Two roads reopened for first time since floods

Two major roads that have been closed since the April 18 because of widespread flooding are now open to traffic, according to a statement from the Harris County Flood Control District.

Westheimer Parkway is now open between FM 1093 and South Fry Road while Clay Road is open from State Highway 6 to Brittmore Drive. The roads were impassable because of high water from the torrential rainfall that left flooded conditions in western Harris County, enough to fill the Barker and Addicks reservoirs. In order to decrease water levels in those reservoirs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District has been releasing a steady flow of storm water from the two facilities into Buffalo Bayou. The effort has eliminated standing water from neighborhoods near the two reservoirs.

Drivers are encouraged to proceed with caution on Westheimer Parkway and Clay Road since area ditches remain full of water. 

The Harris County Flood Control District included the following information in the statement released on Tuesday: