The Army Corps of Engineers will begin releasing water from the Addicks and Barker dams later this evening; nonetheless, water levels in the reservoirs are still expected to rise high enough to cause street flooding in the Bear Creek subdivision north of Clay Rd. The Corps also notes that nearby residential areas should anticipate that wildlife inhabiting approximately 26,000 acres of forested land in the 2 reservoirs may flee the rising water and enter nearby neighborhoods. That wildlife may include the feral pigs previously targeted by Harris County Precinct 3’s trapping-and-foodbanking program; sightings of animals such as deer, coyotes, and bobcats have also been reported in the reservoirs.
Harris County Flood Control District has published a list of streets that could be impassible for days or weeks due to flooding, as well as a few maps (one of which is shown above). Here’s the other map below, highlighting in pink the streets south of Addicks Satsuma Rd. and Langham Creek expected to get water when the level in Addicks reaches 103 feet:
Those predictions are subject to change depending on the weather over the next few weeks, as well as how quickly water can be released downstream of the dams. Here’s the USGS’s measurements of the water levels in the Addicks reservoir, creeping higher at a less frantic pace since Monday’s 28-ft-jump:
And here are a few looks at Hwy. 6 this afternoon, from TxDOT:
- Addicks Reservoir Press Release [HCFCD]
- Addicks Reservoir Monitoring Data [USGS]
- Addicks, Barker reservoirs at record levels; threaten adjacent neighborhoods [KPRC]
- Previously on Swamplot: City Watching Addicks and Barker Do Their Own Dam Thing; Flooding Keeps Yale St. Bridge Open But Closes Hwy. 6 and 290; A Quick Update on the ‘Extremely High Risk’ Dams Protecting Downtown and Central Houston; Hiding in Plan for West Houston: New Streets Cutting Through George Bush Park, Addicks Reservoir; Turning the Feral Hogs of Barker and Addicks Reservoirs into Pork Chops for the Needy; Last-Ditch Grand Parkway Defense Spotlights Dangerous Conditions at Addicks and Barker Dams;What Happens If You Don’t Garden the Wild