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SIMS BAYOU. Sims Bayou rises just inside Houston's southern city limit between the Southern Pacific and Missouri Pacific rail lines in Harris County (at 29°37' N, 95°28' W) and flows east-northeast for twenty-eight miles, through the Houston metropolitan area, into the Houston Ship Channel just west of the turning basin (at 29°43' N, 95°15' W). The stream is a major run-off drainage channel for the city, one of several in the Houston area that suffer from flooding and pollution problems as a result of the metropolitan area's unusually rapid growth during the 1970s. Despite flood control programs, the impact of flooding along the bayou is expected to increase for some time as population and economic growth continue in an area of clay soil and flat coastal land.


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"SIMS BAYOU," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.