Cypress, TX News – Additional Rain Forecasted for Harris County

Cypress, TX News (May 27, 2014) - The Harris County Flood Control District is monitoring bayous and creeks, and rainfall levels, and will provide information as it is available. So far, Harris County has received 3 – 6 inches of rain over the past 24 hours and additional rainfall is forecast through the remainder of this week.

With heavy rainfall comes the threat of flooding, so it is important for Harris County residents to be aware of conditions near their workplaces, schools, and homes.  The Flood Control District urges residents to be aware of potential flooding conditions and to monitor rainfall and bayou water levels on its Harris County Regional Flood Warning System website at www.harriscountyfws.org.

May 26 – 27 Storm Impacts

Heavy and persistent storms May 26 resulted in an average rainfall of 3 – 4.5 inches across the northern and western parts of Harris County, with 1.5 – 2.5 inches in central Harris County. Rainfall resulted in high water levels in bayous and creeks throughout Harris County and widespread street flooding.  Storms are moving through the county, and have dropped an additional .5 – 1.5 inches of rain.

South Mayde Creek is out of banks in western Harris County near Greenhouse Road and Interstate 10, with minor flooding of Cullen Park between Greenhouse and Barker Cypress. Langham, Bear, Cypress, Little Cypress, and Willow creeks in northwest and north Harris County are high but not out of banks.

Bayous and creeks throughout Harris County are responding to heavy rainfall but continue to rise as storm water runoff drains into them.

REMINDER: When faced with a flooding situation stay put wherever you are, unless your life is threatened or you are ordered to evacuate. Do not drive or walk into high water areas.

The Flood Control District has a “Family Flood Preparedness” center at hcfcd.org/famfloodprepare.html with helpful, printable resources, including a guide on how to create and implement a family flood preparedness plan, a family emergency kit checklist and a “Turn around, don’t drown” brochure (developed by the National Weather Service). The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has disaster preparedness resources and the latest information about conditions in Harris County at www.readyharris.org.  Additional flood preparedness tips:

  • Secure valuables and important documents.
  • Avoid driving, if possible. If you must venture out, avoid driving into water of unknown depth. Moving water can quickly sweep you and your vehicle away.
  • Restrict children from playing in flooded areas.
  • Remain in your home during the storm unless instructed to evacuate by local officials.
  • Have a flood insurance policy. For information on flood insurance, visit the National Flood Insurance Program website at http://www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531.
  • Know your home’s risk of flooding. You can view a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM or floodplain map) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Map Service Center (http://www.msc.fema.gov), or refer to the Flood Control District website at http://www.hcfcd.org.

We want to encourage all residents to make sure their storm drains and culverts are clear from debris. Clogged drains and culverts can prevent water from traveling to the bayous and tributaries, causing street flooding, and possible house flooding, depending on the amount of rain we receive. Debris should NOT be discarded in areas bayous, streams, and ditches. This can cause flooding as well. Debris should be put in trash bags or stacked neatly along the side of the road and away from drainage ditches and storm sewers.