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Christmas Comes Early to Porter Dam Flood Victims

Chalk one up for the little folks. Yesterday I wrote a post about someone who built a Road to Nowhere across a drainage ditch along Loop 494, creating the Porter Dam. An tiny culvert under the road backed water up into properties blocks away. It flooded homes, businesses and a church after the rain on December 7th.

Work crews begin removing the Porter Dam.

Mike Eberle (owner of Lakeside Plumbing, Mike’s Hobby Shop, and Gulf Coast Raceway) and his son led the fight to have the Porter Dam removed. Mike’s son, a contractor, contacted TexDoT, showed them Mike’s pictures of the flooding, and TexDoT responded. By this afternoon, I found workmen with a backhoe and bulldozer removing blacktop and earth.

I could not tell whether the workers represented TexDoT or the owners of the property. They were not eager to talk to me while I had a camera. Their truck had no logo.

Backhoe begins removing the blockage that flooded several blocks of homes and businesses.

Regardless, the good news is that they are removing the Porter Dam. I will follow up again later if the job doesn’t get done.

But for now, it looks like Christmas has come early to the people of Porter, thanks to the efforts of Mike Eberle and his son. And this gift is so big, it won’t fit under the tree.

A much-happier Mike Eberle, in his hobby shop on East Knox Drive in Porter in front of his collection of miniature trains.

Posted by Bob Rehak on 12/21/2018

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