Army to release water from 2 Houston reservoirs, flooding nearby homes

Kristopher Drake
August 30, 2017

"It's going to be better to release the water through the gates directly into Buffalo Bayou as opposed to letting it go around the end and through additional neighborhoods and ultimately into the bayou", Zetterstrom said. Barker Reservoir is expected to reach capacity by Thursday.

Three major flood defences in the Houston area have begun overflowing as Texas officials warned the death toll from Tropical Storm Harvey could soar.

The half-century-old reservoirs have concerned officials since Harvey started dumping record-breaking levels of rain on the metro area, leaving tens of thousands displaced and at least 14 dead, including six people in Galveston county, including an elderly woman on oxygen who died in her home when her electricity went out, and a Houston police officer who drowned Sunday in his patrol vehicle.

"That area is under mandatory evacuation", said Sharon Trower, spokeswoman for Brazoria County.

At least three deaths are attributed to the storm but many more people are missing and Acevedo previously said he's "really anxious about how many bodies we're going to find".

Jeff Lindner, with the Harris County Flood Control District, said that he's certain that more homes and streets will flood as a result.

Hurricane shelters are in place in Clute, Alvin, Angleton and Manvel. Rain fell Tuesday at about half an inch (1 centimetre) per hour over Harris County - home to Houston - and up to 2 inches (5 centimetres) per hour to the east.

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

Emergency workers begin releasing water into the Buffalo Bayou from two flood-control dams in Houston on Monday, a move that could impact thousands of residents, officials said. Fortunately, Corps officials told Texas Tribune reporter Neena Satija that they are not concerned the dams could give way in any uncontrolled manner.

"The Colorado River at La Grange is expected to rise as high as 53 feet later this morning - 27 feet above flood stage", member station KUT reports. The water will endanger more homes and add to the flooding that has crippled the area. Some people managed with kayaks or canoes or swam. One father carried his son's possessions in an Avengers backpack. She lost everything, she said.

The slow-moving storm - now over the Gulf of Mexico - will continue to dump huge amounts of rain in the coming days over already flood-hit areas.

Padovan says it appears the people were being evacuated from their homes in a flooded Houston subdivision and were being taken to dry ground when the boat capsized. This morning, it was engulfed.

"Rainfall totals from the past 12 hours show #Harvey is winding down, but not done yet", the Houston office of the National Weather Service said Tuesday. Bend and west Harris counties than is being released.

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