3 road deaths confirmed after Houston-area floods

The City of Houston has confirmed the deaths of three people whose bodies were found following the severe flooding in the area on Monday. Houston firefighters found a male at around 10:45 a.m. Monday on Imperial Valley Drive near Greens Bayou inside a vehicle with water in it, though the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences will conduct an autopsy to determine what caused his death. The bodies of two other people were found at around 2:40 p.m. Monday inside two vehicles on the 610 West Loop South frontage road near Richmond Avenue in southwest Houston. The flooded vehicle was found below the overpass near Richmond Avenue.

The driver of an 18-wheeler truck was also found dead in that vehicle on West Hardy Road near Beltway 8, but the cause of death has not been confirmed.

The identities of the three people will not been released until the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences notifies their family members.

Reporting to 3-1-1 allows the City to dispatch the appropriate crew to remedy the situation.  If you have a threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1
The City of Houston has established the following shelters for people whose homes were flooded:
  • Jersey Village Baptist Church on 16518 Jersey Drive, Houston, Texas 77040
  • M. O. Campbell Educational Center on 1865 Aldine Bender Road, Houston, Texas 77032
  • Johnston Middle School on 10410 Manhattan Drive, Houston, Texas 77096
  • M.C. Williams Middle School on 6100 Knox, Houston, Texas 77091
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner canceled the scheduled State of the City address that was scheduled for Monday as a result of flooding throughout the area. City of Houston municipal courts did not operating on Monday.

"This is a dangerous situation and I do not want our employees trying to get to work," said Mayor Turner. "All Houstonians need to stay off the roads. Do not go out until conditions improve."  

City of Houston Tier 3 employees, or non-essential personnel, were told to stay at home on Monday.

During a news conference on late Monday afternoon, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said his office has already filed documents to declare the Houston area and Harris County as a disaster area. Judge Emmett and Mayor Turner estimate that 2,300 homes were flooded in Harris County and Houston.

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