US Army Corps of Engineers
Galveston District

Addicks and Barker Dam Safety Program construction is approximately two-thirds complete. It is anticipated that the entire $75 million project will be complete by June of 2020. The components of the project, Addicks Dam and Barker Dam, are projected to be complete in September 2019 and December 2019, respectively.
Houston Chronicle Editorial Board members interviewed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District and Harris County Flood Control District senior leaders Thursday at the Chronicle’s offices in Houston. Editorial writers Allyn West, Luis Carrasco and Nick Powell learned about the efforts to begin examining a third reservoir, tunneling and increasing capacity of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs. Officials provided updates on the current $75 million dollar Addicks and Barker Dam Safety program. The Corps conducted two meetings on April 30 and on May 2 near the reservoirs to gain public input on the $6 million Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study. Three additional meetings are also scheduled for May 7, 8 and 9. To submit public comments and learn more about the flood risk reduction, visit
U.S. Representative Lizzie Fletcher talks with concerned citizens regarding flooding within her congressional district. The meeting was held April 25 at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church. Also answering questions were Russ Poppe of the Harris County Flood Control District, Ben Akers of the FEMA Texas Recover Office, Sheri Willey of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, and Scott Hudman of HUD. Within Rep. Fletcher’s 7th District, the $75 million Addicks and Barker Dam Safety construction project continues to progress. The Galveston District is also partnering with the Fort Bend Drainage District to desilt Buffalo Bayou, and is currently in the process of holding public scoping meetings for the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study. This study will identify and evaluate the feasibility of reducing flood risks on the Buffalo Bayou, both upstream and downstream of Addicks and Barker Reservoirs in Harris County, Texas, while simultaneously completing a Dam Safety Modification Evaluation on the two dams.
A pontoon based backhoe removes sediment from Buffalo Bayou in Fort Bend County. The Galveston District permitted the Fort Bend County Flood Control District to remove silt in this 2.5 mile segment of Buffalo Bayou to increase water flow into Barker Reservoir. Increased flow through this segment of Buffalo Bayou is calculated to reduce flooding upstream of the Barker Reservoir during heavy rain events.
Col. Lars Zetterstrom, Galveston District commander, takes time to visit with Rep. Lizzie Fletcher during an April 4th meeting in Washington D.C. Fletcher was able to learn more about the Buffalo Bayou Tributaries and Resiliency Study public meetings. Five public meetings are scheduled in Houston for late April and early May. The study begins the first steps in exploring a possible third reservoir, tunneling and increasing capacity through excavation to reduce flooding in and around the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs. District senior leaders met with 16 southeast and south Texas representatives from April 1-5 during Texas Water Days.
A U.S. Army Engineer, Galveston District contractor clears trapped debris from a cutter head from the Dredge "LP" during operations near Kingwood, Texas upstream of West Lake Houston Parkway. Since Sept. 20, 2018, approximately 1.4 million cubic yards of Hurricane Harvey silt and debris was pumped to two placement areas. The FEMA funded emergency flood action is scheduled for completion in early May 2019.
At the March 27 Stakeholder Forum at Texas A&M - Galveston, Andrew Weber, a USACE Galveston District project manager announced the advancement of the $6 million Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study. The study considers and explores alternatives to reduce flooding around the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs. Options could include a third reservoir, tunneling and increasing capacity. Local public scoping meetings are scheduled for late April and early May 2019. Goals of the study are: • Reduce damages from river flooding/reservoir pool flooding on channels upstream and downstream • Optimize the reservoir operations • Optimize/improve/safely convey detained water • Reduce sediment and erosion • Reduce risk of dam failure • Reduce risk to health and life safety • Develop flood damage components that enhance or complement the environment where possible • Analyze the potential for recreational opportunities
Andy Batchelor, Operations Manager for the River Thames flood defense, London, England, leads a discussion of experts on barrier designs that would work to reduce the impacts on Galveston Bay. Members of I-Storm, an international sharing network of storm surge barrier managers, met on March 18-19 with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office Coastal Study team members during a two-day assessment in Galveston
Coastal Texas Study team members from USACE’s Galveston District and the Texas General Land Office answered questions from local residents during the Bay Area Storm Surge Flood Forum held March 7 in Seabrook, Texas. Approximately 180 community members attended the two-hour presentation at the Bay Area Community Center at Clear Lake Park. During a question and answer panel, guests learned more about the tentatively selected Coastal Barrier Plan that works to reduce storm surge risks in the upper Texas coast. Community concerns were addressed by speakers from Rice University’s SPEED Center, The Galveston Bay Foundation, The Sierra Club-Houston Group, Bayou City Waterkeeper and Dr. John Jacob, The Galveston District USACE, and the Texas General Land Office.
The Inland Waterways Users Board met February 28, 2019 for their 90th meeting. Morning presentations were given at Texas A&M University at Galveston, followed by an afternoon field trip to the Colorado River Locks, navigational structures managed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers . Major General Scott A. Spellmon, the Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations and Executive Director of the Board and Mr. Thomas P. Smith, Chief of Operations and Regulatory of USACE HQ were in attendance. This Board was established by industry and leaders in navigation and transportation to promote safe and efficient inland navigation.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District Project Management Branch, Deputy Branch Chief Sheri Willey, gave a project update Feb. 26 at the Barker Flood Prevention Community Informational Meeting held at the Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, Texas. Willey informed the more than 125 attendees on the status of Flood Risk Management Initiatives in the Metropolitan Houston Region to include information on projects funded by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 including Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study and other ongoing construction and study efforts in the Houston area.
Story map is a powerful tool, which can assist emergency planners and residents determine where floodwaters will recede from in the Buffalo Bayou basin over the next few days. This data/map was created on September 5, 2017 by USACE using the best available data at the time. This map has been compiled using the best information available and is believed to be accurate; however, its preparation required many assumptions. Actual conditions during a flood event may vary from those assumed, so the accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The limits of flooding shown should only be used as a guideline for emergency planning and response actions. Actual areas inundated will depend on specific flooding conditions and may differ from the areas shown on the map. It may or may not accurately reflect existing conditions.
"These inundation maps depicting the Sabine and Neches rivers are provided by the United States Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth and Galveston Districts to assist communities to plan and prepare for flooding. While the United States Army of Corps of Engineers, (hereinafter referred to as USACE) has made a reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of the maps and associated data, is should be explicitly noted that the USACE makes no warranty, representation or guarantee, either express or implied, as to the content, sequence, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of any of the data provided herein. The USACE, its officers, agents, employees or servants shall assume no liability of any nature for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information provided regardless of how caused. The USACE, its officers, agents, employees or servants shall assume no liability for any decisions made or actions taken or not taken by the user of the maps and associated data in reliance upon any information of data furnished here. By using these maps and associated data the user does so entirely at their own risk and explicitly acknowledges that he/she is aware of and agrees to be bound by this disclaimer and agrees not to present any claim or demand any nature against the USACE, its officers, agents, employees or servants in any forum whatsoever for any damages of any nature whatsoever that may result from of may be caused in anyway by the use of the maps and associated data."
The illustrations depict modeling from what we projected early Aug. 29 before we increased our releases to 7000 and 6000 at Addicks and Barker Dams. Areas depicted in green are currently not flooded, as previously predicted due to the increased releases.
It is less impactful for the Corps to conduct controlled water releases now; causing moderate flooding than to keep retaining the water until it flows over the uncontrolled spillway; causing severe flooding. Controlled releases may cause moderate flooding. Waiting until water flows past uncontrolled spillway may cause severe flooding. #Harvey


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