Sam Rayburn Reservoir to start power generation

Published Sept. 1, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District officials announce today the start of power generation for critical infrastructure needs of Southeast Texas to begin this afternoon.  

Due to the after effects of Hurricane Harvey in East Texas and Southeast Texas, the electric grids were over loaded causing them to go offline.  Generating this power will allow local hospitals, emergency operations centers and evacuation centers to regain power and reduce reliance on portable generators. 

Due to Hurricane Harvey landfall and projected track, all releases including hydropower were curtailed on Monday, August 28. Planned power generation will result in an output of 25 megawatts per day which is a release of approximately 4,500 cubic feet per second. This flow rate will have a negligible effect on downstream conditions and will provide for the foreseeable future stability to the power grid.  

Lake levels and discharge amounts may be viewed at 



About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: and SWF Facebook at:

Clay Church
819 Taylor St., Fort Worth, TX

Release no. 17-029