Residents in a Fort Bend County neighborhood are worried as a large gorge, big enough to swallow a home, 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.
"I can't believe this happened," said Ronnie Laird, who lives in the area.
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.
"You see where the land is going to crack again. You just got to be careful," said Van Slyke.
A Local 2 camera caught more of the banks crumbling away Monday night. Throughout the night, dirt fell into the water.
At times, it was just a little. At other times, big chunks fell before an entire side of the drainage ditch would give way.
"It was pretty overwhelming seeing the strength that mother nature has. Usually stuff like this takes thousands of years to happen. But this happened in a few hours," said Lindsey Witte.
Witte shot video as the ditch quickly collapsed Saturday morning.
"The neighbors in these houses just gathered and we sat and stood far enough away. You'd just see cliffs of rock falling down," she added.
County crews dumped 50 truck loads of concrete rocks and hauled in thousands of tons of dirt Tuesday to try to stop this 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 dollars. 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.