A water-watching reader sends some south-facing photos from yesterday evening (right)Â and last October, comparingÂ viewsÂ over the fenceline of the 400-ft.-wide diversion channelÂ at the northern edge of the Addicks reservoir. The channel picks up most of the flow from Langham and Horsepen creeks where theyÂ join up as they flow south into Addicks.Â The 400-ft.-wideÂ floodwayÂ was dug in the 1980s; the flow usually lurks down inÂ theÂ narrow channel seen in theÂ shot on the left.
The scene above is less than a mileÂ eastÂ of Bear Creek Village, where water is now moseyingÂ into neighborhoods from the western edgeÂ of the reservoir (and washing someÂ wildife and livestock around). The Army Corps of Engineers has been releasing water from both Addicks and Barker dams to minimize the poolingÂ (and relieve stress on the dam structures themselves) — but those releases have to be doneÂ slowly enoughÂ to avoid causing additional flooding downstream along Buffalo Bayou. Meanwhile, water is still flowing into the reservoirs from western watersheds; the measured levels behind the 2 damsÂ topped allÂ previous water level records and normally allowed poolingÂ limitsÂ in the reservoir by Tuesday, and has been rising since.Â Here’s a shot of waterÂ gushing out through some of the gates of theÂ BarkerÂ dam this afternoon: