Monday Open Thread | Army Corps of Engineers to open dams to stem Houston flooding

HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin releasing water into Buffalo Bayou from two flood-control dams on the western outskirts of the city.

Col. Lars Zetterstrom is commander of the Galveston District of the Corps of Engineers. He says water will be released from the Barker Reservoir and Addicks Reservoir very slowly on Monday morning to prevent uncontrollable flooding of downtown Houston and the Houston Ship Channel.

Col. Lars Zetterstrom is commander of the Galveston District of the Corps of Engineers. He says water will be released from the Barker Reservoir and Addicks Reservoir very slowly on Monday morning to prevent uncontrollable flooding of downtown Houston and the Houston Ship Channel.

CBS 11 Meteorologist Scott Padgett says that flooding in Houston could get worse before it gets better.

Zetterstrom told KPRC-TV in Houston that water could be released from the Addicks Reservoir beginning at 2 a.m. and from the Barker Reservoir at 11 a.m. He adds that some neighborhoods on the fringes of the reservoir are likely to see some floods — possibly by 2p.m. Monday.

Zetterstrom said the dams were performing as they were designed to perform in these conditions.

Downtown Houston is 17 miles downstream from the dams, which were built during the 1940s in response to a 1935 flood that inundated much of downtown area.

Zetterstrom says the water contained by the dams is “unparalleled in the dams’ history.” The waters are rising about 4 inches per hour.

Zetterstrom says the dams will impound water for one to three months as water is gradually released.

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98 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Army Corps of Engineers to open dams to stem Houston flooding

  1. rikyrah says:

    But, they can’t sign Kaep.

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    • rikyrah says:

      Facial Merkin‏ @facialmerkin

      Asked Joel Osteen why he won’t open his megachurch to Harvey victims he blocked me. Church reaps $77M tax free annually #HoustonStrong

  2. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    The Secretary of Exxon at work

    Tillerson Moves to Cut Special Envoys including Representative for Climate Change
    August 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm EDT

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “is moving to eliminate or downgrade special envoy positions at the State Department, including the representative for climate change, a step that is sure to ignite vociferous opposition from some members of Congress,” CNN reports.

    In a letter obtained by CNN and written to Senator Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who heads the foreign relations committee, Tillerson said he would end or transfer as many as three dozen special envoy positions.

    “I believe that the Department will be able to better execute its mission by integrating certain envoys and special representative offices within the regional and functional bureaus,” Tillerson wrote Corker, “and eliminating those that have accomplished or outlived their original purpose.”

    Tillerson aide: Constitution, not Trump, ‘speaks for the country’
    Special envoys for Syria, Sudan and South Sudan, and the Arctic will be eliminated.

  3. rikyrah says:

    TheAverageBlackMan™‏ @TheAvgBlackMan

    Does it surprise me Joel Olsteen won’t help displaced flood victims??
    NO…he’s a Trump supporter

  4. More pics from the flooding in La Grange

  5. rikyrah says:

    uh huh
    uh huh

    Qasim Rashid, Esq.


    3 different Houston mosques & 100+ members of @MuslimYouthUSA are out & serving Houstonians while Joel Osteen’s $50M megachurch sits closed.

  6. rikyrah says:


    Sherrilyn Ifill ✔ @Sifill_LDF

    What is this thing w/enthusiastically engaging in racial discrimination, but getting your feelings hurt when you’re called a racist?

    • rikyrah says:

      YvonneWingettSanchez‏Verified account @yvonnewingett

      NEW Arpaio’s team will put out statement asking media to stop saying he is racist; he’s been distressed by mischaracterization of reports
      2:07 PM – 28 Aug 2017

  7. rikyrah says:

    Mueller Looks at Trump Role In Hiding Purpose of Don Jr. Meeting
    August 28, 2017 at 6:48 pm EDT

    Federal investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller are keenly focused on President Trump’s role in crafting a response to a published article about a meeting between Russians and his son Donald Jr., three sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

    The sources told NBC News that prosecutors want to know what Trump knew about the meeting and whether he sought to conceal its purpose.

