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HCFCD Completes Post-Harvey Debris Cleanup, O’Rourke Raises $38.1 Million, Pearland ISD Warns About Potential TB Case, And More

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More than 140,000 cubic yards have been removed since the clean-up effort began.

HCFCD completes post-Harvey debris cleanup

The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) said Friday it has completed a county-wide effort to remove downed trees and other storm debris that blocked the bayou drainage system since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas more than a year ago.

More than 140,000 cubic yards (roughly 40,000 tons) have been removed since the clean-up effort began shortly after the storm at an estimated cost of $8.9 million so far.

In recent months, crews have removed more than 25,000 cubic yards (7,042 tons or 642 truckloads) of debris from Buffalo Bayou, and 14,000 cubic yards (3,978 tons or 327 truckloads) from Cypress Creek.

Removing debris from within the county’s 22 watersheds was a priority because downed trees and other storm debris can impede storm water flow and increase erosion, especially along natural forested channels.

Congressman and Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke.

O’Rourke raises $38.1 million, triples Cruz

Democrat Beto O’Rourke says he raised a record-breaking $38.1 million in the past three months, more than tripling the haul of his Republican opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz.

The Texas race for U.S. Senate has become one of the country’s hottest, and maybe its closest.

O’Rourke announced Friday that the funding came from more than 800,000 donors.

O’Rourke’s totals through Sept. 30 broke quarterly Senate fundraising records for non-self-funded campaigns.

Cruz previously announced raising $12 million over the same period.

Pearland ISD warns about potential tuberculosis case

The Pearland Independent School District reported Friday it has received notification from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) that a person who has previously been at Pearland High School has a preliminary diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB).

The school district said in a news release it “is working closely with and under the guidance of the Brazoria County Health Department, who is currently investigating the case.”

“The health department will directly contact parents whose children have been identified as having close, prolonged exposure to the individual,” added the news release, which didn’t elaborate on whether the person was a teacher or a staff member.

Culberson-Fletcher debate moved to October 21

The debate between Republican Congressman John Culberson and Democratic challenger Lizzie Pannill Fletcher has been moved to October 21, the University of Houston (UH) announced Friday.

The debate was originally scheduled to take place on October 15 at 6 p.m.

ABC Channel 13 and Univision 45 are sponsoring the debate, which will take place at UH and is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., and will live stream it.

Culberson represents the Texas 7th Congressional District.