City: More than 9,300 dead trees in Houston parks from drought

September 21, 2011 9:22:56 AM PDT
The extreme Texas drought is hitting Houston extremely hard.

On Wednesday morning, the city's parks director estimates more than 9,300 trees in city parks have died because of the drought. That's up from last week's estimate of just a couple thousand.

Crews have been out clearing dead trees in parks, such as Memorial Park, to cut down on the risk of a wildfire. That same risk has prompted Mayor Annise Parker to ban all open flames, including barbecues and cigarettes, in city parks.