Houston Levee Failures: Reports Indicate that Reservoirs are Being Strained Past the Breaking Point

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DEVELOPING STORY:

News reports Monday night from Houston KTRK indicated that water levels at Addicks and Barker Reservoirs were continuing to rise sharply despite controlled releases starting at 1 AM on Monday. According to these reports, the reservoirs had received upwards of 25 inches of rainfall. The National Weather Service indicated that another 25 inches may be on the way in total. And despite the controlled release, reservoir levels were continuing to rise at a rate of 4 inches per hour.

(Addicks and Barker Reservoirs spill into Buffalo Bayou, which then flows into downtown Houston. Earlier today controlled releases were begun in an attempt to slow water rise in the reservoirs. This release is failing to prevent rapid water rise within and around these reservoirs. Movement of flood waters into the reservoirs is pushing waters into subdivisions near the reservoirs even as risk of levee failure is rising. Image source: 

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3 thoughts on “Houston Levee Failures: Reports Indicate that Reservoirs are Being Strained Past the Breaking Point

  1. A group was supposed to be rescuing a dozen horses from the area too. They were swimming the horses out, with jet skis trying to keep them together on the way. I hope they succeeded.

    This whole storm has been terrible. I wonder if this is part of climate change too.

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