Press Room

May 08, 2019 1:00:17 PM CST

HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLASH FLOODING THREAT CONTINUING THROUGH SATURDAY

Overnight heavy and persistent rain occurred over Northeast Harris County resulting in flash flooding in parts of Kingwood and neighboring communities. Additionally, heavy rains of 4-6 inches occurred from Missouri City to La Porte and Deer Park. Rainfall exceeded projected averages resulting in amounts of 7-9 inches, which caused high water and street flooding. Bayou and creek levels remain high, but most - including Keegans Bayou, Brays Bayou, Armand Bayou, and Clear Creek – have crested and are receding from last night’s rainfall. Only one remains out of banks – the San Jacinto River below Lake Houston at US 90 and Rio Villa Drive.

The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) is continuing to monitor rainfall trends, which is expected to fall in clusters of intense bursts averaging 5-8 inches across the county through Saturday. With grounds saturated, additional heavy rainfall will likely result in increasing run-off and rapid rise on area creeks and bayous potentially to levels that could result in flooding. Additionally, there is also a risk of damaging hail and strong winds with isolated tornadoes possible.

HCFCD is in close coordination with the San Jacinto River Authority, the National Weather Service, and the West Gulf River Forecast Center as well as numerous local agencies and partners monitoring and preparing for additional heavy rainfall and flooding.

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 harriscountyfws.org. Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @HCFCD for updates.

ABOUT THE HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT

The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) 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.