Nearly $10 million approved for Sims Bayou upgrades in Harris County
The bayou’s system helps capture and drain water to prevent flooding for residents and business that hug the waterway. However, when historic storms like Hurricane Harvey occurred, the system was overwhelmed, damaging homes and business near the Fuqua Garden View neighborhood.
Commissioner Ellis proposes $7.7M increase in program that would provide more relocation funds for flood victims
Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis plans to ask the commissioner’s court to add $7.7 million to a buyout program to provide repeat flood victims – including undocumented immigrants - with more money for relocation.
After nearly a year of flooding issues, Baytown woman says ceiling caved in at apartment complex and almost fell on her head
Vanessa Sylvester said she’s been dealing with flooding issues for nearly a year, but after having to dodge a soggy ceiling that almost fell on her head last week, she said she can’t take it anymore.
On 4th anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, Harris County Flood Control District says all flood-prone improvement projects have started
On the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the Harris County Flood Control District announced that all projects that are part of a multi-billion-dollar post Harvey bond program have begun.
23 local fire departments prepare for possible street flooding, severe weather
Houston Fire Department has everything from inflatable boats to high water rescue vehicles strategically stationed throughout the city, ready to go if needed. Some of the equipment was already put into good use in the Kingwood area after Monday evening storms.
Brookside Village residents say $295 million project could have stop community from flooding
BROOKSIDE VILLAGE, Texas – Sheryl Karolinski was out of town when Tropical Storm Beta struck her Brookside Village home and pushed an estimated three inches of water inside. City hall has served as the hub to push out supplies. With no assistance from the county, state, or federal level the people in Brookside largely have had to help themselves. In Brookside Village, they don’t want to lose anymore. “I believe there’s $295 million for the project to start widening the creek that goes through the city,” said Greg Thomas, a city councilperson.
Residents in Pearland cleaning up after flood damage
PEARLAND – The rain may be gone, but the water hasn’t quite receded in some Houston neighborhoods. The intersection of Longwood and Myrtlewood drives in Pearland looks like an island because it’s surrounded by water, which has started to recede. The back part of his home is surrounded by several feet of flood water from the Clear Creek. Stasny says he has flood insurance and he’s waiting on an inspector to look at the damage. Now, his family is cleaning up, removing the sheetrock and starting over on a home they just re-built.
WATCH: Floating fire ant pile spotted in League City flood waters caused by Beta
The City of League City shared a video on Twitter showing two fire ant colonies floating in Beta flood waters at Countryside Park. In the post, the city warns people that those piles are one of the many reasons walking through flood water can be dangerous. FLOATING ANT PILESThis is one of the reasons why you should avoid walking through flood water. Floating ant piles-like this one found at Countryside Park-can form and be very dangerous. Have you ever encountered one of these ant colonies on the move?
What’s in a name? City wants you to ‘Name that Drain’
HOUSTON – The Houston “Name that Drain” contest has been extended through October in order to give people a chance to participate. Look at all those drains (Check out the interactive map)! RELATED: Houston’s Adopt-A-Drain program falls short of expectationsIn order to participate in the contest, the participant must be 18 or older and the drain must be officially adopted in the Adopt-a-Drain database. The name may not contain lewd language, profanity or hate speech. According to the contest rules, the first place winner will be chosen by the city and will receive a “small blue tile plaque, as well as a tool bundle including a DeWalt power tools set … and drain maintenance tools donated by the Houston ToolBank.”Go online to learn more information about the contest or the Adopt-a-Drain project.
