Addicks only has water during times of flood and is dry most of the year
Addicks Reservoir at a Glance
- Surface Area (in acres)
- Storage Capacity (in acre-feet)
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Date of Origin1948 75 years ago
Addicks Reservoir is classified as a Lake
- Flood Control
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Official History of Addicks Reservoir
Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas , a digital state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records
Addicks Reservoir is on South Mayde Creek a mile east of Addicks in western Harris County (at 29°47' N, 95°37' W). The filled rolled-earth dam is 61,166 feet long, and the drainage area above the dam covers 129 square miles. The elevation of the dam is 121 feet at the top, and the crest of the spillway reaches seventy-one feet. The United States Army Corps of Engineers completed the dam in 1948 in an effort to provide flood control in Buffalo Bayou and the San Jacinto River basin. The dam helps protect the city of Houston from floodwaters. Water is stored only for flood control and is released when flooding is no longer a danger. The total storage capacity of Addicks Reservoir and the adjacent Barker Reservoir is 411,500 acre-feet.Continue Reading at the Handbook of Texas