Houston Historic Floods

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This photo was tweeted to #abc13eyewitness in Houston Saturday night as Minute Maid Park and streets in downtown Houston flooded. Manholes gushed out water. Harris County Flood Control official says there were no reports of flooded homes or bayou flooding Saturday night, but some cars were stranded on roads during the rain storms that moved through.  Better and sunnier weather is forecast on Sunday and Monday, according to KTRK-TV.  Official also are watching rising water in rivers today and Monday.

This is the view from Pearland, Texas, south of the Houston metro area around 6 p.m. Rain storms moved through quickly Saturday night in Houston and Harris County.  Streets flooded in downtown Houston and manhole covers were blowing off  from the heavy rain tonight. So far, there is no bayou flooding, no water going over the banks.  High water was reported at Highway 59 and Dunlavy near the Shepherd exit, according to KHOU-TV.  Some scattered storms are forecast later tonight.

The National Weather Service has  issued a flash flood watch for the Houston area now through Sunday 7 a.m. CDT.  Local officials also are monitoring rising water levels in the Colorado, Brazos and San Jacinto rivers.  The City of Houston also began picking up water-damaged items at curbsides today. Legal analysts also warn residents of scammers wanting money up front to repair flood damaged homes and to give to reputable charities and churches to help flood victims.

As of May 29, 2015 11:56 a.m. CDT, Houston Fire Department and emergency management officials confirmed 7 people died from the historic flooding in Harris County this week. The two missing people have been found. An Hispanic man, 31 years old, was found on May 27th. His body was found 100 feet from his vehicle on the West Park Toll Way. The truck appeared it had been submerged in high water from the Monday night- Tuesday morning severe storms and flooding.  An 87-year-old man was found dead near Port of Houston on Thursday, May 28th. He had been missing after an attempted water rescue by the Houston Fire Department. The man and his wife,  were both passengers of a HFD boat rescue that capsized during high water in Brays Bayou. The couple drowned. 

 Most of Texas, including Houston and SE Texas, is under a flash flood watch this weekend. Local officials will be closely watching rain storms forecast for Saturday night. They also have ordered mandatory and voluntary evacuations for residents near the rising Colorado, Brazos and San Jacinto rivers.

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Photo: Carol Lim

On Thursday, Meyerland residents in  southwest Houston piled up water-damaged items along Rice Avenue across from Kolter Elementary School.  Some Meyerland and Bellaire residents said their yards were flooded by 10:30 p.m. Monday and  2-7 inches of water rushed into their homes by 3:30 a.m. Tuesday during the heavy rainfall and after Brays Bayou overflowed.  All were cleaning up and waiting for insurance adjusters to arrive Thursday afternoon.  One Meyerland resident, who also is an engineer said if the City of Houston had cleaned out the muck clogging storm drains more often, all this could have been avoided and their  homes would not have been damaged by flood water.

The sunshine returned and life returned mostly back to normal in Houston, Texas on Wednesday afternoon after historic flooding across the city late Monday night into Tuesday morning.  The Memorial Day late night flash floods trapped and stranded hundreds of drivers across Harris County.  Most schools were open and Houstonians returned to work on Wednesday. Some areas still had higher levels of standing water in ditches and ponds, but roads are dry for commuters.  High water and flooding continues to be a problem for residents in Humble and Kingwood,  northeast of metro Houston on Thursday morning, KTRK-TV reported. Officials also are watching rising water levels in the San Jacinto River, Colorado River and Brazos River, NBC News reported as water rescues continued Thursday.

The stormy weather killed 5 people and 2 people are still missing, the Houston Mayor’s Office confirmed Wednesday.  The victims were a 64-year-old woman found in an SUV at 5775 Ranchester.  Another woman, unknown age, was found at 43oo South MacGregor in Brays Bayou. A man, unknown age, was found at 1700 Studewood. His body was found after his vehicle was towed to a local vehicle storage facility. A Vietnamese Asian male, 50-years-old, was found at 1700 Holcomb. He died from drowning and was a passenger of a Houston Fire Department boat rescue that capsized during high water in Brays Bayou.

A 66-year old man also died at 1400 W. Loop South. His death believed to be a heart attack while helping a stranded motorist.

City officials estimate 1,400 homes and businesses were damaged and asked residents to take photos of any property damage before they clean up. Residents are urged to call 311 to report damage and to avoid traveling through flooded areas, if possible.

Brays Bayou overflowed and flooded the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant at 4211 Beechnut Avenue and damaged its electrical and mechanical syastems. More than 100,000 gallons on untreated waste water made the flooding even worse.

For Houston weather updates, go to http://www.weather.gov

—Carol Lim

Source: City of Houston news releases, http://www.weather.gov, http://www.houstongovnewsroom.org

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