    At the time, the White House confirmed that Trump had ‘weighed in’ as the response to the New York Times report was drafted aboard Air Force One on July 8 as the president returned to the U.S. from Germany. the Washington Post reported that Trump had ‘dictated’ the response.

  8. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Mapping the Devastation of Harvey In Houston”

  9. La Grange flooding….

  10. rikyrah says:


    U.S. immigration officials reportedly left 50 women and children stranded at a San Antonio bus station in the path of Hurricane Harvey, according to the Rivard Report, a nonprofit newsroom in San Antonio.

    The immigrants from Central and South America were reportedly fleeing violence in their home countries and seeking asylum in the United States. They had passed a preliminary step in the immigration process and were on their way to meet family members and sponsors around the country.

    Individuals are typically taken to local bus stations to make the trip. However, as of Friday morning, in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey, Greyhound buses in San Antonio had been canceled. Democratic representative Lloyd Doggett even called ICE officials on Thursday and told them not to leave families at the bus station.

    “Knowing that, they just dropped them off,” Barbie Hurtado, a community organizer with RAICES, a nonprofit that supports immigrant families, told Buzzfeed. “These are women and children who have been released from family detention with no money, cell phones, and don’t speak English.”

    When local officials learned about the situation, representatives from the City of San Antonio contacted local church groups who provided the asylum seekers with shelter.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Trump Has Been Lying About Russia and Felix Sater All Along
    by Martin Longman
    August 28, 2017

    I wrote most comprehensively about Felix Sater in a piece we published in February called Trump’s SoHo Project, the Mob, and Russian Intelligence and in an April piece entitled Trump, Felix Sater, and the FBI. I also mentioned him and his relationship with Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen in How Did Alex Oronov Die and Why Does It Matter?, a piece I wrote in March. You might also be interested in the Mobbed Up article that Mike Lofgren published with us in February. In any case, if you’ve been following along, the name Felix Sater should be somewhat familiar to you. If you haven’t been keeping up with Sater here, perhaps you’ve been following the coverage at Talking Points Memo where Josh Marshall has been on the case like white on rice.


    Trump has been telling a lot of lies, and maybe foremost among them has been the lie that he has had no business deals in Russia or anything to do with Russia at all. Felix Sater’s testimony and his documents will prove otherwise.


    There’s a tremendous amount of stuff to unpack here, and the intelligence committees in Congress will have to pore over Sater’s documents and question him carefully. Special Counsel Bob Mueller will be looking, too, although we won’t hear anything from him unless and until someone gets indicted or there is an impeachment referral.

    For now, let’s just try to remember why Trump denied having business deals in Russia. He denied it because he demonstrated an abnormal tendency to praise Vladimir Putin that was hard to understand absent some financial incentive for doing so. That he either had Russian deals that were vulnerable or wished to pursue Russian deals and didn’t want to jeopardize them was such an obvious inference that it didn’t need to be explained to anyone. He was asked if these were the explanations for his behavior and he said the whole idea was made up and ludicrous.

    But people’s suspicions were 100 percent accurate. He was lying the entire time.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Arpaio Pardon Reaffirms Trump’s Promotion of Police Brutality
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    August 28, 2017

    When Trump announced his pardon of Joe Arpaio on Friday night, one of my immediate thoughts was to remember that it was only a month ago that he said this:

    Marcy Wheeler points out that by pardoning Arpaio, Trump was sending an important signal to this part of his base.

    As I pointed out repeatedly during the election, while some dissidents objected, the National Fraternal Order of Police and many other police groups stood by Trump, even after the Access Hollywood video made it clear the candidate endorsed sexual assault. Trump continues to feed this base, with repeated tributes to cops’ roles in keeping “us” “safe.”…

    There is no better way to do that than to convey to police that they can target brown people, that they can ignore all federal checks on their power, with impunity (this is probably one key reason why Trump has given up his efforts to oust Sessions, because on policing they remain in perfect accord).

