Press Room

June 21, 2017 2:52:27 PM CST

HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT MOVES TO MONITOR MODE AS TROPICAL STORM CINDY APPROACHES THE NORTHWEST US GULF COAST

The Harris County Flood Control District Flood Operations Team will move to monitor mode at 4 p.m.  today, June 21, 2017, in anticipation of Tropical Storm Cindy landfall on the northwest U.S. Gulf Coast 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.

Currently, Cindy remains rather disorganized, but expected impacts from Cindy are gusty winds of 30-45 mph across Harris County especially near the Galveston Bay coastline. The current forecast indicates rainfall amounts of  1-3 inches may impact  eastern Harris County starting tonight through tomorrow morning. Additionally, tides along the western side of Galveston Bay, Clear Lake, the Houston Ship Channel, and the lower portion of the San Jacinto River are averaging 1.5-2.5 feet above normal. Tides of these levels are not resulting in any impacts across southeast Harris County. 

The Flood Control District personnel are providing support  at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center and conducting media interviews from the TranStar lobby throughout the duration of this storm. Media outlets are encouraged to schedule interviews by contacting the Harris County Joint Information Center at 713-426-9530.

The Flood Control District's Flood Operations team has taken the following steps in advance of the storm: 

  • Confirmed proper operation of our 153 gages.
  • Alerted District staff to be actively monitoring weather conditions starting at 4 :00 p.m. today.
  • Responded to all service requests for debris removal.
  • Removed large construction equipment and materials from bayous and channels Continued communication with Harris County Office of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and other core partners on preparations.

Residents can follow Tropical Storm Cindy’s track by using the Flood Control District’s mobile-friendly website at www.TheHurricaneTracker.org. Once the rainfall begins, residents can monitor rainfall and bayou water levels on its Flood Warning System website at www.harriscountyfws.org. 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.