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All That Sand Harvey Left Behind Could Cause Some Major Problems

Along with posing a health risk, officials say there are also economic issues for clearing the sediment and debris along local bayous.

  • Heavy equipment piles up a huge mound of sand in Buffalo Bayou Park.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    Heavy equipment piles up a huge mound of sand in Buffalo Bayou Park. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • A big pile of sand sits next to the trails in Buffalo Bayou Park.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    A big pile of sand sits next to the trails in Buffalo Bayou Park. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • A huge pile of sand next to the trails in Buffalo Bayou Park.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    A huge pile of sand next to the trails in Buffalo Bayou Park. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • Cleanup continues along Buffalo Bayou following Hurricane Harvey. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    Cleanup continues along Buffalo Bayou following Hurricane Harvey. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • Sand and erosion along Buffalo Bayou.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
    Sand and erosion along Buffalo Bayou. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter )
  • Sediment in Buffalo Bayou Park
    Sediment in Buffalo Bayou Park
  • Some trails to the bayou had to be closed as sediment is removed.
    Some trails to the bayou had to be closed as sediment is removed.
  • Matthew Zeve with the Harris County Flood Control district shows an online map of flood-damaged locations.
    Matthew Zeve with the Harris County Flood Control district shows an online map of flood-damaged locations.

Buffalo Bayou Park is a place where the stressed-out urbanite can find a little peace. Joggers and cyclists zip along the trail that runs along the bayou. Visitors can also enjoy quiet patches of woodlands with benches and artwork.

But that solitude has been invaded by some big pieces of heavy equipment that's piling up what Harvey left behind. After the floodwaters went down, the park was covered with sediment that had washed down from upstream.

We talked to the Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the Harris County Flood Control District about why that sediment has to be removed — and what hazards it could pose if it isn't.

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