Residents displaced, drivers stranded, trees toppled after severe weather passes through Houston area

KPRC 2 Reporters went to the places seeing the worst damage. Here’s what they saw

Spencer hwy and Beltway 8 on May 15
Spencer hwy and Beltway 8 on May 15 (KPRC2)

HOUSTON – Severe weather moved through the Houston area Friday afternoon and evening leaving some flooding and high water in different parts of town.

More severe weather is expected to move into the area in the early hours of Saturday morning.

City and county prepare for weekend’s storms

Harris County is gearing up and activating its high water rescue team to be ready. Starting Friday, county leaders are deploying six of its high water rescue vehicles all over the precinct. They will be staged and ready to go.

The constable said 30 members of Harris County Pct. 1 are certified to perform swift-water rescues. Meanwhile, Pct. 4 has it’s two five-ton trucks, two rescue boats and a Hummer staged throughout their precinct.

Harris County Flood Control District is asking you to be prepared

Harris County officials with the Flood Control District said they’re ready too. They are checking all water gauges and they’re all encouraging the public to prepare for heavy rain as they would for a hurricane as well.

“18 days or so to the start hurricane season ... it’s a good reminder to have flood insurance. 60% of the homes that flood in Harris County are outside the flood plain, so now is a good time to make sure you have the flood insurance and to make sure you haven’t relapsed,” Jeff Lindner, Harris County Flood Control District meterologist, said.

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