Flooding expected along some rivers as rain moves east

HOUSTON – As a line of storms that produced heavy rain across the Houston region moved east Thursday, forecasters warned of the potential for flooding along some rivers in the area.

KPRC2 meteorologist Britta Merwin said that as much as 2 inches of rain fell across Houston, but up to 7 inches of rain fell on some locations north of the city.

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Jeff Linder, a meteorologist at the Harris County Flood Control District, said that creeks and bayous were running high, especially in northwest Harris and Waller counties. No major channel flooding was expected, Linder said.

The West Fork of the San Jacinto River rose out of its banks Thursday morning, and moderate flooding is expected near where U.S. Highway 59 crosses the river near Kingwood, officials said. The main impacts will be street flooding in the subdivisions along the river, officials said.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the West Fork of the San Jacinto River in Harris and Montgomery counties and the Trinity River in Liberty, Polk and San Jacinto counties. A flood warning was also issued for Lake Creek at Sendra Ranch Road and Long King Creek at Livingston.

Merwin said that skies will clear out by Thursday afternoon and abundant sunshine and warm temperatures are expected through Easter weekend.

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