Harris County Alerts

Severe Weather Moving Through Harris County This Morning

Jan 18, 2017 Back

What is the danger?

Heavy rainfall moving through Harris County overnight and through this morning are causing street flooding in parts of central Harris County. A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 8:15 a.m. for much of central Harris County.

What you should do:

Residents should monitor local media and the National Weather Service for the latest weather conditions prior to beginning their morning commute. Flooded roadways are a serious hazard and a leading cause of flood-related death. If you encounter high water remember - TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN! Do not attempt to drive through flooded streets. Just two feet of moving water can sweep away a car, or even an SUV.

Basic Flood Safety Tips:
  • DO NOT WALK through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down.
  • If your home floods, STAY THERE. You are safer at home than trying to navigate flooded streets on foot.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is NOT MOVING, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter MOVING water.
  • STAY AWAY from streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
  • MOVE important items – especially important documents like insurance policies - to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
  • DISCONNECT electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.

Where you can learn more?

Forecasts: National Weather Service
Local Traffic Conditions: Houston TranStar
Preparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.org

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