Harris County Flood Control District Monitoring Heavy Rainfall
December 2, 2016
HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT MONITORING HEAVY RAINFALL
The Harris County Flood Control District's Flood Watch team is monitoring rainfall trends, as well as measured rainfall amounts and water levels in bayous and creeks, as this weekend’s rain event progresses.
Sections of northwest and southern Harris County have received significant rainfall. Bayous and creeks in those areas are responding with increasing stormwater levels.
Northwest Harris County received between 2-3 inches of rainfall overnight and into this morning. Some isolated areas have received upwards of 3 inches in the last 24 hours.
From 2-3 inches have fallen in the lower portion of Clear Creek as well and, combined with tides, have resulted in elevated water levels primarily in the lower portions of the creek.
HCFCD has opened the Clear Creek Second Outlet Gates at Kemah in anticipation of heavy rainfall across the Clear Creek watershed this weekend. This will help expedite stormwater run-off out of Clear Lake and Clear Creek.
As of now, all channels remain within banks.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Harris and surrounding counties through Sunday evening, December 4, and a Coastal Flood Advisory until 3 a.m. Sunday, for Harris and other coastal surrounding counties. We are expecting additional rainfall, some heavy, the rest of the weekend and into Monday morning.
The Harris County Flood Control District has taken the following steps in advance of the storm:
For all construction sites, removing temporary low water crossings and stockpiling any materials from within the channel.
Completing debris removal service requests.
Fueling flood control fleet and work vehicles so that crews can respond appropriately and as needed after the rain event.
Verifying appropriate levels of staff are available to respond to the event.
Preparing phone bank operations, if needed.
Calibrating stage gages
With heavy rainfall comes the threat of flooding, so it is important for Harris County residents to be aware of conditions near their workplaces, schools and homes. The Flood Control District urges all residents to monitor rainfall and bayou water levels on its Harris County Regional Flood Warning System website at www.harriscountyfws.org, which includes a mobile application.The District’s Flood Watch 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.
REMINDER: When faced with flooding, STAY PUT wherever you are, unless your life is threatened or you are ordered to evacuate. Do not drive or walk into high-water areas.
The Flood Control District has a “Family Flood Preparedness” center at http://www.hcfcd.org/famfloodprepare.html
with helpful, printable resources, including a guide on how to create and implement a FAMILY FLOOD PREPAREDNESS PLAN, a FAMILY EMERGENCY KIT checklist and a “TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN” brochure (developed by the National Weather Service). 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. Additional flood preparedness tips:
Secure valuables and important documents.
Avoid driving, if possible. If you must venture out, avoid driving into water of unknown depth. Moving water can quickly sweep you and your vehicle away.
Restrict children from playing in flooded areas.
Remain in your home during the storm unless instructed to evacuate by local officials.
Have a flood insurance policy. For information on flood insurance, visit the National Flood Insurance Program website at http://www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531.
Know your home’s risk of flooding. You can view a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM or floodplain map) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Map Service Center (http://www.msc.fema.gov), or refer to the Flood Control District website at http://www.hcfcd.org.
About the Harris County Flood Control District
The Harris County Flood Control District provides flood damage reduction projects that work, with appropriate regard for community and natural values. With more than 1,500 bayous and creeks totaling approximately 2,500 miles in length, the Flood Control District accomplishes its mission by devising flood damage reduction plans, implementing the plans and maintaining the infrastructure. To learn more about the Flood Control District, visit www.hcfcd.org.