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Already Flooded, Houston Braces As 2 Swollen Reservoirs Are Opened

Reservoirs swollen by rain from Hurricane Harvey were opened early Monday, a move that was expected to flood more homes — but one the Army Corps of Engineers says is needed to limit the disaster.
Residents and emergency workers in Houston are struggling to cope with intense flooding and rains brought by Hurricane Harvey. Volunteers use an airboat to rescue people from their flooded homes along Beamer Road in Houston on Sunday. Source: Jabin Botsford

Updated 9:20 a.m. ET

In Houston, reservoirs swollen by rain from Hurricane Harvey were opened early Monday, a move that was expected to flood more homes — but one that the Army Corps of Engineers says is needed to limit the scope of the disaster that's threatening lives and property in Texas.

"If we don't begin releasing now, the volume of uncontrolled water around the dams will be higher and have a greater impact on the surrounding communities," said Col.

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