The footage above captures Ed Nelson’s high-water trek last Monday through an overflowing detention basin at the corner of Bob White Dr. and Reamer St. just north of Brays Bayou. Nelson narrates his soggy expedition through the basin (which sits at the south end of the Robindell and Braes Timbers neighborhoods, between Hillcroft Ave. and Fondren Rd.) as he attempts to document different flows of water into and out of the pond; he ultimately claims that water is flowing into the detention pond from Brays, and moving from there into the floodway easement running behind nearby houses on Reamer.
Nelson and other neighbors claim that the surrounding area did not flood prior to the detention basin’s completion in 2008, and that the detention pond was intended to collect water from the surrounding neighborhood and prevent it from flowing too quickly into Brays bayou — whereas during the Tax Day and Memorial Day floods, the basin purportedly collected water from the bayou and channeled it into the neighborhood, causing houses to flood that neighbors believe might not have otherwise.
The video ends near the municipal water facility at the south end of the detention pond; also visible is the multi-story complex of Medallion Assisted Living and Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care to the east of the basin.
- Houston neighborhoods shouldn’t be detention ponds
- Sharpstown Area Drainage Improvements Project [Houston Storm Water Management Program]
- Previously on Swamplot: Videos: What S. Braeswood Looks Like Fully Submerged, and Other Aquatified Aerial Houston Scenes; Shots of Brays Bayou Stretching Out along S. Braeswood Dr.; Where Houston Flooded and Where It Didn’t on Memorial Day
Video: Ed Nelson