Morning Storms Cause Headaches for Houston Residents

For many Houston area residents, today was anything but normal. Heavy rain and flooding caused lots of school closings and the TAKS test to be postponed. There were also people who couldn’t get to work on time due to highway and street closures. Bill Stamps has more.

(Sounds of slushing water) 

Depending on where you live, you may have had to wade through water just to get to your car.

(Sounds of cars driving through flooded streets)

And if you made it to your car, you may have found yourself driving through flooded streets. Some areas were so bad, they had to be closed off to drivers.

(sounds of cars)

Melvin Williams and his daughter found themselves sightseeing at a low lying area where the Katy Freeway and Beltway 8 intersect. They’ve lived in Houston for years but couldn’t believe what they were seeing. The water there in front of Houston Community college looked like a lake. And down the road you could see an abandoned car partially submerged.

“My little girl goes to school here. They canceled her early morning classes. I wasn’t going to try and bring her because the water was so deep.”

image of Houston highways floodingMost longtime Houston area residents have seen days like this before. Jasper Frontiere lives in the Spring Meadows subdivision in west Harris County. He was outside his home walking in knee deep water like it was just another day.

“It’s done this about 3 or 4 times. It’s worse since they put in clay road. You know, but I guess, it’s expected, I guess.”

(sounds scraping)

One street over, Don Sheen was busy cleaning up the mess left by water that had risen up to his front yard.

“When you have pouring rain and heavy rain this is typical. But in my area, I’m not worried about flooding.”

After 15 years, Don says he used to minor flooding. The water eventually drains and things return to normal.

Bill Stamps KUHF Houston Public Radio News.