Press Room

January 18, 2017 8:31:41 AM CST

HARRIS COUNTY RAINFALL AND BAYOU LEVELS UPDATE 8:30 a.m.

The Harris County Flood Control District's Flood Watch team is actively monitoring rainfall trends, as well as measured rainfall amounts and water levels in bayous and creeks. Over a 3- to 4-hour span this morning, rainfall amounts of 4-6 inches occurred over the Keegans and Brays Bayou watersheds of southwest Harris County into downtown Houston. Significant flooding is in progress along US 59 from Fort Bend County to the northeast side of downtown Houston, with widespread flooding of roads and underpasses.

  • Keegans Bayou has crested after being overbanks at US 59/Beltway 8, Roark Road, with numerous streets flooded.

  • Brays Bayou is flooding the mainlanes of SH 288 and homes situated in the lowest areas of Meyerland are in danger of flooding. The bayou continues to rise downstream, but appears to have crested at US 59 and Gessner Road and is beginning to fall.

  • Hunting Bayou is at bankfull stage at Lockwood Drive with street flooding in the Kashmere Gardens neighborhood.

  • Willow Waterhole is near bankful stage at Westbury Lane.

  • Lower Mayde Creek is at bankfull stage at Greenhouse Road.

  • Upper Spring Creek is nearing bankfull at Hegar Road.

  • Upper Cypress Creek is rising toward bankfull stage

  • Lower White Oak Bayou is nearing bankful stage, with flooding of White Oak Drive and portions of the I-45 mainlanes.

  • All other watersheds are high, but within banks.

 A National Weather Service Flood Warning remains in effect for Harris County until further notice. A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 10:45 a.m. for Harris, Fort Bend and Wharton County.

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 at www.harriscountyfws.org, which includes a mobile application. The District’s Flood Watch 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. 

REMINDER: Do not drive or walk into high-water areas. If faced with flooding, STAY PUT wherever you are, unless your life is threatened or you are ordered to evacuate.

Be sure to check out our Flooding Facts and Preparedness section on our website with helpful, printable resources, including a guide on how to create and implement a FAMILY FLOOD PREPAREDNESS PLAN. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has disaster preparedness resources and the latest information about conditions in Harris County at www.readyharris.org.

Additional flood preparedness tips:

  • Secure valuables and important documents.

  • Avoid driving, if possible. If you must venture out, avoid driving into water of unknown depth. Moving water can quickly sweep you and your vehicle away.

  • Restrict children from playing in flooded areas.

  • Remain in your home during the storm unless instructed to evacuate by local officials.

  • Have a flood insurance policy. For information on flood insurance, visit the National Flood Insurance Program website at http://www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531.

  • Know your home’s risk of flooding. You can view a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM or floodplain map) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Map Service Center (http://www.msc.fema.gov), or refer to the Flood Control District website at http://www.hcfcd.org.

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.