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Another serious problem in colonias are inadequate roads. Although most colonias are located in arid climates, flash flooding can be a serious problem. Some communities were built on dried lakebeds or creekbeds that flood during heavy rains.

A majority of colonias have dirt roads and no surface draining systems. When high waters move through these communities massive flooding can occur. This means many families have to evacuate their homes and often high waters contribute to health concerns because of faulty sewer systems.

Flooding is a problem for 90% of colonias.  Flooding can cause septic tanks to overflow creating hazardous health conditions.

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