Earthman Cemetery’s New Neighbor: A Neighborhood-Sized Hole by Greens Bayou


glen-forest-stormwater-detention-basinJust south of the Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home and Cemetery on I-45 — and just north of Greens Bayou — the Harris County Flood Control District is in the process of digging up more than 2 million cubic feet of soil from the Glen Forest Stormwater Detention Basin-to-be. (That’s the purple shaded area in the map shown here, right upstream from the cluster of bayou-side apartment complexes that flooded on Tax Day and helped spur the pre-dawn conversion of Greenspoint Mall into an emergency shelter.) If the name “Glen Forest” strikes you as a bit mid-century-suburban-neighborhood, that’s because it is: the 160-acre site is named after the sixties-era Glen Forest subdivision formerly constructed on the property. The neighborhood was purchased and demolished as part of HCFCD’s buyout program in the early 2000’s, but the roadways and signs had mostly stuck around, at times serving as a convenient backdrop for unsanctioned motor sports, as demonstrated in the video below:


The 3 interconnecting basins planned for the Glen Forest project are designed to hold approximately 434.2 million gallons (that’s about 1,333 acre-feet) of rainwater and potential bayou overflow. You can still explore the neighborhood via Google Streetview in its post-demolition-pre-excavation state; anyone still hanging onto hope of moving to the vanished subdivision might look into buying out the currently for sale scrapyard that adjoins the dig site along the I-45 feeder:

12902 North Fwy., Greenspoint, Houston, 77060

Images: Sam Schon (photos), HCFCD (map of project area)

Video: MotorMavens

Greens- and Grave-side Digging

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