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Harvey floodwaters overflow Houston reservoir, separate levee breach reported

Discussion in 'News Stand' started by Chad, Aug 29, 2017.

  1. Harvey floodwaters overflow Houston reservoir, separate levee breach reported...

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    An already-swollen reservoir west of downtown Houston overtopped its spillway Tuesday, sending an "uncontrolled release" of Harvey's floodwaters into nearby neighborhoods, as a separate levee breach south of the city prompted an urgent warning for residents to leave immediately.

    Floodwaters in the the Addicks Reservoir, located about 19 miles west of downtown, went over the top of the 108-foot spillway for the first time in history, threatening immediate surrounding subdivisions.

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    The flooding at the Addicks Reservoir, as seen Tuesday, August 29, 2017. (Fox News)

    Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County (Texas) Flood Control District, said it was "something we've never seen before” at a morning news conference.

    "This is not going to happen fast, this is a slow rise," Lindner told reporters, adding the flow of water going over the reservoir into neighborhoods will increase as the levels in the reservoir behind continue to rise.

    Hours after the Addicks Reservoir was overtopped, officials in Brazoria County, located south of Houston, warned that a levee at Columbia Lakes had been breached by floodwaters and urged any residents who had not already evacuated the area to leave immediately, writing "GET OUT NOW!!"

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    — Brazoria County (@BrazoriaCounty) August 29, 2017
    The new strains on infrastructure come as the National Weather Service announced a new record for total rainfall from a tropical system in Texas, with 49.32 inches of rain observed at a location southeast of Houston.

    The record for total rainfall from a tropical system has been BROKEN! Mary's Creek at Winding Road recorded 49.20", previous record is 48". pic.twitter.com/yCjuUOR8p3

    — NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) August 29, 2017
    The level of water in Addicks Reservoir and neighboring Barker reservoir in Houston is so high the flood gages have themselves flooded, according to Lindner, who added the flood control agency is working quickly to repair them and has law enforcement on scene to provide readings.

    Multiple water level and rain sensors are out of service due to flooding. See picture for more detailed information. pic.twitter.com/hpWHPnpO0Z

    — HCFCD (@hcfcd) August 29, 2017
    "The biggest challenge we face right now is to determine how the flow interacts with the system, and how the water will go as it comes out of the spillway," he said.

    Lindner said the agency believes the additional water will flow towards the Sam Houston Tollway, then south to the area around Interstate 10, known as the Katy Freeway and, eventually, Buffalo Bayou, which leads to downtown Houston.

    Here's what releasing water with the reservoirs will do for West #Houston. @Fox26Houston #houwx #txwx #HarveyFlood #Harvey pic.twitter.com/laM5kHAh9T

    — DrJimFox26 (@DrJimFox26) August 28, 2017
    County officials said they are monitoring six neighborhoods around the reservoirs, and encouraged residents in those areas to evacuate before the water levels rise.

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    Interstate highway 45 is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey seen during widespread flooding in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Carson)

    "Once the water comes into the street you aren't going to be able to leave," Lindner said.

    Lindner earlier told Fox News the spillover will cause "serious flooding in immediate areas," starting as a trickle, then becoming an uncontrolled release of water. Second-story homes also will be at risk, Linder added.

    Lindner said this does not mean that downtown Houston will necessarily be greatly impacted, but officials don't fully know what will happen because they've never faced this situation before.

    The meteorologist described the situation to Fox News as "uncharted territory" for the city.

    FAMILY OF SIX COUNTED AMONG THE DEAD AS HARVEY DEATH TOLL RISES TO 14

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    A family evacuates their Meyerland home in Houston, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)

    The Army Corps started releasing water Monday at the Addicks and Barker reservoirs because water levels were climbing at a rate of more than 6 inches per hour, Corps spokesman Jay Townsend said.

    The move was supposed to help shield the business district from floodwaters, but it also risked flooding thousands more homes in nearby subdivisions. Built after devastating floods in 1929 and 1935, the reservoirs were designed to hold water until it can be released downstream at a controlled rate.

    In Houston's southwestern suburbs, officials in Fort Bend County, Texas, warned Tuesday the Brazos River is projected to crest at 59 feet, FOX 26 Houston reported.

    The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management issued a new advisory Tuesday warning subdivisions where residents should prepare to be affected by the floodwaters.

    With nearly two more feet of rain expected on top of the 30-plus inches in some places, authorities worried the worst might be yet to come from Harvey. As of Tuesday, at least 14 people have died in the historic storm, including a family of six trying to escape the floodwaters, authorities said.

    "We know in these kind of events that, sadly, the death toll goes up historically," Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told the AP. "I'm really worried about how many bodies we're going to find."

    HOUSTON COMBATING HARVEY LOOTERS WITH MANDATORY JAIL TIME

    The storm is generating an amount of rain that would normally be seen only once in more than 1,000 years, said Edmond Russo, a deputy district engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Rescuers meanwhile continued plucking people from inundated neighborhoods. Mayor Sylvester Turner put the number by police at more than 3,000. The Coast Guard said it also had rescued more than 3,000 by boat and air and was taking more than 1,000 calls per hour.

    Fox News' Griff Jenkins and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

    Harvey floodwaters overflow Houston reservoir, separate levee breach reported
     
  2. Praying for all the people affected by this.
     
  3. Also praying for those affected by Harvey.
     
  4. Has anyone on the forum been affected by this?
     

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