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June 20, 2017 1:16:31 PM CST

HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT MONITORS POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE #3 IN THE CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO

The Harris County Flood Control District with the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and the National Weather Service are monitoring a tropical system that could potentially affect our area late Wednesday into Thursday morning. The main concern with this weather system for Harris County is heavy rainfall that could result in street and bayou flooding.

At 10 a.m. a tropical storm watch was issued for the upper Texas coast from High Island, Texas, to San Luis Pass, Texas, including Galveston Bay and Harris County. At 10 a.m. a tropical storm warning was extended westward from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to High Island, Texas.

The Harris County Flood Control District's Flood Operations team will monitor the weather system as it approaches and is taking the following steps in advance of the storm:

  • Confirming proper operation of our 153 gages.
  • Confirming appropriate levels of staff are available to respond and monitor the event.
  • Preparing phone bank operations and will open, if needed.
  • Inspecting trash racks to ensure they are clear of debris.
  • Ensuring Contractors working on Flood Control District projects are on-call to secure our construction sites prior to the onset of rainfall.

The Flood Control District encourages all residents to be prepared. Make sure storm drains and culverts are clear from debris as clogged drains and culverts can prevent water from draining to the bayous and tributaries, which can cause street flooding, and possible house flooding, depending on the amount of rain we receive. With this tropical system, the main threat will be flooding and residents need to remember to 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. Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @HCFCD for live updates.

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.