City of Houston Continues to Respond To Severe Weather
The City of Houston continues to monitor conditions as flooded roadways, streams, creeks and bayous recede. This morning, portions of Houston received up to 7" of rain with widespread totals of 3"-5" throughout the day.
The National Weather Service is forecasting additional rainfall early Thursday, however rainfall rates will remain low enough as to not generate the potential for flash flooding in Houston. As always, forecasts can change given conditions, so residents should stay apprised of weather forecasts through local media and by visiting weather.gov/houston
The City has received 20 reports of structural flooding throughout Houston as a result of these storms. Damage assessment teams will be deployed once conditions improve to verify these claims and further document them. Additionally, over 130 reports of street flooding and 9 reports of debris/trees in the street have been received by Houston 311.
Houston residents who have experienced flooding, especially those who have sustained damage to their home or business should call 311 (713.837.0311) or visit houston311.org to make a report to the City.
The Houston Fire Department reports over 75 flood-related calls throughout Houston, a majority of these were to assist stranded motorists. One swift-water rescue took place in the Houston Heights area and no injuries were reported.
The Houston Police Department reports 132 vehicles have been towed from City streets or freeways since midnight. If you were forced to abandon your car in the street and it has been towed, you can find it online at findmytowedcar.com or by calling 713.308.8580.
Emergency Operations Center
The City of Houston Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located at the Houston Emergency Center in north Houston has been activated since early this morning with staff from the Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management, Mayor's Office of Public Safety & Homeland Security, and Public Works & Engineering Department. The EOC will remain activated through the afternoon to ensure emergency response agencies have quick access to the resources and information they need to respond effectively.
City residents are urged to stay informed through official sources. This includes signing up for Emergency Alerts from AlertHouston by visiting houstontx.gov/emergency, or by following @AlertHouston on Twitter and Facebook.