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Old stolen vehicles being removed from Houston bayous

(Photo: MGN Online)

HOUSTON (AP) -- A diving and marine construction crew has started removing dozens of vehicles submerged in Houston's bayous and police are hoping the recoveries lead to evidence in crimes going back decades.

The two-month-long more than $200,000 project financed by the Harris County Flood Control District began this week and involves Port Arthur-based Huffman Contractors divers and heavy equipment on floating barges.

The Houston Chronicle reports an earlier pilot project recovered a vehicle involved in a 1999 armed robbery and others contained human remains. Many of the cars were stolen and the oldest one recovered earlier was reported stolen in 1982.

The removals also are intended to improve flood control and remove environmental hazards.

Harris County, which includes much of Houston, has about 2,500 miles of bayous and creeks.

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