Flood concerns remain after last batch of storms move through

By Click2Houston.com Staff, Eric Braate - Weather Executive Producer

HOUSTON - A line of thunderstorms has moved off the coast Thursday afternoon and into the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The storms have dropped a half to one inch of rain in most places. Isolated two inch rain totals have been measured. 


Thursday's storms will not produce additional widespread flooding in the region.  However, ponding on area roads and minor, short-lived feeder flooding may occur, so be extremely careful on area roads where storms are happening.

Longer-term flooding will continue in areas dealing with the ongoing run-off from Sunday night's excessive rainfall to the northwest of Houston.

Once the storms exit southeast Texas early Thursday afternoon, no more strong storms will develop.  Partly cloudy skies will take over for much of Thursday afternoon, pushing temperatures to near 80 degrees.  Isolated light to moderate showers could pop up Thursday afternoon, but they will be short-lived and not produce heavy rain.

The City of Wharton mayor has issued a mandatory evacuation, effective 9 a.m. Thursday, for residents due to flooding. 


Due to water filtering down through our waterways the Colorado, Brazos and San Bernard Rivers are all on the rise and need to be monitored closely.


The Addicks Reservoir and Barker Reservoir reached record elevations on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The water levels are expected to rise to record levels, the highest in the projects' 70-year history.

Residents in the Bear Creek Village neighborhood immediately adjacent to the Addicks Reservoir; and in all subdivisions along Barker Reservoir, are urged to remain alert and take precautionary measures. 


At least eight people have died in connection with Monday's floods in the greater Houston area, officials said.

According to officials, this week's flooding is the worst in the area since Tropical Storm Allison hit in 2001.

Officials confirmed Wednesday that 744 homes and 400 apartments were affected by the flood. Those numbers are expected to rise.

The Houston Fire Department said it completed 723 water rescues during Monday's flood event, deploying 13 boats and 19 high-water vehicles.

Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster Monday in Harris County, as well as Austin, Bastrop, Fort Bend, Colorado, Grimes, Montgomery, Waller and Wharton counties.

"A lot of rain coming in a very short period of time, there's nothing you can do," Turner said. "I regret anyone whose home is flooded again. There's nothing I can say that's going to ease your frustration. We certainly can't control the weather."

The Red Cross has opened several shelters across the Houston area. Volunteers are also needed -- call 713-131-5491 or visit redcross.org/volunteer.

Click here for a list of Red Cross shelter locations.

The city of Houston has opened the following shelters around the area:

Johnston Middle School
10410 Manhattan Dr.
Houston, TX 77096

St. John United Methodist Church
8787 N Houston Rosslyn Rd
Houston 77088

Greenspoint Mall (taken via bus to Campbell Edu. Center)


Montgomery County officials have set up emergency staging areas in the following locations:

First United Methodist Church
4308 W. Davis
Conroe, TX 77304

The East Montgomery County Friendship Center
21679 McCleskey Road
New Caney, TX 77357

South County Community Center
2235 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Jersey Village is also offering shelter for flooded residents or those without homes.

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