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Old 07-21-2012, 10:58 AM
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My daughter just sent me this link about the Adis/Barker Dam situation, and I dug a bit up on my own.

"If the Adicks and Barker Dams Fail- They've already been labeled "high risk." Experts say the resulting damage could be bigger than Katrina in New Orleans.

North of Interstate 10, Barker's younger sibling, Adis Dam, has also been wiped out by an unstoppable current that starts to overwhelm Buffalo Bayou."

http://www.houstonpress.com/2012-07-...s-barker-dams/


USACE Just updated their status on the 16th-

"HOUSTON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District is closely monitoring the Adis and Barker dams and reservoirs in West Houston as part of stage one of an extended watch that calls for an increased surveillance of the flood risk management structures"

http://www.usace.army.mil/Media/News...eservoirs.aspx

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The Army Corps of Engineers stated that they were two of the nations riskiest dams. Yet they want to get another 50 years out of them with minor repairs.
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I thought they ran out of water in Texas....
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I seem to recall the Army Corps of Engineers being involved in the New Orleans fiasco as well...something about Levee's, not being high enough, inadequate funding over decades, trying to kick the can down the road...that hurricane sure was inconvenient.

Hope the folks down-river from the dams have flood insurance.
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"Bigger threat than Katrina" in this case might be interpreted by Houston's importance as a port, intracoastal waterway, petrochemical and oil refineries, railway and major interstate highway intersection. Disrupt that and you start to disrupt 'just in time' freight for a good chunk of the nation. Houston is a MAJOR Achilles heel in interstate trade, equal if not larger in some ways than New Orleans..
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If the Ad****s Reservoir burst, it would not impact the majority of the port (and there is more than one port, for example LaPorte to the east of Houston could be and has been utlized in the past for overflow freighters). Can't imagine many, if any of the refineries being impacted as they are mostly on the east side of Houston. Chocolate Bayou might be affected. Interstate 10 and Hwy. 90 would likely be flooded, but I10 at Beltway 8/Sam Houston tollway on the immediate west side of town goes under several feet of water seemingly every time we get heavy rain.

The runoff would be fairly fast. It would be a mess, and no doubt a few foolish people would die (they die as it is now from driving through flooded underpasses where they misjudge the depth of water and drown) but another Katrina? No.
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Houston needs an enema anyways.

Everything inside the Beltway needs cleansing.
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Why is everything a MAJOR STORY to the OP? Have I been gone from the main board that long?
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Why is everything a MAJOR STORY to the OP? Have I been gone from the main board that long?
At least he doesn't post stupid cartons as a reply to everyone anymore.....
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First of all, it's a "what if" scenario reported by a very small newspaper that's very liberal in it's reporting.

It would be a high risk situation "if" it was to break. Lake Houston would be even greater risk if it was to break.

http://www.ad****sandbarker.info/

The greatest risk in Houston would be a petrochemical plant explosion setting off a chain reaction to other plants via pipeline along the ship channel.

The greatest risk of all, would be a nuke dropped along the ship channel and sending the USA into a quandry wondering where they will get their gasoline next.
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Why is everything a MAJOR STORY to the OP? Have I been gone from the main board that long?
You're right, a legitimate disaster scenario warning has no place on a survivalist forum
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