Discussion: Houston Reservoir Release To Protect Downtown Risks Flooding More Homes

I realize there are no perfect decisions in this situation and Houstonians will need to return to work as soon as possible. However, the skeptic in me assumes their debate went like this: “If we have to choose between protecting the business districts and the poorer neighborhoods, it’s an easy call.”

That would surprise me and I don’t consider myself naive.

Growing up and still living along the Mississippi River, I don’t know from hurricanes but I do know flooding.

First, these decisions are being made by the Army Corps of Engineers who in my experience spanning multiple administrations are very professional. See for example the opening of the Moraganza floodgates flooding white farmers to save Nola or the blowing of the Birds Point levee flood more white farmers to save black folks living in Cairo, IL. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/massive-intentional-flooding-in-louisiana-begins/ http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/missouri-farmland-swamped-after-levee-breach-to-help-cairo-ill/article_3c73c9f8-74ff-11e0-a74d-0019bb30f31a.html

Second, allowing any dam to fail means losing all control of the water. That’s never a desirable outcome. See, ie the lower 9th Ward of New Orleans.

As you say, there are no perfect decisions, but back against the wall, the Corps of Engineers are exactly who I want making these decisions.

Thanks for educating me - I too would trust the decision of the Army Corps of Engineers. My comment was made out of frustration without doing the appropriate research.

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I completely understand.