, but he also assured that people are happy with the road. Maldonado said the government will guarantee security to those who did not have a problem with the water by constructing sidewalks or ditches.
The director assured that the Public Works Department conducted all the necessary studies for paving the street and there are no mistakes. “The street will be more beautiful and safer,” he commented.
The local government also supported the community with the improvement of their system of potable water, which was inefficient.