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Bryan Backyard Sinking Into Burton Creek

Sharon Burk has a great getaway in her backyard on this quiet corner of Brook Hollow Court in Bryan, but things aren't quite right.

"The dirt to the creek was actually about 10 feet out we have lost now five feet of dirt since we moved in," said Sharon Burk.

In just about a year Burton Creek has crept closer and closer to her home.

Right now only about four feet is all that separates her deck from the edge of the creek bank.

If Sharon Burk were to repair it herself a long-term fix would cost anywhere between $10,000 to $15,000.

"Our pool has cracked and our main concern is that we don't want it to move up to where it cracks the foundation," said Burk.

Next door neighbor Jan Conklin says the city is trying to help. But they are ranked 7th on a list for miscellaneous drainage projects.

"We have plans to take care of adding a fence and rock and concrete to try to help stem the tide until the city can come and help us more permanently," said Dr. Jan Conklin.

But a better fix of something like this could be a year or two away.

City Engineer Paul Kaspar says there's not enough funding to fix everything they'd like, including an erosion control project of $1.5 million.

"Possibly a short-term stabilization, maybe a very localized in some areas of that part of the creek but it won't be that $1.5 million project that will include the entire reach of the creek," said Paul Kaspar.

"We just want our house to be safe we want to keep it, it's our future we plan to live here for a long time," said Burk.

A future still being redrawn as Burton Creek threatens to take this scenic spot some day.

Sharon Burk tells us they are still trying to figure out how much a quicker fix will cost but say it will probably be at least $1,000 which they plan to spend. They are currently working with the homeowners association to make repairs.

The City of Bryan does have a storm water master plan with 122 projects in it at a cost of $67 million.

However annual drainage utility fees only generate about $800,000 a year for the city to pay for projects.


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