Homeowners near Cowden Park continue cleanup after storms

by Mitzi Loera

NewsWest 9

The people who live across the street from Cowden Park are doing some unplanned interior redesign.

They say the water from Thursday's storms should have made its way into the park, but made its way inside their homes instead.

The damage costing them thousands of dollars.

"You can tell all the way down the fences it's all the same height," Jim Hamilton said.

A water line marks the fences where flood waters peaked in the alley of this Midland neighborhood.

The back rooms of Jim Hamilton's home were soaked.  He believes flood waters backed up from Cowden Park into the alley.

"We've seen it collect water before and it supposed to, from what I understand the pump wasn't working at that time, I'm not sure it was debris that got into the pump or what it wasn't working so that contributed to part of the problem," Hamilton said.

The water draining into Cowden Park had such force it broke apart a cinder block fence flooding the alley allowing it to seep into several homes, except for one.

"I think he said in 95 was the last time this happened and so when he came in and got everything cleaned up he came in and built this concrete retaining wall and that stopped the water from getting into his home this time," Hamilton said.

Many of the homeowners on Ward street don't have flood insurance included in their policies. 

Something some insurance agents say is very inexpensive, especially here in the Permian Basin.

"In the Permian Basin we have lower rates than if we lived closer to large bodies of water."

"The yearly premium we have some as low as 122 a month it varies," said Erika Lara of Ashmore & Associates.

For now over at the Hamilton home the fans continue to dry out soggy carpet.

The clean up will continue through the weekend, and the Hamilton's won't get their new carpet until Monday.