Water from 2 reservoirs will swell Buffalo Bayou; crews build temporary dam on I-10

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Releases from the Addicks and Barker dams sent floodwaters into an already swollen Buffalo Bayou, which was flooding thousands of Harris County homes Wednesday as officials rushed to relieve pressure on the 70-year-old reservoirs intended to protect the sprawling city downstream. Meanwhile, crews with the Texas Department of Transportation were busy installing a mile-long temporary dam along the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 near Texas 6 in the hopes of having the lanes open by Wednesday evening. Without the barrier, TxDOT spokesman Danny Perez said officials feared they could lose the entire roadway to surging waters released from the aging reservoirs.


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