    There is no better way to keep the support of cops who support Trump because he encourages their abuses then by pardoning Arpaio for the most spectacular case of such abuses.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Automatic voter registration keeps expanding, reaches 10th state
    08/28/17 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    As recently as early 2015, a grant total of zero states had automatic voter registration. As of this morning, however, AVR is now the law of the land in one-fifth of the states. The NBC affiliate in Chicago reports that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed his state’s measure this morning.

    According to the bill, automatic voter registration will be run through the Secretary of State’s office, with implementation scheduled to be completed in time for the 2018 elections.

    The bill will allow voters to be automatically registered to vote through an electronic process when they’re applying for a driver’s license or a state ID, unless they opt out.

    According to the group Common Cause Illinois, which was one of the biggest proponents of the new legislation, there are up to two million eligible voters who have not registered in the state of Illinois.

  14. Ametia says:

    Death toll from Hurricane Harvey reaches eight, Texas officials say
    Officials in Texas said Monday afternoon that at least eight people appear to have died as a result of the storm battering the state. That toll includes six people in Harris County, home to Houston; one person in Rockport, near where Harvey made landfall; and another person in La Marque, near Galveston.

    Authorities expect the toll to rise as rescue efforts continue and more rain, rising rivers and surging floodwaters pummel the Gulf Coast.

    • Liza says:

      My gosh, the water is at the rooftops.

      So many people are going to lose their homes in this catastrophic flooding.

  15. La Grange flooding. The insurance company is among the ones flooded…

  16. Josh’s Aunt Liza’s house in Sugarland….

  17. Man with the boat: “I’m gonna try to save some lives”

  18. rikyrah says:

    IMPORTANT: If you are awaiting rescue, hang a towel or sheet prominently so we can find you. Adresses are hard to spot. #harvey #hounews
    — HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) August 28, 2017

  19. rikyrah says:

    Trump, isolated & alone with a blank notepad, while other gov’t officials manage the crisis in the Situation Room sums up his presidency.
    — Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) August 28, 2017

  20. rikyrah says:

    If you were wondering why @realDonaldTrump is wearing those baseball caps, HE’S MARKETING/SELLING THEM.
    By @owillis
    — Shareblue Media (@Shareblue) August 28, 2017

  21. rikyrah says:

    Exiles on Pennsylvania Avenue: How Jared and Ivanka Were Repelled by Washington’s Elite

    ” What is off-putting about them”, one political veteran told me, ” is they do not grasp their essential irrelevance. They think they are special.”

    The couple does enjoy some perks that come from their relarionship as ‘ first among equals’ in the White House, according to the Washington veteran-although West Wing advisers reportedly mock Ivanka as “princess royal” behind her back.

    ” Trump is emotionally dependent on his son-in-law and his daughter, ” said the Washington veteran. ” But they can’t do anything for him. All they can do is make him feel better about what his life has come to.”

    The couple has been surprised and disappointed by their reception in Washington, and have lost friends back in elite circles in New York City.

  22. rikyrah says:

    A rare sight: minimum wage shrinks in a major U.S. city
    08/28/17 10:40 AM
    By Steve Benen

    We’re accustomed to seeing the minimum wage move in either a progressive direction or remaining stagnant and not moving at all. What we don’t generally see is a minimum wage shrinking.

    Welcome to St. Louis, Missouri, where locals have benefited from a $10 minimum wage for several months – until today. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported over the weekend:

    That’s because on Monday, employers in the city of St. Louis will no longer be bound by the local ordinance that mandated a minimum wage of $10 an hour in the city. A state law passed on the final day of the 2017 legislative session takes effect Monday, overriding the St. Louis ordinance and lowering the floor to $7.70 an hour.

    To be sure, we’ve seen some instances in which Republican-led state governments have intervened to block city-wide minimum wage increases before they took effect – see Birmingham and Cleveland, for example – but what makes St. Louis unusual is that the city’s increase, following a lengthy court fight, already took effect earlier this year.

    In other words, the GOP-imposed preemption law will take away an increase that locals have already enjoyed. And while it’s not yet clear how many employers will take advantage of the change, roughly 35,000 local workers could be affected.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Remember how EVERYTHING was ‘ Obama’s Katrina’?