KPRC 2 reporters went to worst-affected parts of Houston area during TS Beta. Here’s what they saw
HOUSTON – Tropical Storm Beta drenched Houston Monday night and all day Tuesday, leaving several parts of the city underwater. The since downgraded Tropical Depression Beta continues to threaten the Houston-area with more rain Tuesday night. KPRC 2 reporters were stationed all around the city and collected stories from the worst-affected parts of town. Here’s what they saw:A closer look at the flooding in the Pearland areaTS Beta causes flooding in Pearland areaFlooded roads reported in north and northwest Harris County due to heavy rainBeta causes flooding in the Greenspoint areaHighway 288 and Houston’s SouthsideHouston activist and rapper, Trae Tha Truth, goes door-to-door to helpSeveral high-water rescues conducted in the Houston area due to flash floodingBuffalo Bayou flows over its banks due to rise in water levelsFlood water creeps into Friendswood-area homes
MAPPED: More than 100K gallons of wastewater spilled in 5 locations in Houston due to TS Beta, officials say
HOUSTON – Houston officials say more than 100,000 gallons of domestic wastewater have been spilled in five locations in Houston as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday due to the “intense, sustained, rainfall of greater than 10 inches in the last 24 hours,” during Tropical Storm Beta. LIVE BLOG: Read the latest updates from the developing Tropical Depression Beta hereOfficials with Houston Public Works and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are monitoring the situation. At present, officials say if you receive your water from the city of Houston, you do not need to boil your drinking water. Here’s a map of where the spills occurred:The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires the city to provide residents with the following information in event of a wastewater spill:
‘Your minivan is not magical’: Judge Lina Hidalgo urges people to continue to stay home
HOUSTON – Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo held a news conference Tuesday where she said the area is in for a longer period of severe weather. “Anytime between now and when the storm moves away ... we could see a new band of rain form that could cause flooding to structures,” Hidalgo said. “Any areas of flooding east of the reservoirs is due to high rain,” Hidalgo said. Your minivan is not magical, so stay off the roads right now and make sure you do so until the threat passes,” Hidalgo said. Hidalgo said people can go to ReadyHarris.org to get up-to-date information about weather, flood conditions, traffic, bayou levels and more.
LIST: Houston-area school, college schedule changes because of Beta
Humble ISD - Humble ISD schools and buildings are OPEN on Wednesday, Sept. 23, following Tropical Storm Beta. Klein Online students will continue to learn online and Klein On-Campus students will return to their campus. San Jacinto College - San Jacinto College will extend online learning and remote work for Wednesday, Sept. 23. Tomball ISD - Tomball ISD schools and facilities are open Wednesday, Sept. 23 and the district will operate on a normal schedule. Classes continue online.
Is Houston-area prepared for a major hurricane? A status update on projects seeking to mitigate impact
However, a project to protect Galveston Bay down to San Luis pass from storm surge is still in the planning stages. He and his colleagues have also recently proposed a plan to help mitigate storm surge in the bay. Storm surge removed or redistributed sand and dune areas along the entire beachfront on Galveston Island. Entergys response:ETI regularly inspects the transmission system and repairs and replaces components in order to keep the system in good working order. This enhanced the current transmission infrastructure with more modern and efficient technology to better serve the region.
Late Evening Storms on West Side
Katy, TX – A line of converging winds created strong storms late this evening which prompted Flood Advisories until 12:15am for western Harris County, Fort Bend County, Wharton County and Austin County. Total rainfall exceeded 2″ at Willow Fork Creek and Pederson Road in southern Waller County. In Harris County, South Mayde Creek at Morton Road had 1.76″ of rain in under an hour. All of Waller, Austin, Colorado, Ft Bend and inland Harris County are under a Flash Flood Watch until 6am, depicted below in green. Flash Flood Watch to 6amShortly before midnight, many of the showers in Harris County had fallen apart and the line of storms had begun to weaken, although thunderstorms continued.
UPDATE: Why we have to watch for flooding this weekend
This is an update to Monday’s blog as of Tuesday morning, as models have shifted heavier rain over Southeast Texas. I know you don’t want me bringing this up, but you’re going to start hearing about flood potential in Texas this weekend and I want you to know why. First, look at the jet streams which are way north and way south of Texas. This same model has shifted heavy into our region for Saturday Night into Sunday Morning. Stay weather aware as we continue toward the weekend!
State plans to take Hurricane Harvey funds from the city of Houston
HOUSTON – The Texas General Land Office is planning to eliminate the city of Houston's control of funding for Hurricane Harvey housing relief. In a letter sent to Mayor Sylvester Turner Wednesday, the GLO stated it was overhauling "all responsibility for administering disaster assistance to city residents." The GLO argues the city has done little with the recovering funds. The state has four years to allocate the funds to Houston residents, so there still is time. Turner said the city is taking all necessary legal steps to preserve the city’s right to administer the funds.
