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South Austin development blamed for drainage problems

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Residents in a six unit condo development have set up sand and cement bags to stop water runoff from flooding their homes. The problem is blamed on the way the condo subdivision across the street off Del Curto Road was built.

Oscar Lipchak has lived in his home since the 90's and lately he's had to keep tools nearby every time it rains.

"I have actually shovels that I use to scrape the silt because it gets pretty thick. It is quite a bit of silt," said Lipchak.

He's had to change how he parks at times he says because of how much debris ends up in his property.

"You can see the silt right along the edge of the road too," he said.

It's been an ongoing battle between the residents on the east side of Del Curto against Milestone Community Builders.

FOX 7 received the following statement from the developer:

"Milestone Community Builders has been diligently working with the City of Austin since the issue presented itself. We are confident the City of Austin will confirm our commitment to resolving the issue in a timely manner."

The city of Austin says it's all in how the subdivision was built.

"The central driveway took all the water and discharged it straight to Del Curto where it crossed the roadway," said Jose Guerrero with Austin Watershed Protection.

Guerrero says the city approved a subdivision platt and building permits on the site and that's it.

"This is in a single family less than an acre site and in those ranges typically there isn't a site plan required," said Guerrero.

But this case has prompted changes in the development review process. Now the city will require more information earlier in the process, including sketches for engineers to find possible drainage issues. The goal he says is to get this problem solved and to do it quickly before any more rain continues to cause problems.

"They've submitted a curb that will drain water to the north and south," said Guerrero.

The plan is under review by the city. If approved the developer could get permits to begin fixing the problem within weeks.

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