Army Corps to open dams to stem Houston flooding

Scott Olson

VIDEO: Jeff Linder talks about levee problems for Inverness Forest and Northwood Pines Bear Creek Village, near Addicks Reservoir, started seeing a gradual rise in flood water levels around 4 a.m., said Jeff Lindner, with Harris County Flood Control District.

The Army Corps of Engineers will likely release water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs beginning Monday morning at 2:00AM CDT (Addicks) and 11:00AM CDT (Barker).

Several deaths have been reported in the floodwaters, but the exact number is unclear.

Photo taken on August 28, 2017 shows the water from the Barker reservoir flooding into a park, west of Houston, Texas, the United States.

"As we continue to congregate in these urban areas, particularly in coastal regions, I think urban flooding is going to be a paramount issue moving forward for this country", Brody said. To put the seriousness of this flooding into perspective, officials in Houston speaking with Fox & Friends this morning said a "sixth great lake" has formed in the nation and that's called "Texas" today.

As for the immediate forecast for Houston, we have a 100 percent chance of rain through Tuesday. Harvey is expected to produce 10 to 20 additional inches or rain over the upper Texas coast and southwestern Louisiana through Thursday, with isolated storm totals maybe reaching 50 inches (130 centimeters) over the Houston-Galveston area and the upper Texas coast. That's the average annual rainfall in the area.

The coast guard said it had rescued more than 3,000 by boat and air, and was taking more than 1,000 calls per hour. Ben Taub Hospital has 350 patients to relocate, hopefully within one day, as floodwater and sewage have infiltrated the building, the AP writes.

While Houston is now seeing flooding on an unprecedented scale, it turns out that flooding is not uncommon here.

He said he and other officials are looking forward to the arrival of President Donald Trump on Tuesday as well. "Every asset at my command is at the disposal of local officials". There have been more than 500 rescues, Chief Acevedo said.

U.S. president Donald Trump arrived Texas on Tuesday to survey the response to devastating Tropical Storm Harvey, the first major natural disaster of his White House tenure, as officials in Houston struggled to manage the record-breaking rains.

"On Sunday, incessant rain covered much of Houston in turbid, gray-green water and turned streets into rivers navigable only by boat".

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After getting trapped in high water, the officer tried to get out but was unable to. Some people managed with kayaks or canoes or swam.

He says some homes will be inundated "for up to a month".

Even worse, officials now worry that the worst may be yet to come.

"It's not a matter of will we get this again in some form?"

The multiple enormities of this event - the magnitudes of the populations involved, the multiple threats (wind, surge and rain) posed by the storm at landfall, the volume of rain falling after landfall, and the enormous area covered - closed off options that might have been available in lesser storms.

The Addicks and Barker reservoirs are 26,000 acres of reservoirs close to 17 miles west of downtown Houston.

Upstream from the reservoirs, residential neighborhoods have been built up.

When officials chose to carry out the controlled releases they said doing so would mitigate damage to surrounding neighborhoods.

Authorities who oversee Lake Conroe, another reservoir, also had to decide whether to release water.

Harvey could regain strength Monday and Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center says.

That, he said, is "what Texas is all about". We are watching an enormous disaster in what feels like slow motion.

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