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SAN JACINTO RIVER AUTHORITY ANSWERS TO MEMBERS OF TEXAS SENATE ON RELEASES FOR HARVEY


Monday several State Senators were present in Montgomery County to hear testimony on the Harvey Flooding. Members of Federal, State and local agencies answered questions put to them by the panel. In addition several residents also testified. This video is the one-hour and fifteen minute testimony given by the San Jacinto River Authority. Questions were put to them on why there was no pre-release. Why the gates had to open. The way the dam is designed the normal water level is 18-inches below the top of the gates. When the release of almost 80,000 CFS of water was released, almost 140,000 CFS were entering the lake from the watershed above. It water were to pour over the gates the possibility of immediate erosion and possible failure was possible. It was explained and documented by them on the weather predictions and rainfall across the area. Discussions came up on dealing with dredging the river, and possibly additional retention ponds below the dam. THe entire 6-1/2 hour video will be posted as soon as we are able to get it loaded to the server.

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  1. glavender

    where were all of these now concerned State Senators last year with the San Jacinto RIver Authority flooded my House during the Memorial Day rains and floods. Seems no one cared then. I spoke with Cecil Bell and Brandon Creighton and then they seems not overly concerned. And the SJRA washed their hands of it all.

  2. sfinke

    I feel sick listening to this man speak. He sounds so self righteous as if he saved us all. Natural runoff vs unnatural release are two different things. How can he drive over the San Jacinto river knowing so many lives have been destroyed due to their guidelines? Especially 80K CFS at 2:00 in the morning? We are done with this threat that is constantly hanging over our heads.

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