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Houston Emerges From Rainy Weekend With No Major Problems

Local officials say there were no major problems, mainly because people heeded warnings to stay off the roads.


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Barricades at high water location in Houston's Heights neighborhood
High water on Stude Street near White Oak Bayou in the Heights.

After the devastating rains that swamped the region on Memorial Day, emergency officials started planning early as the remains of Hurricane Patricia headed toward Texas.

Francisco Sanchez with Harris County Emergency Management says despite warnings to stay home, there was a period of about a hour when the roads got dangerous after the rain falling Saturday evening.

High water on White Oak Bayou at Studemont Street
Heavy rains send a torrent of water under the Studemont St. bridge at White Oak Bayou.

“The toll road, for example, had 13 accidents reported with single vehicles involved, which means they were overcorrecting or driving through high water,” says Sanchez. “So that’s an example of why we ask people to take precautions when we get weather like this.”

But Sanchez says the amount of flooding didn’t even come close to the Memorial Day event. Instead of one huge downpour, the rain fell over a period of hours and that kept most of the bayous within their banks.

But there was some locally heavy rain not far from downtown. The gauge on Heights Boulevard at White Oak Bayou registered over 10 inches.

Michael Walter is with Houston’s Office of Emergency Management.

“Traditionally we’ve never seen a huge rainfall amount like that fall in that area,” says Walter. “The area that was really the most impacted was the area around Memorial Drive, Allen Parkway, that side of downtown.”

During the entire weekend, the Houston Fire Department says around 25 had to be pulled out of the water. That’s compared to 1,300 vehicles during the Memorial Day flood.

Officials also say there were no reports of water going into homes.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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