Bryan City Crews Fixing Erosion Problems On Upper Burton Creek

BRYAN, TX Heavy rain can really send a torrent of floodwater down Burton Creek in Bryan, and that causes erosion.

So much so that the city is having so shore up some backyards.

The backyard of a home on Brook Hollow Court has been steadily shrinking.

And the owners have been concerned a pool and patio could slide down the hillside.

News 3 traveled to Upper Burton Creek in Bryan where the city is stepping in after our initial report on the problem last October.

It's a bit of a muddy mess back there with crews making a lot of progress this first day of work to fix a years-long problem as erosion is causing homes to come closer to Burton Creek.

A new rock retaining wall called a gabion wire mesh system is being installed to fix a sinking situation.

Tons of rocks and lots of labor from City of Bryan crews Monday afternoon.

Burton Creek resembled a mud hole but it's for a good cause.

"The fence of course is falling apart. We can't do anything with it. And the concrete around the pool is breaking and there's nothing we can actually do until it is fixed," said Sharon Burk of Brook Hollow Court.

She has lived here two years.

Last October she first told us about Burton Creek eroding into her backyard causing thousands of dollars in damage.

There's now only a few feet between her deck and a huge drop off.

"Well, really to be honest I noticed it. The first rainfall when we moved in here. Each rain it kept eroding eroding," said Burk.

The city is now responding in full force.

Brett McCully is Bryan's Assistant City Engineer and Flood Plan Administrator.

"It's a wire basket that we actually purchase. It's vinyl clad to resist rust. We can bring it in, assemble it, fill it with rock, and vegetation can grow back through it. It's a very natural way to do it," said McCully.

The work is being paid for by drainage utility fees tacked on to BTU bills.

The city says they'll help with projects like this when they can.

"It's got to get pretty bad to actually have a project like this. We can't be everywhere in the city, but we do want to know where those situations are," said McCully.

"I'm very excited. Hopefully I will sleep at night now instead of worrying about my house falling into the creek every time it rains," said a grateful Sharon Burk.

There is a house next door that is also facing erosion problems but city crews are just addressing the most immediate problems right here for now.

The $30,000-plus project is expected to be finished before the end of the week.

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