HIGHLANDS, Texas (FOX 26) - A raging river first hammered and then enveloped a toxic dump containing 17,000 truckloads of Dioxin waste. Drone video of the Superfund site confirms extensive damage to exposed areas of the so called "protective cap."
"What we don't see really worries us," said Scott Jones of the Galveston Bay Foundation.
Activist Jackie Young leads the Texas Health and Environment Alliance and fears the sheer force of massive floodwaters swept cancer causing Dioxin out of the dump and into the river which feeds directly into Galveston Bay.
"That is one of the areas along the river that has the highest flow rates. Higher velocity equals higher erosive force. This is no place for toxic waste," said Young.
"How many more storms are we going to have in 750 years? How many more storms are we going to have this year or next year?" asked Jones.
Residents nearby have long blamed the dump for alarmingly high rates of rare cancer and fear these latest devastating floodwaters have again doused their water-logged homes with escaped Dioxins.