When Maria Bernal's baby stopped breathing after midnight, she called 911. The child turned blue as she waited 90 minutes for ambulances to arrive; the ambulances were stuck in the sand.
Over 250 families live in Highland Oaks, an unincorporated corner of Bexar County, cut off from essential services because they have no streets â€” only sand. Schools stopped sending buses to Highland Oaks because they, too, would get stuck.
Following several research actions and public assemblies, Highland Oaks residents escalated their fight, holding a press conference at the County Commissioners Court and testifying about the life and death dangers of County refusal to pave their roads.
Organized around the Daughters of Charity's El Carmen Wellness Center and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, COPS / Metro Alliance has been supporting the residents by identifying leaders, preparing them for public action and developing their capacity to fight on their own behalf.
South Bexar County Residents, Activists Call for Road Improvements, Rivard Report
Solutions Sought for Bexar Road Woes, San Antonio Express News
Residentes Exigen Mejorias Para Su Comunidad, Univision
Activists Say Sandy, Unpaved Roads Creating Dangerous Hazards, KSAT 12