Deputies in Fort Bend County are asking people to stay away from a large gorge that continues to grow.
Homeowners on River Forest Drive in Richmond have dubbed the large ditch the "Fort Bend County Grand Canyon."
"Look at this. This is, like, unbelievable," said resident Alana Van Slyke. "Every couple of minutes we were watching ... chunk go, another chuck go."
According to neighbors, the gorge started just moments after last weekend's storm swept through the area.
Fort Bend County Drainage District officials said the drainage ditch had a concrete barrier and a drainage pipe to help control the water going into the Brazos River. After recent storms dumped an enormous amount of rain, rushing water crashed into and destroyed the concrete barrier and drainage pipe. After that was gone, it became a huge landslide with incredible erosion.
"You're talking 10 feet of land. When that dropped, we all felt it. You could feel the vibration," said Van Slyke.
As of Tuesday morning, the gorge was about a quarter-mile long, 70 feet wide and 50 feet deep.
The force of the fast-moving water was so strong, it also ripped off huge pieces of concrete that once held a natural gas line in place.
County crews dumped 50 truckloads of concrete rocks and hauled in thousands of tons of dirt Tuesday to try to stop the gorge from getting any worse.
"We don't want homeowners to worry," said Richard Morrison, a Fort Bend County commissioner. "We will fix this."
It will take about five weeks to fix and cost around $100,000. The money is coming out of the Fort Bend County's reserve funds, which means, ultimately, taxpayers will pay for it.
Since there is a possibility of more erosion, officials are asking that no one walk along the embankment.