Heavy rainfall – 6-8 inches in some areas – has caused widespread flooding throughout Harris County. Emergency management officials are urging residents to stay in place if at all possible and, if you must venture out, DO NOT drive into high water.
The west and northwest parts of Harris County have been hardest hit and are expected to get another 1 inch or less of rainfall. Only Greens Bayou is currently out of banks, but other bayous, creeks and tributaries are near the top of bank. Buffalo Bayou has rain gage readings in excess of 7 inches at Shepard Drive, NRG Park, and Harris Gully at MacGregor Drive. The rest of the county has received 6 inches or less of rain.
The Harris County Flood Control District's Flood Watch team is monitoring rainfall rates and bayou levels at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with other emergency management partner agencies.
An update on bayous and creeks that Flood Control District officials are watching closely (as of 3:00 pm):
The following are out of banks:
· Greens Bayou at US-59
The following are near bankfull:
· Greens Bayou at Aldine Westfield
· Greens Bayou at Beltway 8
· White Oak at Heights
· Hunting Bayou at IH-10
· Armand Bayou at Genoa Red Bluff
· Clear Creek at FM 1959
· Brays Bayou at Lawndale
· Buffalo Bayou at Milam
All other Harris County bayous and creeks are within banks. Stay away from these channels, as swift-moving water is extremely dangerous.
REMINDER: When faced with a flooding situation: STAY PUT wherever you are, unless your life is threatened or you are ordered to evacuate and do not drive or walk into high water areas.
With heavy rainfall comes the threat of flooding, so it is important for Harris County residents to be aware of conditions near their workplaces, schools and homes. The Flood Control District urges all residents to monitor rainfall and bayou water levels on its Harris County Regional Flood Warning System website (desktop and mobile versions) at http://www.harriscountyfws.org.