More than 3,600 flooded homes in Harris County

HOUSTON - As the greater Houston area begins to dry out from this week's flooding, new numbers released show the extent of the damage for many residents.

More than 3,600 homes across Harris County have flooded, according to the Harris County Office of Emergency Management. The majority of them are on the northwest side of the county.

According to the Harris County Flood Control District, over 2,364 houses were flooded in unincorporated Harris County and more than 1,300 homes the City of Houston. A meteorologist with the Flood Control District said these numbers are expected to rise.

Here's a breakdown of some of the Harris County flooded homes:

  • Blue Bell Plaza 12
  • Greenbriar Colony 50
  • Greens Road Mobile Home Community 61
  • Northline Terrace 121
  • W L Hill 4
  • Airial 3
  • Bishop Ct. 3
  • Castlewood 12
  • Parkwood Estates 3
  • Sequoia Estates 6
  • Town of Aldine 3
  • Amesbury Park 2
  • Amhurst Sec Eighteen 17
  • Barwood 30
  • Cimarron 2
  • Cypress Fields 17
  • Cypress Place 12
  • Deefield Village 4
  • Houston Hot Wells 53
  • Longwood Trace 36
  • Memorial Parkway 1
  • Mossy Oak Estates 25
  • Northlake Forest 24
  • Nottingham Country 2
  • Ranch Country 11
  • Ravensway 17
  • Riata Ranch 18
  • Ricewood Village 2
  • Settlers Village 1
  • Sommerall Sec Fourteen 14
  • Stablewood Farms 24
  • Stone Lake 2
  • Timberlake Estates 28
  • Tower Oaks Meadows 51
  • Village of New Kentucky 2
  • Waynewood Place 7
  • Westlake 3
  • Westlake Forest 3
  • Westlake Place 10
  • White Oaks Falls Sec Four 16
  • Alton Theiss Addition 3
  • Bear Creek 262
  • Briar Creek 3
  • Bridgestone Lakes 5
  • Copper Creek 4
  • Creekwood Acres 8
  • Cutten Green 2
  • Enchanted Oaks 1
  • Fairfax 11
  • Fallbrook 30
  • Forest Lakes 4
  • Forest Shadows 1
  • Forestwood One 5
  • Foxwood 1
  • Georgetown Colony 58
  • Glencairon 11
  • Greenfield Village 2
  • Greengate Place 4
  • Greenwood Forest 4
  • Hearthstone 149
  • Heartstone Meadows 30
  • Highland Creek Village 1
  • Kenswick 5
  • North Hill Estates 15
  • Northglen 1
  • Post Wood 6
  • Riverwood 1
  • Savannah Estates 81
  • Suburban Ranches 13
  • Turtle Lake 38
  • Villages of Langham Creek 63
  • Villages of Northpointe Sec Three 3
  • Westminster Village 1
  • Willow Forest 3
  • Woodland Oaks Sec Two 36
  • Woodland Oaks West Sec Two 30
  • Yorktown Villas 108

Water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, the two west side dams that protect Houston from a flood of biblical proportions, is being released into Buffalo Bayou at a controlled rate.

The release of water at the Barker Reservoir dam into Buffalo Bayou began Thursday evening. The release will lower the water levels in the reservoirs.

The Harris County Flood Control District said the normal release rate will be doubled, causing water levels in Buffalo Bayou to rise between Highway 6 and downtown Houston.

Emergency management officials asked residents who live on streets adjacent to Addicks Reservoir Thursday to prepare for potential flooding conditions.

The areas most likely to see street flooding, and potential house flooding, are located on the perimeter of Addicks Reservoir in the Bear Creek Village subdivision just northeast of the State Highway 6/Clay Road intersection, and south of Addicks-Satsuma Road.

(Map below: Bear Creek Village streets near the SH 6/Clay Road intersection at risk of flooding.)

Bear Creek Village streets near the SH 6/Clay Road intersection at risk of flooding.

Thursday evening the release of water at the Barker Reservoir dam into Buffalo Bayou began.

"These are both pools of record we have not seen this much water before. The dams are being tested for the first time with this much water," Richard Long, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said.

In 70 years, neither dam has ever looked like this, and in some neighborhoods, the reservoirs are slowly moving in, up and over Highway 6 for miles.

"Twenty-three years, never seen it like this before," said one resident.

(Map below: Bear Creek Village streets near Addicks-Satsuma Road at risk of flooding.)

Bear Creek Village streets near Addicks-Satsuma Road at risk of flooding.

Even with planned releases to lower both dam levels starting Thursday night, homes are in jeopardy as each dam spreads to its outer reaches.

The outer reaches are neighborhoods. Hundreds of houses are essentially not just near, but within the dams.

"The Cinco Ranch area and the Bear Creek area are actually within the maximum storage area of our projects," Long said. "We have filled up the government-owned land, but that doesn't mean the dam is at capacity."

That is a cold hard truth if you live in one of the neighborhoods.

Water levels may remain high for days or weeks, depending on additional rainfall and reservoir release rates.

Officials said the following streets in Bear Creek Village have the potential to fill with storm water and may be impassable in the next few days:

  • Sandy Hill
  • Pine Mountain
  • Lost Spring
  • Mill Hollow
  • Sylvan Glen
  • Hickory Grove
  • Birch Vale
  • Aspen Glen
  • Bear Hill
  • Regency Villa
  • Pine Forest
  • Fox Springs
  • Pagehurst
  • Fern Ridge
  • Pinecliff
  • Thornbrook
  • Midridge
  • Prairie Creek
  • Four Season

CLICK HERE TO CHECK THE WATER LEVELS IN YOUR AREA

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

Local fire and police departments performed more than 1,800 rescues across Harris County and surrounding areas, emergency management officials said.

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

Check out an interactive rainfall map below:

 

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