Lake Houston's water level is being reduced by 2.5 feet to address flooding concerns of surrounding communities including Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita and Huffman.
Air 11 flew over the lake Tuesday afternoon as the Coastal Water Authority starting lowering the water level from 42.5 feet in advance of Wednesday’s predicted storms. All gates are open and the level of Lake Houston is expected to reach the 40-foot mark by Wednesday evening, according to Houston City Council Member Dave Martin.
RAW AERIALS: Water levels reduced on Lake Houston
The spillway gates will be adjusted when necessary to maintain the 40-foot level on a long-term basis.
While news of the lower levels was welcomed by many area residents, that wasn't the case for everyone.
Neighbors who live within walking distance of Lake Houston told KHOU 11 they are concerned after hearing the dam is releasing water.
Many of them were traumatized by Hurricane Harvey and were devastated by the floods. Any mention of water release is frightening.
“That water has to go somewhere, so it’s going to go to a lot of people,” said Lake Houston resident Irma Garza. “I don’t think they should do that, I’m against it. I mean everybody depends on the water around here. I don’t know I can’t tell you why, I’m just afraid. I’m afraid something’s going to happen all over again.”
This lower lake level will continue to be observed while the City works with area partners to address siltation and other coordination efforts with Lake Conroe. The City of Houston will continue to monitor and evaluate water demand, weather patterns and other mitigation activities.