Harris County Alerts

Flood Relief Efforts in Harris County

Aug 31, 2017 Back

What is the danger?
Water continues to recede throughout the county. Residents are reminded to return home only when authorities indicate it’s safe.

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at Level 1 (Maximum Readiness). HCOHSEM will continue to monitor forecasts and weather developments along with the National Weather Service and the Harris County Flood Control District.

Listen to local officials and trusted sources for the latest information.

What you should do?
As clean up begins, Harris County Public Health Offers the following health and safety tips: 

• Whether the water is deep or shallow, floodwaters are dangerous. They can carry debris, pollution, sharp objects and nasty critters. Keep children out of floodwaters, wash hands thoroughly, and disinfect or throw out items that have come in contact with floodwaters.
• Whether your yard got a little wet, or your house has water inside, be SMART about cleaning up the mess: Wear gloves and dispose of items that cannot be thoroughly cleaned.
• There will be many stray animals and ‪pets‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ because of the ‪flooding‬‬‬‬‬‬‬. NEVER approach unfamiliar animals.‬‬‬‬‬‬

• ‬The floodwaters brought more than just damage and debris. Mosquitoes will start breeding in standing water. Dump/clean out containers with water (birdbaths, buckets, toys, pet bowls) to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

• Find more information at:


For latest updates regarding shelters, volunteering, closings, and other regional alerts, visit www.readyharris.org

Submit a home flood report at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HomeFlooding.

To apply of FEMA Disaster Assistance, please visit: https://www.disasterassistance.gov.

Volunteer and Donations Management hotlines:

Donations Management – 1-800-924-5985
Volunteer Management – www.volunteerhouston.org 281-656-1533

Two donations drop-off points have been opened for residents who wish to donate in-kind to disaster survivors. Read more at: http://www.readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26706

Water will take a few days to recede. Stay off the roadways.

• Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ® DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES! Just 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
• 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.

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