Overnight, hundreds of rescues have been necessary in Kingwood as the San Jacinto River continued to rise. Combined with the steady rain, streets and homes have flooded.
Houston City Councilmember Dave Martin, and his chief of staff, Jessica Beemer, have stayed on duty through the night coordinating information for rescues and arranging for shelter.
"We are doing rescues from all over Kingwood as it got very bad during the night. The evacuation center moved from Lone Star College to Creekwood Middle School and may move again. The Barrington got nailed," Martin said.
Yesterday evening, Kingwood High School was opened as a shelter, but soon was designated as a transport facility only as officlals became aware that the high school had four inches of water in part of the building, containing raw sewage.
At 11 p.m., Beemer announced that the gymnasium at Lone Star College was the new shelter site. Humble ISD police officers and bus drivers arrived to take residents to the college.
But within a few hours, the college location had to be closed too.
"Lone Star took on water last night and had a sewage backup........they are NOT a shelter." Martin said at 8 a.m. today.
He added that he is currently working to establish Kingwood Middle School as a shelter.
The Houston Police Department and the Houston Fire Department are coordinating the rescue efforts from the substation on Rustic Woods, managing dozens of air boats and high water rescue vehicles.
The Houston Fire Chief, Samuel Pena, tweeted that since midnight, HFD got 2,300+ calls for service, 2,000 water related and in Kingwood, 400 calls for rescue came in over night.
The San Jacinto River Authority has posted they are releasing water from Lake Conroe at the rate of 55,138 CFS.
At 10 p.m. last night, Aug. 28, the river authority issued this statement:
The Lake Conroe water level has now crested and is beginning to slowly decline. The current water level is 205.5 feet above mean sea level (MSL), which is 4.5’ over the normal pool elevation of 201’ MSL. The peak water level during this storm event was 206.24’ MSL. The previous record water level for the lake was 205.6’ MSL set in October of 1994. The current release rate from the Lake Conroe dam is 79,100 cubic feet per second (cfs). The previous record set in 1994 was 33,360 cfs. One of the most amazing statistics of this event (so far) was the amount of water flowing into Lake Conroe. The peak inflow into the lake was approximately 130,000 cfs. The peak release rate from Lake Conroe was 79,100 cfs. This means that the operation of the dam buffered the peak flow that would otherwise have continued down the river causing additional flooding.
Kingwood residents are taking to Facebook, posting their home addresses for rescue.
There are reports of heavy flooding in both The Enclave (the subdivision behind Randall's near Town Center) and The Barrington. The Enclave is particularly at risk since all of the homes are one story. Residents have been moving to their attic to avoid flood waters in their homes as they await boat rescue. Emergency responders have said to only move into your attic if you have a way to break through the roof so that you aren't trapped if water continues to rise.
Those needing immediate assistance are urged to call the Kingwood-specific rescue number 832-395-1820. This goes directly to the Kingwood command center.
Martin asked that this number be shared as far and quickly as possible. He also said his staff is monitoring Facebook for posts requesting help.