Ocean Blue News Blog
by Richard Arterbury
A clean city is one thing however many of you know as well as I do, Houston Texas is full of trash throughout neighborhoods that just pile trash in streets, or on vacant land. Have you ever hear of the 5th Ward? I will share photos of what this neighborhood looks like prior to this massive flood.
What happens when one of the largest cities is under the sea. First of all even touching this oil filled water is not safe and many animals will die and just think the Ocean will most likely have a huge tummy pain as the water resides into our World's Ocean.
One of 12 Superfund Site of Houston Texas
This is just one of the five toxic Superfund site in Houston, where ethylbenzene, chlorinated hydrocarbons and other chemical compounds were once pooled in pits before the Environmental Protection Agency removed them, and it drains into our watershed we get our drinking water from. Harris County, home to Houston, has at least a dozen federal Superfund sites, more than any county in Texas.
On top of that, the state lists several other highly toxic sites managed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Up to 30 percent of the county is under water. Like other scientists in the area, Highfield is deeply worried about toxins leaking into the water during an unprecedented rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Harvey that caused dams to spill over for the first time in history.
The waters dumped by Hurricane Harvey is full of toxic chemicals, sewage, debris and waste that still floods much of the city. With sewers and fears of cholera, typhoid and other infectious diseases caused by pathogens. Houston is known for it's runoff from sprawling petroleum and chemicals complex contains any number of hazardous compounds, like lead, arsenic and other toxins and carcinogenic elements are leaching from several flooded supper fund sits in this flooded Houston City. Maps:
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