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Corps of Engineers Update on Addicks and Barker Reservoirs
by Garrett Bryce
Monday, August 28, 2017

Representatives with the United States Corps of Engineers and the Harris County Flood Control District have provided an update regarding the Addicks and Barker reservoirs.

Officials spoke at the Houston TranStar offices. The Corps of Engineers have been conducting controlled releases have been ongoing at the reservoirs into the Buffalo Bayou in order to avoid uncontrolled releases of water. Approximately 2,600 cubic feet of water per second is being released from Addicks, while 2,100 cfs is being released at Barker. Listen (13:57)

The goal is for a combined discharge of 4,000 cfs from each reservoir, for a total of 8,000 cfs.

Officials said that the level of Buffalo Bayou is not currently expected to increase or decrease, but remain steady.

The Corps of Engineers is also conducting studies on possible uncontrolled releases from the reservoirs.

Controlled releases could continue 1-to-3 months to return the structures to dry status to allow for capacity for future rain events.

Additional updates are expected to be provided.

To view a video of the news conference, Click Here

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