11 trillion gallons of water

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  1. metalman

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    and still raining

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    And the Liberal Fake News outlets are claiming it is due to "Global Warming". Weather doesn't equal climate, until it fits their narrative.
     
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    Climate is the sum of all the weather. Shifting climate means the sum changes - it doesn't allow you to claim which events are due to global warming but the general number and size of events will drift in one direction. Smoke a cigarette and it doesn't mean you'll get lung cancer. Get lung cancer and it doesn't mean you are a smoker. But the statistics still support the proposition that cigarette smoking causes cancer - we just can't tell ahead of time who will get cancer.
     
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    It's a damn shame there's no way to store all that.
     
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    It's so pretty. Ironically the most beautiful things are also the most destructive.
     
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    Yikes, that's a flood!

    Article on it in Ars today.
     
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    That is horrific.
    Hope they were rescued soon after the photo.
     
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    volunteer army fans out to help communities
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    John Brown, one of the volunteers, on his way to pick up evacuees in Woodlands.

     
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    Buffalo Bayou runs through downtown Houston, The reservoirs are usually dry and are used as a park when not holding rainwater .

    The Addicks Reservoir, located about 19 miles west of downtown, will spill over for the first time in history by daylight Tuesday. The Army Corps started releasing water Monday at the Addicks and Barker reservoirs because water levels were climbing at a rate of more than 6 inches per hour.

    The reservoirs were built after the devastating floods of 1929 and 1935, the reservoirs were designed to hold storm water until it could be released downstream at a controlled rate.

    Harvey floodwaters put Houston reservoirs in 'uncharted territory'
     
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    Wow, this flooding is bad. Some of the worst in recent years.

    Am I right to think the Army Corps are responsible for making this flood worse than it should have been by building those reservoirs?
     
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    Without knowing much about this particular anti-flooding project, I would guess that the overall effect of the flood is not made any worse by the reservoirs. On the contrary, I'd expect most floods in the area are somewhat mitigated by it, including this one.

    I think the reason this one is so bad probably has more to do with:

    I suppose it's possible that, because the amount of water is now beyond what the reservoirs were designed for, they have made a bad situation worse but I'd be surprised.
     
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    That is a levee on the Brazos River on the southwest side of Houston
     
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    no
    the flood of 1935 was 16f higher than Harvey is currently, with less total rainfall
    The flood of 1979 had more rain ( 43 in ) over a smaller area
     

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