ANGLETON — Applause greeted the vote Tuesday that could signal a step forward in flood mitigation in western Brazoria County as Commissioners’ Court unanimously approved awarding a dredging contract for reopening of the mouth of the San Bernard River.

“We’re going to have a dredge out there hopefully sometime in July, isn’t that right, Matt?” Precinct 1 Commissioner Dude Payne said to County Engineer Matt Hanks. “I know Matt’s met with Rigid Constructors — we were able to save some money. We’ve got a lot of folks from Friends of the River (in the audience). Commissioner (David) Linder and I, the last time we were at their annual meeting, we considered wearing bags over our heads because we’ve been going the past four years now and promising this was going to happen. I know there were some people who doubted it was going to happen. I was beginning to doubt myself that it would ever happen.”

Wes Wolfe is a reporter for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0152.

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Hopefully they will start planning the maintenance dredging within a year of finishing the initial dredging. Otherwise it will close back up.

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