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HC Flood Control District Responds To Strong Community Opposition

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Controversy is brewing at a local well hike and bike trail.

More than 1000 residents who use Terry Hershey Park in west Houston are joining together to fight to keep the park the way it is. They say they are threatened by future plans that would change the park to reduce flooding.

Earlier this week the Harris County Commissioners approved a $250,000 plan to survey the trees in the area. The approval is getting strong opposition from the community.

The Harris County Flood Control District owns the property known as Terry Hershey Park.

"What we are looking for in the survey is the types of trees, the quantity of the trees, the location of the trees," said Michael Talbott, the district's director.

The future of the trees and the park is what's getting people going.

"Without trees, it just wouldn't be the same would it? There's wildlife, squirrels, rabbits. The whole feel of the bayou would be gone if the trees weren't there. That's for sure," said John Dyer who uses the bike trails at the park regularly.

There's a group of residents that have formed an effort called 'Save Our Forest.' They have started an online petition against what they say is the districts future flood control plans which includes excavating large detention basins in wooded areas in the park.

Talbott says there are no such plans.

"We disagree with a lot of their points and their background. They are simply misrepresenting what we are doing. They are creating some urban myths that people have bought into full force."

He said residents should not be concerned.

"If the survey shows there isn't a square foot of land out there that is suitable for flood control purposes, then we have to find other alternatives. We have studies dating back 15 years or more that state that detention storage is effective in the area."

The survey should take a few months. The flood control district emphasizes no plans are in the works and if there were, they would get the community involved.

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