Houston’s Big Dams Won’t Fail. But Many Neighborhoods Will Have to Be Flooded to Save Them.

Read the full story in ProPublica.

As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to pummel an already devastated Houston, many residents are terrified that the dams on two of the region’s massive reservoirs will fail, releasing a torrent of water into portions of the city that are already submerged — including downtown.

The extra water that has accumulated in the Addicks and Barker reservoirs has strained their earthen dams — which have been considered in critical condition for several years in large part because of how ruinous it would be if they failed.

But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says despite the fears, the dams are not in danger of failing. Here’s why:

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