Properties Flooded to Prevent Reservoir Failure: Harvey – 2017 Rain Event

Houston recently learned a lesson the hard way. After years of sprawling growth, under some of the most relaxed building and zoning codes. Houston and surrounding cities are starting to experience the effect this urban expansion has caused to our watersheds. The Upper Cypress Creek, Addicks and Barker watersheds accumulated 35 inches of rain during Hurricane Harvey’s slow crawl across Texas. The Addicks reservoir at peak released 7,000 CFS while Barker was at a rate of 6,300. A total combined release of 13,300 CFS all flowing into the Buffalo Bayou….

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