A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for western Harris County until 945 a.m.
HOUSTON, TEXAS - The Harris County Flood Control District is monitoring severe weather through the region. Overnight heavy and persistent rainfall occurred over far western Harris County into northern Fort Bend County where rain totals of 5-8 inches have fallen overnight from Jersey Village to Katy and resulted in significant street flooding and rises on area creeks and bayous.
Minor low land flooding is occurring along South Mayde Creek near Greenhouse Road. The creek has crested and is starting to fall, but flooding will remain in this area for the next several hours.
White Oak Bayou in Jersey Village and upper Buffalo Bayou in Katy are high, but within banks.
A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for western Harris County until 945 a.m. The Harris County Flood Control District is continuing to monitor rainfall trends as additional rainfall will be possible over the county this morning. With grounds saturated, additional heavy rainfall will likely result in increasing run-off and rapid rise on area creeks and bayous potentially to levels that could result in flooding along with street flooding.
The Flood Control District is actively coordinating with its emergency operations partners at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, San Jacinto River Authority, and the National Weather Service.
The Flood Control District encourages residents to create an account and sign up for rainfall and water level alerts at fwsalerts.org. FWS Alerts allow residents to customize the sensors they receive alerts from and choose to receive them via text, email, or both.
HCFCD encourages residents to take the following precautions when heavy rainfall and potential flooding is expected:
- Make sure storm drains and culverts are clear from debris. Clogged drains and culverts can prevent water from traveling to the bayous and tributaries, causing street flooding, and possible house flooding, depending on the amount of rain we receive.
- In areas that normally experience flooding, move vehicles to driveways or in parking garages as the storm approaches.
- Move emergency supplies and valuables to a high, dry place in your residence.
- Never drive into high water. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Less than two feet of water can float and wash away a vehicle. Be especially cautious at underpasses and at night when water across roadways can be difficult to see.
- Refrain from discarding debris in areas bayous, streams and ditches. Debris should be put in trash bins and then brought inside into garages or backyards, away from drainage ditches and storm sewers.
- Monitor rainfall and creek and bayou levels at harriscountyfws.org.
- View the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management disaster preparedness resources at readyharris.org.
- Carry flood insurance. Residents should contact their insurance agent for more information about purchasing flood insurance, or visit the National Flood Insurance Program at fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program or call 1-888-379-9531. Please keep in mind that new insurance policies take 30 days to go into effect.
ABOUT THE HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT
The Harris County Flood Control District provides flood damage reduction projects that work, with appropriate regard for community and natural values. With more than 1,500 bayous and creeks totaling approximately 2,500 miles in length, the Flood Control District accomplishes its mission by devising flood damage reduction plans, implementing the plans and maintaining the infrastructure. For more information about the Flood Control District, visit www.hcfcd.org or follow us @HCFCD on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest #HCFCDnews.