Railroad Company Says It Does Not Own Railroad Avenue

SAN BENITO, Texas - Residents on Railroad Avenue in San Benito said they need the rain but the road doesn’t. 

News Center 23’s Marlane Rodriguez returned to Railroad Avenue to witness how the heavy rain impacted the already damaged road. 

“Right now, it’s probably about 4-5 inches [of rain] in every hole, it’s pretty bad,” said Tony Cuellar. 

“We need the rain but this road needs to get fixed,” he said. 

Cuellar and his sister said they haven’t received mail since Monday, because the rain made driving too difficult. 

Last week, residents told News Center 23 trash hadn’t been picked up in two weeks, due to huge potholes and large puddles of water. 

 “Imagine if we had a fire here, by the time the fire department gets here the house is going to be burned down,” Cuellar said. 

In a statement, the City of San Benito said the road is owned by the Union Pacific Railroad Company, but today the company disputed that claim. 

“That is not a Union Pacific road way, Railroad Avenue, part of it straddles our property, our right of way but it is not a road way that we put in nor do we maintain it,” said Jeff DeGraff, Union Pacific Railroad Corporate Relations and Media Director. 

Cuellar and family hope the road will be fixed soon, so their lives won’t be disrupted because of heavy rainfall anymore.

 “It’s pretty hard to get through here, it takes us about ten minutes to get through the street,” he said. 

News Center 23 reached out to the City of San Benito for further comment and have not heard back yet.


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