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Creeks in northwest Harris County remain high; Addicks, Barker Reservoirs continue to rise

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – The Harris County Flood Control District reports creeks remain high in northwest Harris County, but are expected to start going down Thursday, including Cypress Creek. The Addicks and Barker reservoirs are rising as various creeks continue to carry stormwater to those flood-control facilities from hard-hit northwest and west Harris County neighborhoods.

The District said scattered showers Wednesday dropped small amounts of rain throughout the county, with a high of 1.1 inches recorded on Cypress Creek near Huffmeister Road. The period of respite from heavy rains is allowing creeks to drain, which will eventually lead to water receding from homes and streets.

Bayous and Creeks Status

  • Cypress Creek, which flows from far northwest Harris County to U.S. 59 in east Harris County, is starting to crest at it headwaters near the Harris-Waller counties line, but the remainder of the creek is at least 5 feet out of banks, and will remain high for the next 24 hours.
  • Little Cypress Creek in northwest Harris County is starting to recede at its headwaters near Becker Road and floodwaters should be back within banks and off of area roadways in the next 12 hours.  The lower end of the creek near Cypress Rosehill and Kluge roads will remain out of banks for the next 12 hours.
  • Spring Creek in north Harris County is approximately five feet out of banks and will remain high for the next 24 hours.
  • South Mayde Creek in west Harris County is approximately 3 feet out of banks and will remain so for 12-18 hours.  South Mayde flows to the Addicks Reservoir.
  • Bear Creek, another Addicks tributary, remains more than 2 feet out of banks and will remain so for the next 12-18 hours before starting to recede.
  • Buffalo Bayou is within its banks and falling, except at the upper end near US 90.  It will remain a few feet out of banks along that stretch for the next 12 hours.
  • Greens Bayou, and its two primary tributaries, Halls and Garners bayous, are back within banks and starting to recede.

San Jacinto River Status

  • West Fork of San Jacinto River at Humble - Major flooding is in progress on the West Fork of the San Jacinto River in Humble with many streets and some homes flooded. The river will crest near 57.5 feet on Thursday.
  • San Jacinto River below Lake Houston - Major flooding is in progress and will continue into Thursday morning. Significant roadway flooding is in progress with some flooding in homes at ground level in Highlands, Banana Bend and Rio Villa communities.

The District said all other bayous and creeks are within their banks, but water remains in several streets and low-lying areas, particularly in northwest Harris County. 

Addicks and Barker Reservoirs Status

  • Extreme rainfall in northwest Harris County has led to significant rises in the Addicks and Barker reservoirs.

As water levels rise in the reservoirs, roadways that run through them have gone underwater, and neighborhoods immediately adjacent to the reservoirs' western and northern boundaries could see rising water in streets and possibly homes, according to officials.

The District encourages to monitor local media closely for weather and road conditions updates. Evacuation information will be provided by the Harris and Ford Bend counties’ Office of Emergency Management.

Roadways that run through both reservoirs are underwater and will remain impassable for several days up to several weeks. Those include Addicks Reservoir and Barkers Reservoir.

Addicks Reservoir

  • State Highway 6 is closed from Clay Road to Park Row.  The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) encourages motorists to use FM 529 as an alternate.
  • Harris County Precinct 3's north-south North Eldridge Parkway is impassable from Dairy-Ashford to Clay Road.
  • Precinct 3's north-south Barker-Cypress Road is impassable from Groeschke Road to South Parkview Road.                                                                                                                          
  • The east-west Clay Road is impassable from SH 6 to Brittmore Drive. TXDOT has coordinated with the Harris County Toll Road Authority to waive tolls at the Clay Road southbound entrance ramp to the Sam Houston Parkway toll road for the duration of this closure.
  • All internal roads in the reservoir, including Patterson Road, Bear Creek Drive and War Memorial Street, are impassable.
  • All recreational facilities are closed.

Barker Reservoir

  • The east-west Westheimer Parkway is impassable through the reservoir, from FM 1093 to South Fry Road.
  • South Barker-Cypress Road from Westheimer Parkway to FM 1093 is impassable.

All recreational facilities are closed, according to the District.