Washburn Tunnel Reopens
The Washburn Tunnel, which goes under the Ship Channel, has been closed ever since the storm surge from Ike did what was thought to be all but impossible -- it flooded the tunnel.
More than $100,000 in damages occurred, but as of 5 a.m. Saturday, the tunnel's open for business.
"It's totally back to normal, totally safe," Marco Bracamontes tells Hair Balls. "There are some minor details, like paint that needs some re-touching but that will be done at low-traffic times."
Bracamontes, a spokesman for County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, notes that tolls on the Sam Houston Bridge, which have been suspended, will go back in effect Wednesday.
"It took a full week of pumping 24-hours per day to remove in excess of ten million gallons of water from the mile-long tunnel," Garcia's office noted.
-- Richard Connelly