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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.

 

NEWS 'High Society' exhibition opens Sunday at MFAH

Tomorrow, April 17, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, opens High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter, an exhibition of some 45 paintings by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805–1873), the most renowned portraitist of the courts of Europe during his day. Throughout the course of his career, Winterhalter captured the elegance of his aristocratic sitters with an unrivaled brilliance of technique and sensitivity of touch. 

Complementing his canvases are a number of garments fashioned by sought-after 19th-century couturier Charles Frederick Worth (1825–1895) and several of his contemporaries. Featuring works drawn from public, private and royal collections around the world, the exhibition will be on view in Houston thru August 14, between its presentation at the Städtische Museen Freiburg, Germany, and the Musée du Château de Compiègne, France.

Several special programs have been scheduled during the run of the exhibition, including exclusive tours, lectures, family workshops and a Mother's Day Concert. 

The key underwriting for the exhibition was provided by  the Kinder Foundation. Additional generous funding was provided by the Estate of Margo Lamb and Luther King Capital Management.

For more information, please visit www.mfah.org/.

 

NEWS Lane Closures Slated for Hermann Park area

Beginning tomorrow, a major construction project adjacent to Hermann Park will cause significant traffic disruptions, and citizens should be aware of lane closures and alternate ways of reaching the park. The traffic changes will occur in two phases: a short-term and a long-term phase that will extend through a construction project in the Texas Medical Center.

Phase One will call for Cambridge Street to be reduced to one eastbound and one westbound lane between the T.M.C. Garage 4 and Fannin Street. Hermann Park visitors should consider using MetroRail or bus service to reach the park, or approach the park from Fannin or Hermann Drive.

It is important to bear in mind that ambulances coming to and from the T.M.C. should be given the right of way, which will be difficult within the two-lane, two-way traffic pattern. Traffic control officers and flaggers will be directing traffic. Automobiles exiting the parking garage onto Cambridge Street will only be able to turn right.

Details of Phase Two of the traffic plan will be released closer to the proposed implementation date, estimated to take place in May 2016.

NEWS Biggio's sport bar to open in November in new Marriott Marquis

Today, the Marriott Marquis Houston announced a partnership with Houston Astros All-Star Craig Biggio to open Biggio’s, a two-story sports bar to debut November 2016.

Just steps from the Houston Astros home field, Minute Maid Park, Biggio’s will pay homage to the baseball legend through showcasing memorabilia from the sports star, as well as offering patrons giant flat screen TVs to enjoy the game, a large craft beer selection including many local brews from Houston’s best breweries, and a selection of crowd-pleasing menu items. The high energy bar will be the place for Houstonians and visitors alike to catch all the sporting action throughout the year.

A second baseman and catcher who played his entire career from 1988 through 2007 for the Houston Astros, Craig Biggio in January became the first of the Astros to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In his career, Biggio tallied 3,060 hits, which ranks 21st in all-time in Major League history and 11th all-time among right-handed hitters.

Beloved by local fans, Biggio earned a reputation during his time in the majors for being a tough and scrappy player, winning the Hutch Award in 2005, given to the player who best shows competitiveness and never gives up.

Biggio is also the recipient of two prestigious community service awards, including the  Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, which honors the Major League Baseball player who combines outstanding play on the field with devoted work in the community and the  Branch Rickey Award, which is also given annually to an individual in Major League Baseball in recognition of his exceptional community service.

“For nearly 30 years, Houston has been my home town, and I am honored to partner with the Marriott Marquis to bring Biggio’s to the city,” said Craig Biggio. “It is really a dream to open a first-rate sports bar just steps away from my second home, Minute Maid Park, with an esteemed partner like Marriott.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Houston legend, Craig Biggio,” said Scot Cotton, general manager of the Marriott Marquis Houston. “Biggio’s will be a premier Houston destination for sports, a good drink, and a great meal.

The Marriott Marquis Housotn, the city’s newest hotel, opens in November 2016, adding 1,000 new guest rooms, over 100,000 square feet of meeting space and Houston's largest ballroom to the city. A one-of-a-kind Texas-shaped lazy river, rooftop infinity pool, and special events pavilion overlooking Discovery Green Park, establish the property as a cosmopolitan oasis in the heart of downtown. The hotel also features a full- service spa and fitness center, great room lobby, and six food and beverage outlets, including two specialty restaurants. 

 

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