Road closures, high water rescues in Montgomery County

By Courtney Gilmore - Anchor/Reporter , Jenelle Shriner - News Executive Producer

HOUSTON - Some roads in Montgomery County were impassable Monday morning after heavy rains led to flooding and some cars got trapped in the high water.

There were several water rescues and the low lying spot off the North Freeway and Frazier turned out to be a hot spot.

Drivers off I-45 were faced with road blocks and traffic jams Monday morning. It didn't matter if you were in a car, truck, or school bus,  no was getting through Loop 336 off I-45 unless they were in a paddle boat. The driver of a van unfortunately had to learn the hard way.

"Man, we've seen lots of downpour, lots of flooding, people in high water," said tow truck driver Troy Baxter.

He says he had to fish out a fair number of cars early in the morning. The roads off the North Freeway were dark and drivers didn't see the high water until it was too late. The roads were slick all over town.

The rain continued to come down in sheets, which caused the water level to rise five feet. Conroe police officers tried to direct the traffic flow away from the intersection.

Early Tuesday crews were putting out barriers along Loop 336 and I-45. Just beyond the railroad tracks there was a van under water. At around 4 a.m. the van was completely submerged, but the water level has started to subside.

Other vehicles closer to FM 830 were stranded in high water as well.

At around 8 a.m.  the rain turned into a light sprinkle, the high water diminished and traffic was finally able to pass through.

There were not any reports of series injuries.

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