Has preparedness for heavy rain improved since the Memorial Day flood?

- Nothing like approaching heavy weather to rekindle memories of the Memorial Day deluge that left Meyerland and other neighborhoods along Braes Bayou a sopping, multi-million dollar mess for months.

Experts say the system moving our way now has the potential to drop as much precipitation.

"The biggest threat there is tornadoes and heavy winds as we start moving into tonight and early Wednesday morning, that's where we see very big potential for some flash flooding and some Bayou issues," said Francisco Sanchez of TranStar.

Question - Is our drainage system better able handle an onslaught than it was nine months ago?

Yes, contends the Harris County Flood Control District's chief engineer Steve Fitzgerald citing additional storage capacity for overflow rainwater.

"We have several capital improvement projects like on Braes Bayou. We continued to do construction and complete the retention basins that were in the water shed," said Fitzgerald.

But if heavy rainfall hits a particular area in heavy concentration over a short period of time trouble will follow.

"If we get two or three or four inches in a thirty minute period or an hour period we will have extensive street flooding and possibly home flooding," said Fitzgerald.

That's what happened last May in Meyerland.

There is a potential blessing sitting in Houston's favor -  a dry spell preceding this event that has kept rain gages at close to zero for more than two weeks.

"The ground is dry so we will absorb the first inch or inch and a half and that will be helpful, that will be very helpful," said Fitzgerald.

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