It's been 11 months since the storm, and trees, trash, logs and vegetative material are still floating in the water. That debris slows water flowing into the lake from surrounding creeks and rivers, which can lead to serious flooding when it storms.
"Harvey was a huge wake up call. We've got to learn. Take the lessons that we've learned. That's why we'll be out here for the next three to six months removing the debris... and that's just one step," Mayor Turner said Friday. "When you combine what the city will be doing with what FEMA will be doing, with what the county is proposing to do.... I think we can significantly improve the situation out here for the people in the Kingwood area."
DEBRIS REMOVAL on #LakeHouston today. This stuff is from Harvey! Crazy it’s still clogging feeder creeks and rivers. Mayor will be out here today checking on progress. Started on May and will take 4-6 mos! #abc13 https://t.co/IEwA4LAvuc pic.twitter.com/U02YT5a8Oc— Courtney Fischer (@CourtneyABC13) July 6, 2018
Cleanup in the area started last month. A spokesperson for Mayor Turner tells ABC13 nine barges are on the water each day and crews collect anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 cubic yards of debris.
Reports are that the removal project could cost anywhere from $8 million to $20 million.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to pay for 90 percent of the cleanup. The city will pay for 10 percent.
Here’s what today will look like! Mayor @SylvesterTurner’s team sent me these pics taken yesterday. City officials hitching a ride on a barge today to watch crews at work. This cleanup could take another 5 months! #abc13 https://t.co/IEwA4LAvuc pic.twitter.com/RDP8n5ZtWc— Courtney Fischer (@CourtneyABC13) July 6, 2018
The trash will be transferred into dump trucks and carted away.
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