City’s storm water system inadequate, whistleblower says
SAN DIEGO — A recent storm is prompting new warnings about flooding dangers in San Diego.
During a meeting of the City Council’s Environment Committee , a video exposed outdated equipment and a lack of security at storm water facilities and pumping stations.
The video shows a whistleblower who works for the city’s Transportation and Storm Water Department giving Councilman David Alvarez a tour and pointing out the trouble areas.
“We have multiple break-ins all the time with transients cutting the fence…steal the copper. It’s not a guarded facility in any way,” the whistleblower said in the video.
During the meeting, Alvarez expressed his disappointment with what he discovered during the tour of pumping stations.
“I was really disturbed at the disrepair they are in — how antiquated some of the equipment was. It made me realize how close we are to having a serious flooding emergency in the city,” said Alvarez.
The councilman also criticized the department for not efficiently maintaining storm drains and gutters.