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Cleanup Continues Across Greater Houston After Weekend Floods

Cleanup efforts continue across Greater Houston after this weekend’s heavy rain and flooding.

High water floods Fleming Drive in east Houston after torrential rains on Saturday.
High water floods Fleming Drive in east Houston after torrential rains on Saturday.

East and northeast Harris County were especially hard hit with some neighborhoods seeing as much as 13 inches of rainfall. The National Weather Service also confirmed six tornadoes across region, including one in La Porte.

Francisco Sanchez with Harris County’s Office of Emergency Management says crews are still surveying affected areas. He says the storms caused millions of dollars in property damage, and more rain is expected this week.

“Now that the grounds are saturated, any significant amount of rainfall is going to cause quick rises to the bayous and for any high-water locations on our roadways to form,” Sanchez says.

Sanchez says two deaths have been confirmed as a result of the severe weather, but no one is reported missing.

In Meyerland, residents say the damage was nowhere near as bad as what they saw over Memorial Day. Doctor Chiranjeevi Tummala has a dental office near Brays Bayou.

“I kind of got scared that it got flooded again, my office,” Tummala says. “I didn’t really want to face it, but then when I got here there was no water.”

The downpours also caused untreated wastewater to spill out onto the street. But city officials say cleanup is complete, and there’s no threat to drinking water.

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