    Now, we have something WORSE than Katrina, yet….nada.. peanuts from the gallery…

  24. rikyrah says:

    OSHA has erased data on worker deaths from its home page, changed its policy to disclose fewer fatal accidents.
    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 28, 2017

  25. rikyrah says:

    Here’s the list of military weapons Trump will now allow police departments to receive, virtually free of charge.
    — Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) August 28, 2017

  26. rikyrah says:

    “Dad, I love you.”: This man found his father for the first time since Harvey hit after his interview on CNN
    — CNN (@CNN) August 28, 2017

  27. rikyrah says:

    Surrounding yourself with generals, militarizing the police, and pardoning criminal allies are all steps in the direction of…something.
    — Bearded Stoner (@beardedstoner) August 28, 2017

  28. rikyrah says:

    WaPo: The new details “point to the likelihood of additional contacts between Russia-connected individuals and Trump associates.”
    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 28, 2017

  29. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING: Illinois just became to 10th state to enact automatic voter registration!
    — Common Cause (@CommonCause) August 28, 2017

    AVR is signed into law in Illinois, estimated to add 1 million new eligible voters to the rolls.
    — flippable (@flippable_org) August 28, 2017

  30. rikyrah says:

    White House photos show Trump sitting alone at Camp David while Pence runs hurricane Situation Room
    — Michael F Ozaki MD (@brontyman) August 28, 2017

  31. rikyrah says:

    Fire ants form a protective island as they float out the #Houston flood
    — Omar Villafranca (@OmarVillafranca) August 27, 2017

  32. rikyrah says:

    All About The Base: Why Open Primaries and Caucuses Are a Terrible Idea

    Trevor LaFauci
    August 28, 2017

    As bad as caucuses are, open primaries may be even less democratic. Because open primaries allow for ratfucking to the nth degree. By having someone show up on primary day and choose a party, there’s no guarantee that this person has noble intentions in mind. He or she can be voting for their chosen candidate or can be voting against a candidate for a party that they are not even a member of. Take Michigan for example. During the state’s March Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton had a 99% chance of winning according to all polling projections. Yet due to 7% of Democrats crossing over to vote on the Republican side and 4% of Republicans voting on the Democratic side, she ended up losing a close race that nobody saw coming. It’s hard to claim open primaries can lead to a transparent voting process when that system allows for an 11-point swing by people who voted solely with nefarious intentions.

    Yet since both of these systems helped Bernie Sanders, his supporters seemingly approve of the idea of replicating them nationwide. And they want to do this because these systems would help them and nobody else. The typical Bernie Sanders supporter has time to give up on a Saturday afternoon. He can afford childcare. He doesn’t have to work weekends. He can be loud and proud of his candidate and not worry about what his neighbors might think of his pervasive political beliefs. He can also decide, late in the game, that he wants to show up on primary day and register for a political party that he’s never been a part of. In either of these cases, this Bernie Sanders supporter will feel right at home, being among his fellow supporters in a safe and secure environment.

    But while both of these systems help Bernie Sanders supporters, they do not help the Democratic base. You know, the ones who actually voted for Hillary Clinton. The 94% of African-American women who voted for Hillary. The 82% of African-American men who voted for Hillary. The 75% of Asian-Americans. The 66% of Latinos. The reliable voting bloc of the Democratic Party that has now overwhelmingly become people of color and not White men and women, who failed to support Hillary Clinton at the levels needed. In fact, 53% of White women voted for Donald Trump and 63% of White men did the same. The base, the all-important and necessary supporters of the Democratic Party no matter what, has officially become people of color and these are the people who represent the present and future of the Democratic Party.

