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Houston Update: Addicks Dam Breached, Could Be Worse Than Katrina

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Addicks Dam is essentially a levy, and on the other side is a densly populated area. Here is a picture of the Addicks area, notice the dam around the area that in now full of water.

It’s interesting to note, that only a year ago, the Army Corp of Engineers published this.

As part of the Corps’ transition to looking at dam safety risk differently, Addicks and Barker dams have undergone a recent evaluation, along with all dams nationwide.

Two structural areas of concern were identified in our evaluation of these two dams. They are:

  • the structures (or gates) in the dams that allow outflow to Buffalo Bayou, and
  • the ends of the dams

When we combined the risks associated with these two concerns with the potential consequences to the Houston metropolitan area should there be a failure, Addicks and Barker were designated as “extremely high risk.

Fox News reported that the water is now spilling over the dam.


This is from the opposite side, see how far backed up the water is.

For a contrast, the same guy drove down into the Addicks Lake area 3 days ago, and it’s basically empty.

If you see how far he drives from where the highway goes past the dam, this is a huge body of water forming out of nowhere. Never in history has this dam been breached.



I was watching a very good video this morning that may explain how this Hurricane exploded suddenly and then parked over Houston. 


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