Houston Dog Rescue urges action to make Willowbend Bayou safer

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Willowbend may soon get help for animals trapped in the bayou.

Weeks after the community came together to rescue a trapped dog from Willow Waterhole Bayou, Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle has teamed up with the Harris County Flood Control District to make the waterway safer. safe to go out.

Called the Willow Waterhole Safety Project, the HCFCD will install six sets of concrete stairs along the bayou. The stairs will be constructed so that residents and animals can exit from either side of the bayou.

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“Good neighbors protect each other,” Cagle said, “and the Harris County government should always strive to be a good neighbor.”

Willowbend resident Rhonda Gibbons has lived along the bayou since 1995 and said rescuing animals that have fallen into the canal system has become a regular occurrence.

Gibbons credited the Chronicle’s report of such a rescue with helping to spur change.

“Even after the first article, there was another dog in the bayou two weeks later, and an older man came down to pick him up and we had to help him out,” Gibbons said. “It’s a great idea that they’re doing this.”

According to project details, the county expects construction to cost $50,000 and begin in mid-August 2022.

Willow Waterhole’s proposed stair locations are intended to improve the safety of people and animals falling into the bayou.

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Stairs will not be constructed at crossings to prevent the public from viewing them as potential access points.

“I am truly grateful to the Flood Control District for working with me to provide these potentially life-saving measures to the residents of Willowbend and their pets,” Cagle said.

Gibbons says there’s still work to be done to mitigate the animal spill and prevent the animals from getting stuck in the bayou in the first place.

“I don’t know how you could stop it,” Gibbons said. “But it’s just endemic here, that’s for sure.”

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