Cisco residents still dealing with flooding, limited options


CISCO, Texas - Three weeks after Lake Cisco flowed over the spillway, some people living in the area are still dealing with flooded homes.

"The flooding here was a natural disaster," said Melvin Whilcoxen, a Lake Cisco resident.

Whilcoxen has lived near Lake Cisco since he was a young boy. He was cleaning up around his home Wednesday and said he had about an inch of water in his home.

"There's a lot of folks here that need help and we really don't see the help coming our way," Whilcoxen said.

Other residents around the lake showed their frustrations with signs reading, "Please make the city pump water out to save homes."

"A pump can't do that," Cisco Mayor James King said, addressing the call for action. "It's just like sucking water out of a straw, it won't make any noticeable difference. Evaporation takes more daily out of a lake then what we could pump out."

Some signs also asked the city to open the flood gates.

"[The flood gates] are at the bottom of the dam, if you were to force them open now, there is no telling if you could get them closed, and therefore the entire lake would drain out," King said.

Cisco is still under a boil water notice. The water treatment plant was damaged in the flooding and King said it will take 12 to 18 months to build a new one.

"I understand the frustrations, I really do," King said. "It's just not something the city is responsible for."

According to King, the temporary water treatment plant that is servicing residents costs the city about $40,000 a month.

Residents are asked to conserve as much water as possible.

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