NEWS Storm causes flooding of Harris County's 22 watersheds

Storms are finally moving out of the Houston/Harris County region allowing for a break in persistent heavy rainfall that has resulted in devastating flooding in more than half of Harris County’s 22 watersheds.

Northwest Harris County’s Cypress Creek and Addicks Reservoir watershed received the brunt of the heavy rainfall with 15-17 inches reported in Katy, Bear Creek and Cypress areas. Several creeks that drain into the reservoir – Horsepen, Langham, Bear and South Mayde – were among those reporting high rainfall totals. Tomball, Klein, Spring and Jersey Village communities received an average 13 inches of rainfall; Greenspoint, Aldine, and other neighborhoods along White Oak, Greens and Halls bayous received an average 6-8 inches of rain.

After rain moved into central and southwest Houston, Brays, Keegans and Willow Waterhole bayous rose quickly with 8-10 inches falling in a few hours. Reports of house flooding are coming in from all affected watersheds, and preliminary estimate are at approximately 1,000 flooded homes and structures.

Emergency management officials are urging Harris County residents to stay put even if homes are flooding because you are safer indoors than out driving on flooded roadways where cars can sink or be swept away quickly. Call 911 if you think your life is in danger.

PLEASE BE AWARE: It will take several days for creeks in the northwest to drain; and Spring and Cypress creeks flow into the San Jacinto River near US 59, so there will be impacts on the river over the next few days.

Affected Harris County residents are urged to report house flooding at www.readyharris.org/go/survey/1829/11787/or by calling the Harris County Flood Control District’s phone bank at 713-684-4000.

The Flood Control District's Flood Watch team is at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management monitoring rainfall and bayou levels. The team constantly monitors the data and works during severe weather events to advise the public and local officials of areas that are and could be affected by flooding.

 

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