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Staying Healthy After a Flood Bookmark

With the widespread flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, Harris County Public Health is warning the public to take precautions when working in flood-damaged areas. As cleanup continues, residents should be aware of the following health hazards: Breathing mold can cause health consequences for some. In those who are susceptible, mold can cause allergy-like symptoms such as a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and skin irritation.

Recovering a Flooded Landscape Bookmark

When a natural disaster strikes, the last item on the recovery list is probably your flower beds and lawn. For those who spend a lot of time laboring in their yards though, it may be more of a priority. With time and patience, nature’s resilience will allow most plants to return naturally. But there are a few tips that can help encourage restoration. • Once your yard is completely dry, remove any limbs, leaves, trash, or sediment buildup. Then mow and apply one-half pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square foot to

Park Closures Bookmark

Mercer Botanic Gardens and Jones Park will be closed until further notice due to the severe flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. Both parks sustained catastrophic damage and may not open for months. While recovery efforts continue, all regularly scheduled parks and Trails As Parks programs are cancelled. Parks and trails along Cypress Creek, including Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, Collins Park, and Meyer Park, are closed pending repairs. Parks and trails along Spring Creek are also closed,