13 Sep '17, 11am

Meanwhile back in TX: Toxic water flooded Houston homes after #Harvey

This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last month, Hurricane Harvey dropped an unprecedented 50 inches of rain in Houston and across southeast Texas causing deadly floods and environmental disasters , such as chemical plant explosions and flooded toxic sites. Now, residents have another problem to worry about. According to tests organized by the New York Times and conducted by a team from Baylor Medical College and Rice University, the floodwaters in two Houston neighborhoods have been contaminated with toxins and bacteria that can make people sick. It’s unclear where else these toxins might have spread, but 40 of 1,219 waste treatment plants are not functioning: The results of The Times’s testing were troubling. Water flowing down Briarhills Parkway in the Houston Energy Corridor contained Esch...

Full article: http://grist.org/article/toxic-water-flooded-houston-home...

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