FEMA provides a 120-day grace period for National Flood Insurance Program
HOUSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies from 30 to 120 days. This move is to provide relief to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) customers who may be experiencing financial hardships during the coronavirus pandemic. The extension applies to flood insurance policies with an expiration date between February 13 to June 15. Typically, customers have a 30-day grace period to renew policies. We hope this extension will give policyholders some peace of mind and allow them extra time to renew their policies to ensure they are covered should a flood loss occur.”To renew flood insurance policies or resolve an underpayment, policyholders can contact their insurance carriers or call the National Flood Insurance Program Call Center at (877)336-2627.
PHOTO: See a closeup image of the pipe that burst in east Houston last week causing massive flooding, water boil notice
HOUSTON – Houston Public Works posted a photo Monday of the “culprit” responsible for Thursday’s water main break, which resulted in flooding and a city-wide water boil notice. Crews are replacing the damaged 8-foot pipeline with a new one on Monday. The boil water notice was lifted Saturday morning. A spokeswoman for Mayor Sylvester Turner said it will take crews about a week to complete repairs on the 8-foot water line that feeds water to the city from the Northeast Purification Plant. READ: City of Houston lifts boil water notice in place since Thursday
Why did the water main break in east Houston?
HOUSTON – Houston’s aging infrastructure played a factor in the massive water line break in east Houston this week, according to Mayor Sylvester Turner. The 35-year-old water line that ruptured Thursday was still within the range of useability, Turner said. Before the water main break, the city sent a contractor to find and repair the leak, Turner said. While the contractors were on-site exploring the issue, the line burst when the soil around the line was moved. The advisory was lifted Saturday afternoon after the results from 43 water samples concluded that the was not contaminated during the water line break.
UPDATE: City of Houston lifts boil water notice in place since Thursday
HOUSTON – After an 8-foot diameter water main pipe burst in east Houston Thursday, sparking a days-long boil water advisory, city officials said Saturday it is no longer necessary to boil your water. The City of Houston lifted the boil water notice that has been in place since Thursday, Feb. 27. “I appreciate everyone’s patience over the past couple of days as Houston Water crews worked to isolate the break and restore water pressure to the city of Houston. I also thank the community for conserving water usage and following the boil water notice,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a release. Here is the Friday press conference with Mayor Turner and other city officials:Boil water notice issued for HoustonA boil water notice was issued for the Houston water system Thursday and was lifted least Saturday morning.
These maps show places that are under a boil water advisory in the Houston area
HOUSTON – Houston Public Works and officials in Missouri City released maps showing the parts of the Houston area that are under a boil water notice after an 8-foot water main break flooded eastern parts of the city Thursday. “Houston Water crews have been able to isolate the break and water pressure should be slowly restored over the next few hours.”Officials at Houston Public Works said areas shaded in orange on the map embedded below are included in the boil water notice. The Houston boil water notice will remain in effect until at least Saturday at 7 a.m, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a press conference Friday afternoon. When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes. RELATED STORIESHigh water covers 610 East Loop and several roads in east Houston after 8-foot water main breaksHouston hospitals experiencing water issues, city clinics close Thursday after water main breakSee what’s going on around the city as KPRC 2 reporters give latest updates after massive water main breakLIST: HISD cancels classes Friday; other businesses, restaurants closed due to water main break in east HoustonThese videos show the impact of water main break that flooded east HoustonPHOTOS: High water takes over east Houston neighborhood, roads after water main breakGet real-time Houston traffic updates
LIST: Houston-area schools, universities that have canceled classes Friday due to water main break
HOUSTON – Houston-area school districts, universities, businesses and other offices are closed Friday after a major water main break in east Houston. All after-school activities were canceled Thursday as a result of the water main break impacting a major part of the city. The closures are Willowridge High School, McAuliffe Middle School, Ridgemont Elementary, Early Literacy Center at Ridgemont, Briargate Elementary, Ridgegate Elementary and Blue Ridge Elementary. Aldine ISD schools & offices are closed Friday, due to a major water main break in the Houston area. The Humble ISD closures are Summer Creek High School, Humble Middle School Woodcreek Middle School, Westlake Middle School, Atascocita Springs Elementary School, Eagle Springs Elementary School, Fall Creek Elementary School, Groves Elementary School, Lakeshore Elementary School, North Belt Elementary School, Park Lakes Elementary School, Ridge Creek Elementary School and Whispering Pines Elementary.