    Which is why it is absolutely asinine to even consider making it more difficult for these people to vote, which is exactly what moving toward an open primary and caucus system would do. The nominating process should be simple and should be open to as many people as possible. But at the same thing, there need to be rules. You cannot simply roll out of bed one morning and decide to cast a vote in a Democratic Party primary. It is not a particular inconvenience to find a candidate you like and to register to become a member of his or her political party 30 days before the primary. It is; however, an inconvenience to force every single registered voter to give up multiple hours on a weekend to participate in an antiquated and awkward nominating process where bullying and intimidation can impact your sacred right to vote. As both Washington and Nebraska showed us, closed primaries greatly increase both participation and faith in the democratic process and are more representative of a state’s true political leanings.

    And that should be the ultimate goal of the Democratic Unity Commission. The name implies the desire to bring the party together. To do that, the commission needs to listen to its supporters, and specifically, its base. Bernie Sanders and his supporters are not the base. When 10% of them chose to vote for a Nazi rather than support the Democratic nominee, they officially forfeited their ability to influence Democratic Party policy. They are not the base and 1 in 10 of them aren’t even Democrats, as demonstrated by their vote. They are a minority of voters who want to shape the Democratic Party in the image of a man who lost the nomination by 3.5 million votes and 900 delegates. Their desire to move toward an open primary and caucus system would benefit only their supporters and would disadvantage the vast majority of the Democratic Party base.

    A base that doesn’t want or need any of their help.

  33. rikyrah says:

    On Thursday, Bob Bauer explained how pardoning Arpaio, while expedient in the moment, may come back to haunt Trump.
    — Shane Harris (@shaneharris) August 27, 2017

  34. rikyrah says:

    Elizabeth Warren’s GOP Challengers Have No Credentials and No Credibility
    by D.R. Tucker
    August 27, 2017

    Like a championship team whose top rivals are nowhere in their class, it appears that US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will be facing off against a member of the GOP B-team next year. Apparently, the days of Republicans recruiting main-event players (Mitt Romney in 1994, Bill Weld in 1996) to challenge the Bay State’s senators are over.

    Romney loyalist Beth Lindstrom has now officially launched her effort to unseat Warren, and hilariously, her campaign is trying to promote the idea that she’s an “independent-minded Republican.” Of course, “independent-minded Republicans,” like unicorns and fairies, don’t actually exist, so who the hell is Lindstrom trying to fool?

    Lindstrom’s approach appears to align her with the brand of Massachusetts Republicanism that, historically, has been markedly more moderate than the national party.

    “As an independent-minded Republican, I will oppose President Trump when he’s wrong,” Lindstrom said in a press release. “His response to what happened in Charlottesville should have encouraged the people of this country with a message of zero tolerance for ethnic or racial prejudice. This is not an occasion for equivocation or evasion. Let me be clear: the hatred spewed by white supremacists and neo-Nazis is ugly and bigoted.”

  35. rikyrah says:

    Today in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.
    Today in 2008, Obama became the 1st black presidential nominee.
    — Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) August 28, 2017

  36. rikyrah says:

    #JoeBiden just wrote Everything We’ve Wanted to say About Trump,& It’s BRUTAL
    — Brook Bufa (@jupiter896) August 28, 2017

  37. rikyrah says:

    Hm. WH referring questions about the Trump Tower Moscow deal to Michael Cohen’s attorney.
    — Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) August 28, 2017

    This, from June, seems newly relevant. Trump Org renewed trademarks for hotels/branding in Russia in April 2016.
    — Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) August 28, 2017

  38. rikyrah says:

    Widening #USCG communications for #Harvey rescue ops in #Houston: Call 281-464-(4851)(4852)(4853)(4854)(4855). Get on roofs. Mark locl w/SOS
    — U.S. Coast Guard (@uscoastguard) August 27, 2017

  39. rikyrah says:

    Please check in.

  40. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with everyone suffering from Hurricane Harvey.

    This article provides a long list of ways (under each category) we can help, from donating money to sheltering victims, to volunteering, to donating blood, to rescuing animals:
    “How you can help Hurricane Harvey victims”

  41. rikyrah says:

    Prayers for everyone in Texas dealing with Harvey🙏🙏🙏

  42. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😐😐😐

  43. GrannyStandingforTruth says:

    Keeping y’all in my prayers.

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