What is the danger?
A strong weather system entering the region starting Friday will deliver large amounts of rain across the area through Monday. The National Weather Service forecast indicates rainfall totals through the weekend could average 2-4 inches across Harris County with 8 or more inches possible in isolated locations .
The potential for street flooding will increase as rainfall totals may rise Sunday night-Monday morning. Floods are the leading cause of weather related deaths.
What you need to do:
Residents should monitor local media and the National Weather Service (NWS) for weather updates throughout the weekend. Various watches and warnings may be issued by NWS as conditions change. Residents should follow all safety instructions in these messages.
In the event of street flooding, remember “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Driving through high water or around barricades on flooded roadways or underpasses can lead to death!
Know the NWS Flood Lingo!
- Flood Watch: Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
- Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.
- Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
Basic Flood Safety Tips
- 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.
- 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 Houston-Galveston
Flood Safety: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Local Road Conditions: Houston TranStar
State Road Conditions: DriveTexas.org