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Children played in the high water as city workers used front-end loaders and dump trucks to pick up mounds of debris and brush that lined roads such as Bluewater Highway and Fort Velasco Boulevard on Tuesday.

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A 4 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center indicated a hurricane watch is in effect for Port Aransas to San Luis Pass. The storm’s location was about 85 miles south-southwest of Matagorda and moving north-northeast at 12 mph. Throughout Brazoria County, people stocked up on supplies, but many didn’t seem overly worried.

Both were listed in critical condition with head injuries at the time they were taken by LifeFlight. The report did not indicate whether either man was wearing a helmet.

Experts blame the outflow of numerous rivers and extensive rainfall over the past months for Brazoria County’s dirty beach waters.

Legislation intended to prevent drownings near jetties and piers along the Texas coast is catching local officials by surprise as they begin to figure out how and with what money they’re going to implement the policy.

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Building what people would consider “permanent” structures along the coast can be a fool’s errand, and coastal construction is highly regulated for environmental protection and basic issues with storms and erosion. Those policies weren’t always followed, and ghosts of Follett’s Beach’s development past continue to arise from the sand requiring state contractors to haul off that detritus.