New Hurricane Harvey Evacuations

Fox News and Daily Mail

New evacuations were ordered Monday in the nation’s fourth-largest city, as rising floodwaters that turned Houston streets into rivers navigable only by boat now threaten dams across the region — while rescuers pleaded for more boats to reach residents trapped in their homes.

In a new round of evacuations, residents living near the Addicks and Barker reservoirs — that were designed to prevent flooding in downtown Houston — were warned Sunday that a controlled release from both reservoirs would cause additional street flooding that could spill into homes.

“The idea is to prepare … pack up what you need and put it in your vehicle and when the sun comes up, get out,” said Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist for the Harris County Flood Control District told the Associated Press. “And you don’t have to go far, you just need to get out of this area.”

The Army Corps of Engineers started the reservoir releases before 2 a.m. Monday — ahead of schedule — because water levels were increasing dramatically at a rate of more than six inches per hour, a Corps spokesman Jay Townsend said.

The Addicks and Barker reservoirs are both nearly full as a result of the unprecedented downpours brought by the storm. They sit approximately 20 miles to the east of Houston’s city center.

 If they fail, the water they hold will rush over the already flooded city in an uncontrolled wave.

To avert this disaster, officials began draining them slowly on Sunday night.

Water is being released at a rate of 2600 cubic feet per second from Addicks and 2000 cubic ft from Barker.

They will gradually increase this speed to 8,000 cubic ft per second as the day goes on.

The rising flood water at Buffalo Bayou in Houston, Texas, on Monday morning. The water level there will rise by another four to six inches per hour as water from two nearby dams is released

Though better than the alternative wave of water, the release will make water levels in the already swamped area Buffalo Bayou rise even more.

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18 Responses to New Hurricane Harvey Evacuations

  1. kinthenorthwest says:

    Lived there in the 60s…Just seeing that picture makes me cry..
    God Bless Texas…

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Sharon says:

    Cumulative, falling dominoes with lasting effects.

    I have a heavy sense of anger about the condition of both individuals and infrastructure because so very much of it could have been avoided if the rot of our nation had not been well under way three decades ago and more.

    In the plight of the moment, I have empathy for first responders, for volunteers, and for individuals (whose own haplessness in some cases) whose lives are on the lines during these hours.

    And this is where mercy is needed: mercy from fellow humans and the mercy from the over-ruling hand of a generous God.

    It’s too late to make it better. Reality is what it is. Many will rise to the occasion with regard to personal effort and with regard to spending themselves for others. May God strengthen them all today. by His generous mercy.

    I’m supposing that all of us have been in the place of personal desperation at one time or another, either as individuals or within a group, whether or not it was due to deliberate lack of preparation.

    But the assumption that we, as nation or individuals, are immune to desperate times is always a weak link in the chain, and when desperate times come, the individuals who made that assumption will be dependent to some extent on the efforts of those who did not.

    Callousness of heart does not become us – as individuals, as a group, or as a nation.

    ….that’s my personal effort at coming to terms with what Houston represents this morning…..

    What a mess.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. Lucille says:

    Some of the Many True Acts of Heroism During Hurricane Harvey

    Liked by 4 people

  4. stella says:

    Shared by WeeWeed on Facebook:

    *** 9 1 1 ***
    This is our partner rescue down in Houston. We have dogs in medical boarding there! The dams were opened and flash flooding has taken over the neighborhood. PLEASE NO NEGATIVE COMMENTS–WE NEED YOU TO TAG AND SHARE NOW!
    They shared the following message with us:
    We are in serious need of help! They opened the dam north of us and we got over a foot of water overnight…and it’s still rising! They’re going to release more water from upstream and more rain is on the horizon. We’ve got to go and we’ve got to go now! We won’t leave the dogs so need help getting them out by boat. We need temporary places for them to stay as well. We will need about 20 more large crates. We’re still having trouble wrapping our heads around this and really aren’t sure where to begin. Can anyone get to us with a boat and a trailer so we can make several trips back and forth with dogs in crates?
    413 Speights Loop Road
    Hankamer, TX 77560
    Please share, we need help and we need it NOW!!!
    We have been in contact with her since Friday they have been fine and out of the danger zone she is not in the mandatory evacuation area. They order certain areas that needed to be mandatory again she was not in those areas she has been out of the danger zone. She was actually taking evacuees dogs. she woke up to all this water after they opened 3 dams.

    Cassandra Cooper
    Gabe to the Rescue

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  5. Lucille says:

    Very interesting review by the man who reported on the Oroville, CA dam failure, Juan Browne:

    Hurricane Harvey in Houston Addicks and Barker Reservoirs Update
    blancolirio channel

    Liked by 2 people

    • stella says:

      Excellent report.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Sharon says:

      Juan Browne is just THE BEST. I’ve been following his videos on the Oroville Dam since spring, and was hoping he would weigh in on this – haven’t watched it yet but thanks for linking.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Sharon says:

      The article at this link adds to the info as well:

      ” ‘Houston is the most flood-prone city in the United States,’ said Rice University environmental engineering professor Phil Bedient. ‘No one is even a close second – not even New Orleans, because at least they have pumps there.’

      ” ‘The entire system is designed to clear out only 12 to 13 inches of rain per 24-hour period,’ said Jim Blackburn, an environmental law professor at Rice University: ‘That’s so obsolete it’s just unbelievable.’ ”

      When we hear talk about our national infrastructure being in trouble, it should maybe always be discussed in caps??

      And every time actual money is actually budgeted, it seems that the $ sort of disappear in the muck and are never actually spent on infrastructure in a meaningful way.

      I’ll not soon forget what it was like when the 45 year old 35W bridge across the Mississippi in Minneapolis went into the water ten years ago – same thing. Inspections kept saying it was fine. It was not fine.

      “The NTSB cited a design flaw as the likely cause of the collapse, noting that a too-thin gusset plate ripped along a line of rivets, and asserted that additional weight on the bridge at the time of the collapse contributed to the catastrophic failure. ”


      • Sharon says:

        Being an AP article, at the end they include their creed of global warming adding to the problem.

        Liked by 1 person

      • stella says:

        I posted this one on the General thread, but it is also interesting (and true):

        Was the Houston Disaster Man-Made?

        Someone (G-d&Country?) asked here earlier why people build/stay in flood prone areas.

        How the Federal flood insurance program played a part in encouraging homeowners to settle or stay in flood-prone areas.

        The report, titled “Higher Ground,” crunched federal data to show that just 2 percent of the program’s insured properties were receiving 40 percent of its damage claims. The most egregious example was a home that had flooded 16 times in 18 years, netting its owners more than $800,000 even though it was valued at less than $115,000.

        That home was located in Houston, along with more than half of America’s worst “repetitive loss properties” identified in the report.

        Hurricane Harvey is not the first costly flood to hit Houston since that 1998 report. In 2001, Tropical Storm Allison dumped more than two feet of rain on the city, causing about $5 billion in damages. Two relatively modest storms that hit Houston in 2015 and 2016—so small they didn’t get names—did so much property damage they made the list of the 15 highest-priced floods in U.S. history. But Houston’s low-lying flatlands keep booming, as sprawling subdivisions and parking lots pave over the wetlands and pastures that used to soak up the area’s excess rainfall, which is how Houston managed to host three “500-year floods” in the past three years.


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