Addicks and Barker Water Levels Continue to Rise, Despite Corps Water Release

30 August, 2017, 01:42 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Army Corps releases water from 2 Houston dams; thousands of homes to be impacted

All the water from the reservoirs flows into the Buffalo Bayou, the main waterway that snakes through the heart of Houston, and additional releases could also flood neighborhoods along the bayou.

In an update for our Newscast unit, Schneider adds, "The two reservoirs hold more than half a billion cubic meters of water combined". Lindner explained there is more floodwater flowing into the reservoirs from Waller, Ft.

Both reservoirs are at record levels and the release of water means more homes and streets will flood, with some homes inundated for up to a month, said Jeff Lindner of Harris County Flood Control District. On Saturday and Sunday, more than 2 feet of rain (24.44 inches) fell. Flooding may become worse in some areas, officials said.

"We know in these kinds of events that, sadly, the death toll goes up historically", Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told The Associated Press.

Abbott said he would not cast blame on Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner for not issuing an evacuation order.

The Houston Chronicle has reported that the 30-year officer was heading to work Sunday when he became trapped in high water on Interstate 45 in north Harris County and then couldn't get himself out of his vehicle.

Houston's convention center is sheltering more than 9,000 people - far more than the 5,000-person capacity that had been set.

A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter provided a floodlight early Tuesday to guide rescuers to the people in the water.

"Volunteers joined emergency teams in pulling people from their homes or from the water".


He added that all roads within the Addicks and Barker area will be flooded and closed for "an extended period of time", until the Corps can release adequate quantities of water from the dams.

Record-setting rains in Harris County, which includes Houston and is home to some 4.6 million people, knocked several water level gauges and rain sensors out of service, the Harris County Flood Control District said.

"This is something we've never seen before", he said.

As the storm heads east toward southwest Louisiana, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said 13 of that city's 120 critical drainage pumps are not operational.

ABC News spoke with Texas A & M Professor Samuel Brody, who is an expert on flooding causes and consequences and is also the director of the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores.

The news comes in the same week the city marks the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Houston has dealt with floods before in recent years, but Harvey could lead to 50 inches of rainfall in spots by Wednesday, a historic level of flooding. On Thursday Harvey began to make national news, as it quickly strengthened and new forecasts predicted that it could make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane, the first to strike the United States since 2005.

Residents in neighborhoods near the reservoirs had been asked to voluntarily evacuate.

As of midday Monday, Harvey's center was "near or just off the Texas coast south of Matagorda" and moving at almost 5 miles per hour, the hurricane center said.

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