River Grove Dredging Done, Only Cleanup Left
Ever since Harvey filled up the lagoon next to the River Grove boardwalk, Kingwood residents have clamored to restore the area. This week they got their wish. Kayden Industries has removed its two dredges and the giant “shaker” that separated sand from water. This morning, all that remained of the operation was a front-end loader, a giant pile of sand, and dump trucks rapidly carrying it away. They should be done with the operation this week.
Damage Due to Harvey
Here’s the story in pictures starting with Harvey.
Army Corps Breaks Through Blockage
KSA Excavates Park and Plans Dredging
It took the next year for KSA to:
- Remove up to five feet of sand covering the parking lot and areas near the boardwalk
- Restore soccer fields also covered in sand
- Repave access roads and parking lots undermined by churning floodwaters
- Inspect the boardwalk to ensure it was structurally sound.
- Draw up a dredging plan for the lagoon with an engineer.
- Identify a suitable place to put the spoils.
- Bid the job.
- Approve the plan and expenditure.
It was a monumental effort. Dee Price, KSA President and steward of River Grove Park, and Bruce Casto, KSA’s maintenance man, deserve kudos for spearheading the effort and saving this park.
Step One for Dredging: Remove Vegetation
KSA approved River Grove dredging in November of 2019 but left the park open for the holidays. Mobilization began in January and dredging finally began in February of 2020.
Drying the Spoils Before Trucking
Last Week, Demobilization Began
Almost two months after it started, Kayden began demobilizing. Resident Josh Alberson captured the image below with his drone.
Water along the boardwalk is 3-5 feet deep, so don’t let kids play in it. That could be dangerous.
Some Repaving Left to Do
All the heavy traffic has taken a toll on park roads. “Everyone needs to understand that the paving problems on the road between the gate and the first stop sign were there long before we started trucking dirt,” said Dee Price, KSA President. “We have patched that area numerous times in the past.” Price said KSA needs to mill and re-pave that piece of road as the group did with the soccer road. Price plans to put that project in the next fiscal-year budget. But for now, she says, “We need to patch it again until we can do the major improvement next year.”
Posted by Bob Rehak with thanks to Josh Alberson for the drone imagery
958 Days since Hurricane Harvey