Last week, cleanup pontoons motored up and down the East Fork and its tributaries near East End Park in Kingwood. Giant claws mounted on the pontoons plucked downed trees and branches out of the water and off the shoreline. It was all part of a continuing effort by the City of Houston to remove debris that contributes to flooding.
Stopping Beaver Dams Before They Start
During floods, the downed trees get swept downstream. They form “beaver dams” that back water up when the debris hangs up on other trees, boat docks, bridges and the Lake Houston dam itself. Removing the debris lowers the risk of flooding and damage.
During Harvey, such debris gathered in supports of the Union Pacific Bridge over the west fork, where it contributed to flooding in Humble.
Improving Boater Safety
The debris pickup also improves boating safety when lake and rivers are low. Submerged trees can injure and kill boaters and water skiers.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 6/21/2020
1028 Days since Hurricane Harvey