The New York Times financed the testing of Houston’s floodwaters and the results aren’t pretty

Rare | 9/13/2017 | Gerald Hanks
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A New York Times report shows the floodwaters left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey contain highly toxic levels of bacteria, heavy metals, and other toxic substances.

The newspaper financed the detailed testing of floodwaters and the leftover sediment in several areas of the city. The samples were gathered by boat, truck, and foot, and the tests were conducted by a state-certified laboratory.

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In one instance, the tests revealed the living room of a home near Buffalo Bayou had a concentration of E. coli bacteria that was 135 times the recommended safe level. The tests also revealed high levels of arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals in sediment deposits found in the home’s kitchen.

Lauren Stadler, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University, worked with the newspaper on the report.


“There’s pretty clearly sewage contamination, and it’s...
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