Houston Chronicle Staff
11:47 a.m.: Mayor Turner asks residents with water in homes near reservoir to evacuate
Mayor Sylvester Turner on Friday asked some residents who live near the Addicks Reservoir to leave their homes.
This is a voluntary evacuation of homes, including apartment buildings, of the already flooded properties west of Gessner, east of Highway 6, south of Interstate 10, and north of Briar Forest.
Water will be released from the dam into the neighborhood – roughly bordered by Briarforest to the south, the reservoir to the west, I-10 to the north and Gessner to the east – for the next 10 to 15 days, Turner said at a news conference.
Homes that are already flooded are likely to stay several feet under water, he added.
Citing residents’ safety and the toll water rescues take on first responders, Turner asked all residents who had water in their homes to leave.
“I simply do not feel comfortable with you remaining in your homes with water,” Turner said. “And I have to take into account the stress that’s being imposed by our first responders.”
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo echoed on Tuesday Turner’s remarks.
“We cannot spent the next 14, 15 days being a water taxi service,” he said.
The 35 inches of rain that fell following Hurricane Harvey inundated the Barker and Addicks reservoirs, in west Harris County.