The latest addition to the growing collection of signage at the Westview Dr. crossing of Spring Branch: a shinyÂ new stick-in-your-yard-style biohazard warning sign, one of a numberÂ that popped up over the weekend along stretches of the creek that got the full vermillion treatment after last week’s chemical-fueled warehouse fireÂ about a mile upstream. The newcomer joins the inveterate kiddo-crossing and school-zone signs tipping off drivers to the proximity of bothÂ Moritz Pech Family Park and Valley Oaks Elementary School, along with a Keep Spring Branch Clean & Green! anti-litter placard and aÂ vintage No Dumping $200 Fine.
Other indicators of last week’s spill include the multi-colored booms still strung across the waterway (shown here looking south):
Similar booms are currently hanging out around the crossing of Spring Branch under I-10:Â
And here’s a shot of the water north of the I-10 feeder — not just-killed-a-guy red, but still showing some dark patches:Â
The frontageÂ sidewalk gets its own biohazard signs too — here’s a shot looking east from nearÂ Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church, across Chimney Rock Rd. toward the Shoppes at Memorial Village strip center:
TheÂ city of Spring Valley Village says the waterway is being prepared to flush out remaining contaminants, and is asking its residents to please stay away from the water (no matter what else you’ve read on the Internet) while all those environmental test results are pending. Folks are also advised to get in touch withÂ Texas Parks and Wildlife if more dead or live animals are found in contaminated areas, and NOT to pick up anyÂ critters.
- CAUTION BIOHAZARD – Stay Clear of Spring Branch CreekÂ [City of Spring Valley Village]
- Warehouse Fire Runoff Devastates Spring Branch Creek WildlifeÂ [abc13]
- Previously on Swamplot: Good Thing Spring Branch Had All That Flooding Last Month; That Blood Red Stuff in the Bayou May Not Be Spring Branchâ€™s Biggest Problem Right Now; Whatâ€™s On Fire in Spring Branch This Morning And Who the City Says Should Worry About It