HOUSTON (FOX 26) - APRIL 18, 2016 5:15:13 AM CDT
STORMS CONTINUE TO POUND NORTH/NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY UP TO 16 INCHES OF RAINFALL
LIFE-THREATENING FLOODING IS UNDERWAY; DO NOT VENTURE OUT
Storms continue dropping rain on saturated neighborhoods in north and northwest Harris County with 7 to 10 inches of rain widespread and up to 16 inches in some areas. Emergency management officials are urging Harris County residents to stay put even if homes are flooding because you are safer indoors than out driving on flooded roadways where cars can sink or be swept away quickly. Call 911 if you think your life is in danger.
An update on area bayous and creeks as of 5 am.
The following bayous and creeks are out of banks:
- Spring Creek @ Hegar Rd
- Little Cypress @ Becker Rd
- Little Mound Creek @ Mathis Rd
- Little Cypress Creek @ Becker Rd
- Cypress Creek @ Katy Hockley
- Cypress Creek @ Stuebner
- Horsepen Creek @ Trailside Dr
- South Mayde Creek @ Greenhouse Rd
- Langham Creek @ West Little York
- Bear Creek @ FM 529
- South Mayde @ Peek
The following bayous are creeks are close to bankfull:
- Lower end of Cypress Creek
- Upper and middle Greens Bayou
- Upper end White Oak bayou
PLEASE BE AWARE: Spring and Cypress creeks flow into the San Jacinto River near US 59, so there will be impacts on the river over the next few days.
Affected Harris County residents are urged to report house flooding atwww.readyharris.org/go/survey/1829/11787/ or by calling the Harris County Flood Control District’s phone bank at 713-684-4000.
- Avoid driving into water of unknown depth. Moving water can quickly sweep you and your vehicle away.
- Monitor rainfall and bayou water levels on its Harris County Regional Flood Warning System website (desktop and mobile versions) at www.harriscountyfws.org.
- 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. The Harris County Flood Control District has a “Family Flood Preparedness” center at http://www.hcfcd.org/famfloodprepare.html with helpful, printable resources and flood preparedness tips.
The Flood Control District's Flood Watch team is at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management monitoring rainfall and bayou levels. The 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.