Tree Lane Bridge over Ben’s Branch
Bear Branch Elementary and Child Time on Tree Lane in Kingwood sit right next to a bridge over Ben’s Branch. Most people in Kingwood don’t need a reminder of the power of moving water. But for those with short memories this is it. A floodway and floodplain more than 250 feet wide narrows down to 80 feet at the bridge.
Lap-Band Surgery for the Creek
It’s like the creek had lap-band surgery.
The predictable result: water backs up behind the bridge and then jets through the opening. The water has literally torn the concrete lining designed to prevent erosion into confetti. Note how the erosion has also exposed a pipeline.
Note the erosion immediately downstream from the bridge.
Powerful lessons for anyone who thinks he or she can outsmart Mother Nature for long.
One More Thing to Consider in Kingwood Area Drainage Analysis
Harris County Flood Control is in the middle of its Kingwood Area Drainage Analysis right now. I hope they take a close look at this. While the bridge itself seems stable at this point, if this erosion continues unabated, that could easily change.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 12/2/2019
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