See what’s going on around the city as KPRC 2 reporters give latest updates after massive water main break
HOUSTON – KPRC 2 Reporters are in different parts of the city that are affected by the massive water main break. WATCH LIVE: High water covers 610 East Loop and several roads in east Houston after 8-foot water main breaksVIDEOS: See the impact of water main break that flooded east HoustonLIST: Businesses, schools, restaurants closed due to water main break in east HoustonTRAFFIC: Get real-time Houston traffic updatesSee the latest from KPRC 2 reporters below:10 p.m.All water cleared. Partial reopening expected tonight. 6 p.m.Floodwaters receding in east HoustonResidents rescued from homes, vehiclesBusinesses shut down in the Montrose areaThird Ward residents deal with little-to-no water pressureHouston Rodeo cook-off go on as planned4 p.m.Water continues to flow out of broken water mainWoman rescued from home says no one answered 911 when she called for helpMontrose area residents rush to stores to buy water after water main breakWater main break affects Third Ward, University of HoustonIs Houston Rodeo affected by the water main break?
PHOTOS: 31 images you have to see from Thursday’s water main break that flooded east Houston
Several roads and a freeway in east Houston are experiencing massive flooding after water main break on Thursday afternoon, according to the city of Houston. HOUSTON – A water main break in east Houston flooded the Interstate 610 East Loop Thursday and several roads in the Clinton Park neighborhood. The break also prompted some schools to cancel classes and some businesses were forced to close. At least three people had to be rescued from the roofs of their vehicles. You can read more about the break and it’s aftermath here.
‘Houston uh...finds a way’: Social media reacts to flood caused by water main break
HOUSTON – Several roads and a freeway in east Houston are experiencing massive flooding after a 96-inch water main break on Thursday afternoon, according to the city of Houston. Here are what some people are saying:How does Houston find a way to flood even when there’s no rain? A water main that supplies 50% of our water? — #BlackBookBloomberg🏳️🌈🌹 (@RealHtownDude) February 27, 2020Heard about a water main break... is Houston pregnant or something? — ed$ (@edendollasign) February 27, 2020This water main break in Houston is crazy #HoustonFlood pic.twitter.com/y8zOQ7Vkz3 — Doctor No Step🖲 (@battedball) February 27, 2020READ MORE: High water covers 610 East Loop and several roads in east Houston after water main breakClear blue skies and Houston still finds a way to flood.
Houston hospitals experiencing water issues, city clinics close Thursday after water main break
HOUSTON – Houston-area hospitals are experiencing water pressure issues after a massive water main break in east Houston Thursday afternoon. Memorial Hermann“Hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and TIRR Memorial Hermann, are currently experiencing water issues due to the City of Houston water main break,” officials wrote. Texas Medical Center“The Texas Medical Center is partially impacted yet fully operational,” officials wrote. Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Texas Children’s Urgent Care: Texas Children’s Pediatrics is open and operational. The two locations affected include Lyons clinic located at 3811 Lyons Ave and Santa Clara clinic at 5616 Lawndale St.RELATED STORIESHigh water covers 610 East Loop and several roads in east Houston after 8-foot water main breaksSee what’s going on around the city as KPRC 2 reporters give latest updates after massive water main breakLIST: HISD cancels classes Friday; other businesses, restaurants closed due to water main break in east HoustonThese videos show the impact of water main break that flooded east HoustonPHOTOS: High water takes over east Houston neighborhood, roads after water main breakGet real-time Houston traffic updates
These videos show the impact of water main break that flooded east Houston
HOUSTON – A massive water main that broke Thursday poured floodwaters into an east Houston neighborhood and onto a heavily traveled nearby freeway. The 96-inch line ruptured near the Interstate 610 East Loop at Clinton Drive. The water flowed down Clinton Drive and onto the East Loop, bringing traffic to a halt. Here are some videos that show the impact of the water main break and the subsequent flooding. 3 rescued from carsTraffic snarled on East LoopCars abandoned in East Loop floodwatersWater pours from ruptured water main in east Houston