Houston Flooding 2016

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Flooding at Newcastle in Bellaire area on April 18, 2016. Photo Courtesy: A Houston Resident

Buffalo Bayou Flooding at 1 p.m. in Houston, April 18, 2016.  Aerial Photo Courtesy: Pascal on Twitter

Updated April 21, 2016 , 8 a.m. ET

KTRK reports this morning another body was found floating in Sims Bayou. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Harris, Waller, Montgomery, Austin, Northern Fort Bend, Northern Colorado and Southeastern Washington counties until 11:45 p.m. Central Time today. (Thursday). Rain chances are forecast to be 60% after 1 p.m. today.

Updated April 20, 2016 —

Southeast Texas and the Houston area are going through another round of showers and rain today. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also announced a direct donation fund to help flood victims in the Houston area. To donate, go to http://www.houstonrecovers.org and click on the links.

UPDATE – 7:20 P.M. CST, April 19, 2016

The Houston Police Department has confirmed another fatality at the Westpark Tollway and Post Oak, near the Galleria area.  This brings the total to four deaths in the City of Houston and seven across Southeast Texas during the massive flooding on Monday, April 18th.  The victim’s identity and cause of death are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (Medical Examiner).   The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (IFS) has confirmed six fatalities related to the recent flooding. All six deaths involved people in vehicles in flooded roadways. Three of those deaths were in the City of Houston, two occurred in unincorporated Harris County, and one occurred in Waller County.  Information on cause and manner of death will be provided by IFS at harriscountytx.gov/ifs.

Here’s a list of Red Cross Shelters open in Texas:

AUSTIN COUNTY:

  • Knights of Columbus Hall, 1390 US-90, Sealy

HARRIS COUNTY:

  • Chinese Community Center, 9800 Town Park Dr., Houston
  • Willow Meadows Baptist Church, 4300 W. Beltfort Blvd., Houston
  • Johnston Middle School, 10410 Manhattan Dr., Houston
  • Jersey Village Baptist Church, 16518 Jersey Drive, Jersey Village
  • MO Campbell Education Center, 1865 Aldine Bender Rd., Houston
  • Rosehill United Methodist Church, 21022 Rosehill Church Rd, Tomball
  • South County Community Center, 2235 Lake Robbins Rd., Spring

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:

  • East Montgomery County Senior Center, 21679 McCleskey Road, New Caney
  • First United Methodist Church in Conroe, 4309 West Davis, Conroe

PARKER COUNTY:

  • Weatherford H.S. Ninth Grade Center, 1007 South Main Street, Weatherford, TX

WALLER COUNTY:

  • Pine Island Baptist Church, 36573 Brumlow Rd., Hempstead
  • Royal High School, 2550 Durkin Rd., Pattison

 These shelters are open 24 hours a day and provide a warm, dry place to stay, food and emotional support for area residents who leave their homes due to storms and flooding.

For information on Red Cross services in your local area, follow @RedCrossDFW (North Texas), @centexredcross (Central Texas) or @RedCrossHouston (Gulf Coast area). You can also call 1-800-REDCROSS for assistance.

Sources: Harris County Office of Emergency Management, City of Houston News Releases

Updated April 19, 2016

The City of Houston has confirmed 6 deaths related to Monday’s flooding. Today 2 victims were found in their vehicles at 3605 W. Loop South at 2:40 p.m. The victims were discovered underneath the overpass at Richmond Avenue.  One man was found dead in a submerged vehicle at 17133 Imperial Drive.

Cgb274EUMAAYsP5-Harris County SO Flood Rescue Cgbpz13UMAI1BFB-Harris County SO Flood Rescue Wimbleton Area - April 19, 2016Al Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman and deputies continue to make house and horse rescues. People in the Wimbleton area were rescued by air boats today. Photos Courtesy: HCSO Texas, KPRC-TV, Twitter, Facebook

Harris County residents are advised not to eat and to toss out food contaminated by flood water.  Restaurants damaged by flooding also can’t open for business until they notify the health department. Trash collection also started today.  City of Houston offices resumed normal operations.  Municipal courts opened, but jury trials were cancelled.  Most school districts remained closed today.  For flood victim assistance and information, go to http://www.houstonrecovers.org.

On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott  declared a state of disaster in the following Texas Counties: Austin, Bastrop, Fort Bend, Colorado, Grimes, Harris, Montgomery, Waller and Wharton Counties.

Sources: Harris County Office of Emergency Management, City of Houston, Harris County Sheriff Office News Releases,  Twitter

Posted April 18, 2016 

Many Houston area residents woke up this Monday morning to flooding and rainfall much like the historic floods on Memorial Day weekend in 2015. Feeder roads along major Houston highways also were reported to be underwater Monday morning. Residents in Meyerland, Bellaire, Sharpstown, along Braes Bayou, Buffalo Bayou, White Oaks Bayou and other parts of Houston found themselves trapped in their homes and surrounded by flooded yards and streets.   KTRK-TV news reporter Steve Campion rescued a man from rising water during a live report this morning.  The National Weather Service reports 17.6 inches of rain fell today in the metro Houston area.  Texas officials are working with the Internal Revenue Service for an extension for Houston flood victims who have not or can’t file their taxes today.  Harris County post offices remain open.

During a live streamed news conference, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged residents to stay put and alert for updates.  Harris County and other counties closed schools today due to the city and county-wide flooding.  Harris County Office of Emergency Management also opened some shelters.

Numerous street flooding photos and videos also are posted on social media.

Harris County has been declared a disaster area so that flood victims can be eligible for federal or state relief.

Sources: Twitter, KTRK-TV, KHOU-TV, KPRC-TV

—Carol Lim

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