Rain from hurricane Harvey has caused a major dam in Texas to overflow for the first time in history. The situation is pretty bad for many. A levee broke as well and a bridge has collapsed.
Houston-area infrastructure is proving to be no match for Harvey’s record rainfall, which overpowered a dam, a bridge and a levee within hours of one another.
First came the Addicks Dam, a major dam in the nation’s fourth-largest city. It spilled over for the first time in history after rains inundated its reservoir just before 8 a.m. CT when the water level rose to 108.1 feet, exceeding the reservoir’s capacity of 108 feet, officials said Tuesday morning.
About 90 minutes later, a levee at Columbia Lakes in Brazoria County, just south of Houston, was breached. Officials sent a dire warning to any residents who hadn’t evacuated. “GET OUT NOW!!” the county posted on Twitter.
Then the Woodforest Bridge over Greens Bayou in east Houston collapsed, the Harris County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office said. There was no immediate word on whether there were any injuries from the bridge, which is on a residential street.
And the rain is still falling. The National Weather Service in Houston announced Tuesday that 49.2 inches of total rainfall had been recorded, a new record in the continental United States for total rainfall from a tropical system. The Weather Channel warned: “This may end up being one of the worst flood disasters in U.S. history.”
Lindner said millions and millions of gallons of “uncontrolled water” will begin to spill over by daylight.
He said this does not mean that downtown Houston will necessarily be greatly impacted, but they don’t fully know because they’ve never faced this situation before.
Officials released water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs on Monday in an effort to prevent uncontrolled releases at the spillways, but that effort will not prevent the Addicks’ pool level from reaching the spillover threshold of 108 feet.
Here’s an overview map:
Amphibious cars are real. Some can go in the water, others can even go fast enough to pull a water skier. You can even buy one I think.
As climate change continues to adjust the face of the earth, perhaps we will all need an amphibious car at some point.
At this point, however, even a simple life raft would be welcome in many places.