City's Parks & Rec must spend 13 times their normal budget on removal
Houston — The Houston Chronicle is reporting; the drought is about to claim yet more of Houston's green - this time $4.5 million in tax dollars to remove trees that have died of thirst.
Houston's driest year on record has prompted City Hall to mandate lawn-watering restrictions, hire extra crews to fix water main breaks, ban barbecuing and smoking in city parks and call for park visitors to bring rakes with them to help municipal employees scoop up pine needles and other dead vegetation.
The drought's length and intensity have become so acute the city has to throw unbudgeted money at it.
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