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Officials: No Knowledge of Flood Risk from Dams

Houston-area officials have told a congressional committee they weren't aware of forecasts by federal authorities regarding flooding risks from local reservoirs that ended up inundating thousands of homes during Hurricane Harvey.

However, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a concerted effort was made to ensure all information was shared with local officials and the public.

Local and federal officials testified Monday during a meeting in Houston of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee about lessons learned from Harvey.

A Houston Chronicle report from February stated the Corps had failed to share with the public a forecast ahead of Harvey's arrival predicting the reservoirs would flood adjacent neighborhoods.

The committee's chairman, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, says he plans to begin a congressional investigation to look into the matter.
 

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