Police waiting for dozens of vehicles to be pulled from Houston bayous this summer

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Houston Police Department investigators are standing on the banks of Houston bayous this week, watching and waiting as contractors dive into the muddy waters to find dozens of submerged vehicles, according the the Harris County Flood Control District. There might be more than 100.

Police expect to find evidence of many crimes dating back decades. In recent efforts, many of the discovered vehicles had been reported stolen years ago, such as one from a 1999 armed robbery and another after a 2000 home invasion, according to the flood control district. The oldest vehicle recovered in the pilot project last year was a 1978 Datsun 280Z reported stolen in 1982.


Some cars, however, have contained human remains, such as a sedan pulled in December 2016 from Buffalo Bayou in George Bush Park and another pulled in July 2015 from Sims Bayou, the Chronicle previously reported. That’s less likely, but not out of the realm of possibility.

This phase of the project began Wednesday and will continue for about two months. Harris County awarded the $218,255 contract to Huffman Contractors LLC, a Port Arthur-based diving and marine construction company, the flood control district reported. They are expected to remove about 65 vehicles.

“The contractor will use certified commercial divers and an excavator mounted on a series of floating barges to extract the submerged vehicles, along with other techniques,” according to the flood control district, which oversees projects meant to reduce the damage from flooding from the 2,500 or so miles of bayous and creeks in Harris County.

The locations targeted this summer include Lidstone Street on Brays Bayou, other spots along Brays Bayou and several parts of Sims Bayou. 


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