Debris trucks from San Antonio Solid Waste Management

Neighbors watched in awe as a highly organized convoy of heavy debris trucks from the City of San Antonio rolled into Kings Point’s The Cove subdivision on Monday morning to clean up debris along Palisade Falls and Scenic Shore Drives.

Hurricane Harvey hit Houston Aug. 27 and caused an unprecedented flood of the community. Hundreds of homes were damaged and residents brought soaked belongings, along with carpet and Sheetrock, onto their curbs.

The trucks moved into the Kingwood area on Sunday night and staged them at the Kingwood METRO Park and Ride. Bright and early, at 7 a.m., they began rolling into some of the heaviest hit subdivisions of Barrington, Fosters Mill and Kings Point (The Landing/The Cove). The trucks worked from a priority listing based on damage and planned to move through the neighbourhoods as quickly as possible.

Houston City Council Member Dave Martin’s office coordinated with the community to clear the streets of vehicles, trailers, and debris to make room for the trucks. There was a major community volunteer response to help make this happen. Residents spread the word on social media, via texts, and via phone calls. Residents Al and Judy LeBlanc went door to door in Kings Point Sunday night to recruit volunteers for the Monday morning event. Volunteers showed up in droves in all subdivisions to help with traffic control and parking.

The San Antonio crews said they got word on Friday that they would be deployed to Houston over the weekend. The San Antonians say they are vhappy to help their fellow Texans. Residents who did not flood were happy for their neighbors, saying that the debris removal will be a huge psychological boost.

In a television appearance on Sunday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott stated Texas will need $180 billion in federal aid to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. The amount exceeds damage of Hurricane Sandy ($50 billion) and even Hurricane Katrina ($120 billion).

Jacqueline Havelka
Author: Jacqueline HavelkaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am a rocket scientist turned writer. I worked at Lockheed Martin-Johnson Space Center for many years managing experiments on the Space Station and Shuttle, and I now own my own firm, Inform Scientific, specializing in technical and medical writing and research program management. I am a contributing correspondent to The Tribune, a Kingwood resident for 12 years, and proud mom to two Aggie sons.

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