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Friday Weather Updates And Closures: Addicks Dam On Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued an Flood Warning for the area surrounding Addicks Reservoir, in west Houston. 

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Overview of the Week

Days of heavy rain have ended in Houston as a welcome relief during cleanup from deadly flooding. The National Weather Service forecast for Houston includes mostly sunny with highs in the 80s through Saturday. The Houston area was hit with more than a foot of rain earlier this week and showers that lingered until Thursday. Eight deaths have been blamed on subsequent flooding in Harris, Waller, and Austin Counties.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers late yesterday began releasing water from the Addicks and Barker flood-control reservoirs in west Houston. The reservoirs are at record elevations after recent rains. Richard Long with the Corps says they’re releasing water from the reservoirs to stabilize elevations.

Parts of Wharton, about 50 miles southwest of Houston, remained under mandatory evacuation due to flooding linked to the rain-swollen Colorado River. Flood stage was 39 feet. Figures show the Colorado River crested at more than 48 feet.

 

Flood Warnings For Addicks in West Harris County

This story will continue to be updated throughout the day as information becomes available. 

The National Weather Service has issued an Flood Warning for the area surrounding Addicks Reservoir, in west Houston.  

At 4:58 a.m. Friday, the reservoir was at 148 ft.  Flood stage is at 147.6 ft. so flooding is occurring.  

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began releasing water from the Addicks and Barker dams about 6 p.m. Thursday. Corps spokeswoman Sandra Arnold says the release was delayed by thunderstorms that moved through the Houston area earlier Thursday.

Arnold says 2,000 cubic feet of water per second was being released from the dams into Buffalo Bayou — enough to lower the reservoir levels by an inch an hour. She said the Corps plans to increase the flow over the next two to three days. The usually dry reservoirs won’t be emptied for about four weeks.

Arnold says the flow will be controlled to ensure the water flowing into Buffalo Bayou remains within its banks.

Buffalo Bayou flows from the reservoirs through the heart of Houston and into the Houston Ship Channel.

The Harris County Flood Control District said on Thursday the Addicks Reservoir was rising and water was moving into adjacent subdivision streets. Residents were advised to prepare for potential flooding conditions.

Harris County Emergency Management officials urge residents who live streets immediately adjacent to the Addicks Reservoir, especially in the Bear Creek Village subdivision just northeast of the State Highway 6/Clay Road intersection; and south of Addicks-Satsuma Road.

 

Here is an overview of the flood extent and stages across Southeast Texas.
Here is an overview of the flood extent and stages across Southeast Texas.

 

Flood Warning for the West Fork of the San Jacinto River

Flood Warning for the West Fork of the San Jacinto River
Flood Warning for the West Fork of the San Jacinto River

The National Weather Service has extended an Flood Warning for the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, near Humble, until at least Tuesday morning. Officials warn it may be extended further.

At 7.45 p.m. Thursday, the river was at 55.3 ft. Flood stage is 49.3 ft., so major flooding is occurring and is expected to for several days.

 

Recovery 

The Harris County Engineering Department released a damage assessment of county homes damaged by the recent flooding per subdivision:

 

More information and helpful links

Area shelter, giving and volunteer information can be found here.

Emergency Tax-Free Weekend information.

Houston area flood recovery information.

TranStar is reporting 19 high water

 

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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