Hurricane Harvey impacts operations at District lakes

Published Aug. 30, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District officials announce today the expectation of historic discharge amounts at B.A. Steinhagen/Town Bluff Lake.  

Hurricane Harvey has produced historic amounts of rain in the B.A. Steinhagen Lake watershed. Operations personnel are conducting heightened monitoring and safety surveillance activities at the dam. 

B.A. Steinhagen/Town Bluff Lake release rates have been increased to over 44,100 cubic feet per second and it is anticipated that releases will exceed those experienced in the 2015 floods. Local emergency management officials have been notified and preparations for evacuation of affected downstream areas are underway.  

Sam Rayburn Reservoir has the entire flood pool available to hold flood water. The only releases from Sam Rayburn in the near future will be for power generation to maintain service for the Powerhouse. These releases will be near 500 cubic feet per second and will have a negligible impact on downstream conditions. 

Lake levels and discharge amounts may be viewed at 



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Release no. 17-026