No bridge over troubled waters

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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
    Drone footage of the flooded State Highway 71 bridge taken April 2019. Courtesy/Marna Martinez
  • Logs and other debris piled around SH 71/ Courtesy Marna Martinez
    Logs and other debris piled around SH 71/ Courtesy Marna Martinez
  • Texas State Highway 71 advocate Marna Martinez poses in front of the log jam at the bridge. Courtesy
    Texas State Highway 71 advocate Marna Martinez poses in front of the log jam at the bridge. Courtesy
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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