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Controlled release from Addicks, Barker reservoirs begins

Controlled release from Addicks, Barker reservoirs begins

Rising water levels and continuing rain were putting pressure on the dams that could fail without the release.

Dr. Edmund Russo, with the Corps of Engineers, said 25 inches of rain had already been added to the reservoir. Sixteen of those aircrafts are from U.S. Coast Guard.

Farther inland, officials are warning of flooding from rivers that are overwhelmed from massive rainfall. County officials were preparing for the river to reach major flood stages late Sunday.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has approved an emergency declaration for five southwest Louisiana parishes as a result of Harvey, a spokesperson for Governor John Bel Edwards' office announced on Twitter.

FEMA has already deployed more than 1,800 staff members and says it has more than 1 million meals to help those affected by the storm.

"This flood event will exceed the 2016 tax day flood elevations", Zetterstrom said.

In addition, 35 boats and 93 dump trucks were being used by the city for high water rescues. Some people managed with kayaks or canoes or swam.

Officials say the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center will open to evacuees on Tuesday morning. Many of these rescues were of people trapped on their roofs or in their attics.

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William Bruso stopped Friday to pick up supplies before the storm hit and suddenly found himself with the unexpected visitor. It seems that Game of Thrones is not the only place where people and species are coming together to fight a bigger force.

With more rain to come, the ongoing storm has already capped off a three-month period in which Houston has received almost a year's worth of rain, the National Weather Service says.

Initially, the water release from Addicks reservoir was planned to begin at 2 a.m. CT on Monday, with Barker to follow 24 hours later. With both the Addicks and Barker reservoirs rising more than half a foot per hour, Zetterstrom said the goal is to give the water the most direct path to nearby Buffalo Bayou.

The mayor also defended his decision not to order an evacuation.

"It's going to be better to release the water through the gates directly into Buffalo Bayou as opposed to letting it go around the end and through additional neighborhoods and ultimately into the bayou", Zetterstrom said.

The Corps is confident that the structures continue to perform as they were created to do. About 1,600 cubic feet of floodwater is being released per second at both dams.

Officials said the water levels in the Barker and Addicks reservoirs had increased dramatically - water levels were increasing at a rate of more than 6 inches per hour, Corps spokesman Jay Townsend said.

Forecasters warned that Harvey will regain strength and inundate the Gulf shore again by Wednesday.

The National Hurricane Center is offering no promises of relief from the epic rains unleashed on Southeast Texas by Tropical Storm Harvey. It's likely to begin a slow northeast motion on Tuesday. In fact, "some slight re-strengthening is possible after the center moves off the coast on Monday night and Tuesday".


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