LITTLE CYPRESS, Texas — A man is worried about the impact the construction of a new Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District administration building will have on his property.
Gene Garcia tells 12News a newly dug ditch could mean flooding for his home and he's addressed the issue multiple times with district officials.
"The damage hasn't occurred yet, but everything is in place the next time we have eight-inch rain," Garcia said.
The Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD administration building has been under construction since July 2022.
School officials say the upgrades are necessary.
"I am trying to get ready for the big storm, because I have a huge source of water near my house and they gave it to me," Garcia said.
Residents fear a ditch used to help the flow of water could overflow into their property, causing damage and flooding.
"I went to the city to look for a drainage plan and they drained for months through a pile of dirt and filled all through our coverts until the water started flowing backwards through our culvert," Garcia said.
Garcia says this will bubble water back into his lawn and some of the neighboring homes, which is why he contacted agencies like TxDOT to hopefully fix this problem.
"They said I could get on a list, to clean their ditches out. I asked for that in July. I asked for a form to request it they had nothing available. Every door I have knocked on has been a dead end," Garcia said.
Garcia hopes to continue bringing this concern to city council meetings.
12News reached out to LCMCISD for comment, but did not get a response in time for this publication.