Press Room

March 31, 2017 11:18:00 AM CST

HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT PREPARES FOR HEAVY RAINFALL

The Harris County Flood Control District with the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and the National Weather Service are monitoring a storm system that could potentially affect our area late Saturday into Sunday. The primary threat with this system is heavy rainfall and flash flooding for areas that have already seen rainfall this week. Updates will be issued as needed.

 The Harris County Flood Control District's Flood Operations team will monitor rainfall trends and is taking the following steps in advance of the storm:

  • Calibrating stage gages
  • Monitoring bayou levels
  • Preparing phone bank operations
  • Removing large construction equipment from bayous and channels
  • Verifying communications and ensuring that our staff are accessible

The Flood Control District urges all residents to monitor rainfall and bayou water levels on its Harris County Flood Warning System website at www.harriscountyfws.org. Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @HCFCD for live updates.

We want to encourage all residents to make sure their 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. Debris should NOT be discarded in areas bayous, streams and ditches. Debris should be put in trash bags or stacked neatly along the side of the road and away from drainage ditches and storm sewers. 

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. To learn more about the Flood Control District, visit www.hcfcd.org.