Deluge Strands Motorists Across Houston Area

The torrential rains affected major roadways into Houston. Many motorists drove into high water areas, and it left their vehicles stalled.

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Flooded conditions at SW Freeway outbound feeder before Kirkwood. Credit: Patrick Hernandez


Motorists in southwest Houston took their chances trying to go to work Tuesday morning.

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Many thought real hard about following other motorists and driving through some high water at the SW Freeway inbound feeder road near the Beltway.

Patrick Foday said he pulled an all-nighter and was trying to get home when his car stalled.

“The water is just too high to get off this exit. All these cars have been stuck here over three hours. I just came from work. I worked last night,” he said explained.

The situation was the same on both sides of the Southwest Freeway, with flooded conditions that left vehicles littered on feeder roads. Some motorists were rescued by Good Samaritans.

 In the Texas Medical Center on Main Street over Brays Bayou, high water slapped underneath the bridge. It caught Alana Young by surprise.

“I’ve never seen it like this; it’s really interesting to watch. It’s like a raging river with white caps,” said Young.

Young said she came to Houston right after Hurricane Katrina.

“I mean, I’m kind of used to flooding, but it doesn’t flood here like it did in New Orleans,” said Young. 

Houston Emergency Management Officials said virtually every part of the city was affected by floodwaters, most notably central and southwest Houston.

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