City leaders discuss removing vehicles from Houston bayous

Council members looking to clean up the bayous.

HOUSTON - At first glance, you'd never know what's lurking beneath the surface of the water. But submerged in Houston's bayous are things councilman Michael Kubosh believes ought to come out.

"We have to send a message," said Kubosh. "We have a duty once we see a wrong to fix it."

Kubosh wants officials to remove abandoned vehicles located by sonar beneath the surface of Brays, Buffalo and SIMMS bayous.

"They're all potential crime scenes," said Kubosh. "We have a duty to get these cars out of the bayou system."

He carried his message to Commissioners Court, a week after the city pledged a quarter of a million dollars for the project so long as the county agreed to put up the same amount.

So far, Texas Equusearch has identified 127 old cars and trucks. Some of them could contain people reported missing.

"I'm not going to say they're in this bayou," said Tim Miller. "But I'm not going to say one or two of them aren't. I'm not going to say there are bodies in these cars but I'm not going to say there aren't."

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett seemed receptive to the idea.

"There are lots of good reasons to remove these vehicles from the bayous," said Emmett. "The only reason not to do it comes back to a matter of cost."

But supporters believe no matter the cost, cleaning up the bayous is worth it.

"It's a public safety issue," said Kubosh.

No votes were taken but county and city leaders agreed to continue their discussions next week.


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