Updated 2:20 p.m. Central Time, Jan. 18, 2017
The Houston area is under a National Weather Service Flood Warning until 4:15 p.m. Central Time today for Fort Bend, Harris and Wharton counties in Texas. Houston forecasters say more rain is expected to develop. Heavy early morning downpours caused scattered flooding on roads and in neighborhoods throughout the Houston area this morning. Above, a street in Bellaire, Texas just south of Bissonnet Street turns into a lake before 7:30 a.m. Central Time.
Stay home. If you’re on the road, watch out for flooded streets and flooded highway underpasses and entrances and exit ramps. Turn around and don’t drown. Tune into local broadcast stations and National Weather Service for weather updates. KTRK-TV ABC 13 reports bayous slowly starting to drain, but more rain is on the way.
The rushing waters of Brays Bayou at I-610 and N. Braeswood Boulevard near Meyerland at 12:40 p.m. Central Time. Nearby retention ponds also were filled to the brim during this afternoon’s rainfall.
By 10 a.m., most streets in the hard-hit Highway 59 corridor had drained and streets dried up enough to travel. The National Weather Service in Houston reports White Oak Bayou Heights Boulevard had 6.44 inches; Houston 6.08 inches, Sugarland 5.04 inches and Richmond 4.01 inches of rainfall over the last 12 hours.
Posted Jan. 17, 2017
Slick wet roads in the metro Houston area at 11:25 a.m. Central time. Heavy downpours caused parts of Bissonnet Street from Buffalo Speedway to Weslayan to be underwater. Drive carefully today.