Already Flooded, Houston Braces As 2 Swollen Reservoirs Are Opened
30 August, 2017, 02:01 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
Water has risen above the spillway at the dam at the Addicks Reservoir, where the Army Corps of Engineers began releasing water early Monday in hopes of controlling the massive amount of water.
At Forest Garden Drive, water rushed waist-high as volunteers in boats, canoes and kayaks rescued residents carrying children, dogs and belongings thrown into gym bags or plastic bags.
A major dam outside Houston city in the US' Texas state has begun overflowing as storm Harvey pushed the reservoir past capacity, officials said.
Residents living near the Addicks and Barker reservoirs - that were created 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.
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He said some homes would be inundated "for up to a month".
The dams were constructed in the 1940s as a method of protecting downtown Houston from the worst of the waters in the event of another devastating flood like the one that left Houston so broken in 1935.
He added that all roads within the Addicks and Barker area will be flooded and closed for "an extended period of time", until the Corps can release adequate quantities of water from the dams.
All night, as water lapped into their homes, people had been calling for help, they said, but no-one came.
Calls for rescue have so overwhelmed emergency teams that they have had little time to search for bodies, and officials acknowledge that fatalities could soar once the floodwaters start to recede from one of America's most sprawling metropolitan centres. About 90 minutes later, a levee in Brazoria County, just south of Houston, was also breached.
The water is still rising in Houston several days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall.
NWS meteorologist Tawnya Evans says Harris County, home to Houston, is recording about half an inch (1 centimeter) of rainfall each hour early Tuesday, and that areas east of there are seeing much more.
Harvey is expected to produce 10 to 20 additional inches (25 to 51 centimeters) or rain over the upper Texas coast and southwestern Louisiana through Thursday.
The US Gulf Coast has been battered by Hurricane Harvey since Saturday. The storm is drifting southeast - and its center is emerging once again off the middle Texas coast, a development that could bring a "slight restrengthening", the NHC says. But the releases were not enough to relieve the pressure after one of the heaviest downpours in USA history, Army Corps of Engineers officials said.
More than three days after the storm ravaged the Texas coastline as a Category Four hurricane, authorities had confirmed only three deaths, including a woman killed when heavy rain dislodged a large tree on to her trailer home in the small town of Porter, but unconfirmed reports of others missing or presumed dead are growing.
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