The Barker and Addicks Reservoirs are reaching historical levels after the recent rains in Harris County. For the first time ever, the National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for both reservoirs. The Army Corps of Engineers also released a statement warning residents living behind the reservoir to be ready for flooding.
The water level in the Addicks Reservoir was measured Wednesday night at 101.4 feet and is expected to crest at 103.2 feet, surpassing the previous record for the reservoir of 97.46 feet set in March 1992. The Barker Reservoir was 93.8 feet and expected to crest at 97.7 feet, also exceeding the March 1992 record of 93.6 feet.
Officials say the dams are not expected to reach 100 percent capacity. However, part of the reservoirs are on private property. If the water levels rise more than anticipated, area roadways and some subdivisions will be flooded.
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said officials are considering acquiring sandbags for deployment on “non-governmental land” behind the Addicks and Barker reservoirs due to the potential flooding of homes.