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Water Rescues Continue In Northern Harris County Along Cypress Creek

Water rescues continued this morning in Houston after Monday’s historic flooding.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available. 

Updated at 3 p.m.

Active search and rescue operations are underway in the city of Houston and Harris County.

One situation that is complicating matters is that multiple apartment complexes have flooded, which means rescue workers are charged with getting hundreds and sometimes thousands of people out of those locations.

Houston mayor Sylvester Turner says about a dozen shelters are open across the city to house those displaced residents.

Turner says some of the apartments may have to meet higher standards for flood plains and repairs than when they were originally built. He adds that could further delay the process of getting people back into their homes.

As for ongoing flooding, Kim Jackson with the Harris County Flood Control District says the area of most concern is in the northwest part of the county.

“Particularly at Cypress Creek Watershed as well as the Addicks Reservoir and all of the creeks that run into that, which is South Mayde, Bear Creek, Horsepen, and Langham creek,” says Jackson. “Those creeks are all still very high, the reason being because it’s very flat in that area it takes a long time for the storm water to get to the creeks.”

Although the rain has let up Jackson says areas that already experienced flooding could see another round of high water:

“There’s water coming from all over. It’s taken some time to get to the creek. So, say a subdivision that’s in one area a little bit closer to the creek, the waters went down fairly quickly, drained out, and then six hours later, they get another rise. It’s because water is coming from upstream and then it’s backing up. The creek gets high and it backs up into those subdivisions again. I know it’s very disconcerting and confusing for residents.”  

A flood warning for Houston has been extended to 9:15 Tuesday night as water drains through the region’s bayou system.

 

From 9:40 a.m.

Water rescues continued this morning in the Cypress Creek watershed between 249 and 290.

Jeff Lindner is a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District. He says runoff water came up overnight, and surprised a lot of residents.

“We’re having that water come down from upstream all the way from Waller County, where they had that 17-18 inches yesterday, so that’s just now reaching 290 and 249,” Lindner said. “Unlike our bayous, like Brays Bayou and White Oak Bayou, which drain out very quickly, they are urban, so they dry out very quickly, Cypress Creek drains a lot slower, it’s more rural, so water is able to pond and focus into that channel over a period of time. For people downstream 249, east of 249 all the way to I-45 that could get up to a foot, you could see that get into some homes where it is really close right now.” 

And that’s what officials are watching — the water that has saturated northern Harris County has to run off into the bayous and in some cases, the streets, as it makes its way to Galveston Bay, eventually.

“Really we are looking at the recession starting this afternoon, from upstream to downstream, so starting at 290 and then moving down to I-45 on Cypress Creek,” Lindner said. “There is a lot of water to drain and so the recession going to be very slow. I wouldn’t expect that we would get the water back in its banks until sometime tomorrow. Hopefully we can get it out of some homes later today or tonight.” 

Runoff water came up overnight, and surprised a lot of residents this morning.

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