Prepare for flooding near Barker and Addicks reservoirs

Barker Reservoir on Tuesday April 19, 2016. - Photo by Ken Herbert

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HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy) – The Addicks and Barker Reservoirs are days away from peaking according to the United States Army Corps of Engineers and some neighborhoods near them are going to see street flooding.

Colonel Richard Pannell, Commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers says he does not expect that the water in the streets will reach homes in the flooded neighborhoods.

“Both Addicks and Barker Reservoirs are rising,” said Kim Jackson of the Harris County Flood Control District.  She says there is so much flooding downstream that the Flood Control District has not yet started releasing water from the two reservoirs, and it will likely be days before the water is released.

“The Corps is predicting that the water will go about 2 feet higher and it will take a week to peak in the Addicks Reservoir,” Jackson said.

The Bear Creek neighborhoods which are near the Addicks Reservoir are expected to flood.

The danger areas along the Barker Reservoir are homes in the Lake Forrest of Kelliwood subdivision and homes along Baker Road, according to Jackson.

The Barker Reservoir is expected to take about 5 days to peak and will go three-and-a-half feet higher during that period, Jackson said.

“They’re fairly confident that flooding in the streets won’t effect homes, but they are asking people who live along the reservoirs to be on alert, listen for updates and be ready to take precautions if water comes into their homes,” Jackson said.

The Army Corps of Engineers will keep an eye on the conditions downstream, and the weather forecast before they decide when they are going to open up the gates of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs.

The Addicks Reservoir is fed by Langham Creek, South Mayde Creek, Bear Creek, and Horsepen Creek.

The Barker Reservoir is fed by Mason Creek.

2 Comments

  1. The Barker Reservoir is mostly fed by Buffalo Bayou and the assorted Willowrfork Drainage District canals that flow into it.

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