CHRISTOVAL, TX – Tom Green County residents who live off of Mineral Wells Rd. in Christoval are stranded once again as the S. Concho river has risen over the only bridge leading to the neighborhood.
Watch video from Mineral Wells park along the river:
The 50 or 60 residents experienced the same issue in 2018 when the S. Concho river flooded because of heavy rainfall. Water ran over the small, curved bridge for months in 2018.
The problem is no one knows who actually owns the bridge and there is no other way out of the neighborhood.
In the past, residents were allowed to drive through a ranch on a road that led from the are to FM-2335, the farm-to-market road between the town of Knickerbocker and US 277.
That ranch was purchased some years ago and the new owner doesn't allow those residents to cross his private property which is perfectly legal.
Tom Green County Pct 4 County Commissioner Bill Ford said Thursday that they are monitoring the situation and the water is too high at this time to remove the tree which is in the roadway on the bridge. Ford said when the water recedes far enough that it is safe, a county crew will remove the tree and clear the roadway.
Ford said since the 2018 issue, he has been working on a grant to improve the bridge but that process takes years because the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and other state agencies have to approve any plans to repair or replace the bridge because it is in the water way which is owned by the State.
Ford expects the river to continue to flow over the bridge for some time and they will continue to monitor the situation.