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Monday, August 04, 2008

Water Runs Downhill, Ya Know...

There's A Reason Houstonians Don't Have Basements!

Back in January I posted the following comment on BlogHouston regarding the spiffy new underground parking garage across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center:
Y'all do know there's a one-acre duck pond planned for Discovery Green park that will be located directly above the parking garage, right? Also, the landscaping over the parking garage entrance will host some grassy hillsides set at a steep & unsupported angle. This should ensure that after a nice long spring rain, we'll get to see firsthand a geological event known as "slump".

Should be fun...

Now I see this in the news... (edited for length)
Leaks At The Discovery Green Garage

Yesterday Channel 13 Eyewitness News reporter Miya Shay reported that Discovery Green’s brand-new $21-million dollar parking garage leaks.

The source for her story? An unidentified City Council member who wouldn’t speak on camera “because of the sensitive nature of this issue.”

Anyway, we tried to talk with Discovery Green Park Director Guy Hagstatte but he was busy in meetings all morning, so we got hold of a representative for the park (who also wished not to be named – are we missing something here?). She assured us that the leaks, aside from the occasional plop-plop drip on the head of an unsuspecting visitor, are not a major concern for the garage and not an indication of structural damage.

“Concrete will get cracks in it and water comes through cracks. It is a common situation. Discovery Green is working to reduce the amount,” she said via e-mail.

Y'know, I hate to say "I told you so", but...


I expect a complete collapse the first time there's a heavy summer rain, and a really loud band is playing anywhere in a 10 block radius.