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A USGS crew measures floodwaters in Piney Point, Texas.

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USGS hydrologic technicians Eric Boeding and Robert Ellis measured the height and speed of floodwaters at the USGS streamgage site at Buffalo Bayou in Piney Point, Texas. This is the downstream control point for Addicks and Barker dam releases. USGS field crews made multiple record high flood measurements on Aug. 27, including downstream of Addicks and Barker dam. Flood measurements near Addicks and Barker dam are critical for making public safety decisions, as 1.2 million people live downstream. Photo by Matthew Barnes, USGS.