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A bus even picked up his two young sons in front of their house and took them to a nearby international school.
Then, Hurricane Harvey changed everything. Jeremy Boutor at his flood-damaged rental home in one of the neighborhoods flooded in Addicks Reservoir in Houston on Tuesday, Sept. Photo by Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune Boutor ended up with more than a foot of water in his house and was forced to wade out of his home in knee-deep water with his year-old son clinging to his back.
He and his neighbors are now coming to terms with the fact that in big enough rainstorms, their neighborhoods are actually designed to flood. And nobody told them about it. Army Corps of Engineers built the two reservoirs known as Addicks and Barker on what was then mostly empty prairie, their chief goal was to protect the center of the city, 20 miles downstream. The vast basins are dry most of the time, dotted with wooded parks and sports fields, and are contained on their eastern boundaries by large, earthen dams.
That system worked well when the reservoirs were surrounded by prairie and rice fields. But in recent decades, development has encroached from all sides.
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Today, about 14, homes are located inside them. During Harvey, when more floodwater accumulated behind the dams than ever before, 5, of those homes flooded. None of the more than half a dozen residents interviewed by The Texas Tribune and ProPublica after the floods said they knew they were living inside Addicks or Barker — many of their neighborhoods are several miles away from the dams.
How are they going to fix it? In recent interviews, Emmett, the county judge, claimed that the city regulates development inside the reservoirs. Ultimately, all of them blame Congress. For more than a decade, the U. That means the reservoirs are getting fuller with each big rain event, threatening not just neighborhoods inside the reservoirs but the integrity of the earthen dams, too.
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As Addicks and Barker reached historic levels during Harvey, the Army Corps sent an unprecedented torrent of floodwater downstream to ease the stress on dams. That caused thousands of additional homes to flood — homes that the reservoirs were initially built to protect. But scientists say the impact of replacing prairie with pavement is clear: More water ends up in the reservoirs, rather than being absorbed into the ground.
The Army Corps has said as much for years. The Army Corps is now referring media inquiries to the U. Department of Justice as it faces mounting lawsuits from residents who live upstream and downstream of the reservoirs.
Some also are suing the city and county.
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Local officials like Hebert said they never considered the possibility that the reservoirs would hold so much water — until Harvey set national records by dropping up to 50 inches of rain in parts of southeast Texas. Before Harvey, the neighborhoods inside the reservoirs had been some of the most desirable places to live in Houston.
But for Boutor, Lakes on Eldridge is not so desirable anymore. Alan Potok, who retired as assistant director of the Harris County Flood Control District insaid that discussion began after some big floods in the s that pushed water higher than ever before in the reservoirs.
Potok pointed out that some of the subdivisions were built in the s, before Harris County had floodplain maps. The report estimated that as much as 2, acres of private land inside the reservoirs — much of it already filled with homes — would have flooded. The maps at left, based on data from Sept. At right, those subdivisions on Sept. What is a WBE? A WBE, is a woman business enterprise. Designation as a WBE is based solely on gender, not ethnicity.
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