A black chimneys swept away by a black hole in Houston are still being repaired, but it’s not clear if they will be restored to their original state.
Houston’s CBS affiliate, KHOU, reports that the black chimns, owned by an out-of-state company called the Black Chimneys, are the first in Texas to be repaired, and they were removed from the ground last week after being in the air for several months.
The black chimnets, which were owned by a group called the Houston Outfitters, were built in 1999, CBS reports.
The chimneys are made of wood, and have no electricity.
Houston Outfits, which specializes in outdoor work, said it is now rebuilding them.
“I know they are pretty tough, but I think that’s just the way they are,” James Jones, a spokesman for the company, told KHOU.
The owners said the chimneys were built with a budget of $2,200.
“Our goal is to keep them safe for people to enjoy, and we want to provide the best possible service for the community,” a representative from the company told the station.
Jones said the out- of-state contractor hired by the company was not affiliated with Houston Outfitter’s website.
The company, which does not have a Houston business license, is currently repairing two of the black hulks.
The other two were repaired at an estimated cost of $400,000.
Jones told KHou that the owner of the second chimney has not yet received payment for the repairs, but that the company is looking into it.
The repairs, which are expected to take about two years, are part of a plan by Houston Outfitting to provide a safer place for people and pets to be.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced on Twitter that he is supporting the efforts of the Houston-based Black Chimney Repair and Restoration Association.
“My message to Houston: We will make it right, Houston will make us better,” he wrote.