No bridge over troubled waters


SH 71 log jam has been building up for years — why it’s more critical than ever

Drone footage of the flooded State Highway 71 bridge taken April 2019. Courtesy/Marna Martinez
During the wet spring of May 2018, Emblem resident Marna Martinez noticed a prodigious stench emerging from the forest near her house. In Martinez’s best approximation, it smelled “horrible … like sewage and dead stuff. Dead trees and rotting land.” “It picked it up through the air conditioning of the car,” Martinez said. She would later learn from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality …

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