Wednesday Weather Updates And Closures; Houston Area Under Flash Flood Watch

Some parts of the Houston area could receive up to 2-to-4 inches of rain, with even heavier amounts possible from slow-moving storms.


This story will continue to be updated throughout the day as information becomes available.


Creeks, Bayous and Rivers Updates

Major flooding is still occurring along creeks and rivers in North Harris County.

Cypress Creek is still out of its banks in Hockley, Cypress, Spring and at the Montgomery County line near Humble, according to NOAA.

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Further north, Spring Creek is causing major flooding just south of The Woodlands.

To the east, the San Jacinto River near Humble and also south of Lake Houston near Sheldon is over its banks.

Other areas of concern include the Brazos River in Richmond and further south in Rosharon.

Officials say it will take days for the creeks and rivers to return to normal levels following the historic rains earlier this week.


Harris County Updates

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett lists some areas that officials will be monitoring closely today, but it's really up to Mother Nature at this point.

"We are going to pay particular attention to underpasses, places that we know are high water areas, try our best to keep people out of those," Emmett explains. "The flood control people are monitoring, but all we can do really is monitor. If you've got a watershed and it's full, there's nothing else you can do. The water's got to go somewhere."

A particular area of concern is the Addicks Reservoir out in West Houston. It's up to near capacity and that has led to some flooding behind it.

"In some areas, it's going to take several days, if not a week or more," Emmett explains. "The Addicks Reservoir is a particular circumstance because the Corp of Engineers is only allowed to release a certain amount of water at a time, because you run the risk of flooding the downstream areas of Buffalo Bayou. Even if we get no more rain, the street flooding behind the Addicks Reservoir is going to be there for quite a while, because we can't release that water. The Corps can't release that water."

County officials are still working to get a federal disaster declaration for Greater Houston. They have confirmed that 744 homes and 400 apartments have been flooded and expect the number to grow to.

Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies are in search and rescue mode again in areas of Spring and Cypress to evacuate stranded residents.



Weather Forecast Watches and Warnings

The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Watch until 7 p.m. Wednesday evening. Some parts of the Houston area could receive up to 2-to-4 inches of rain, with even heavier amounts possible from slow-moving storms. That has officials concerned that it could make things worse in Cypress, Spring and other areas hit hard by the historic flooding across Greater Houston. The ground is saturated, creeks are swollen and there's no more place to put the water and avoid further flooding.

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Areal Flood Warning

An Areal Flood Warning has been extended to 9:15 a.m. this morning. This mostly affects homes and businesses near bayous in Harris, Montgomery, Waller, and Fort Bend Counties. Those bayous and creeks are still handling massive amounts of water that continue to drain from Monday's storm.

And the National Weather Service has extended an Flood Warning for the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, near Humble, until late Sunday night, or until further notice.

Flood Warning for the West Fork of the San Jacinto River

As of last night, the river was about 7 feet above flood stage, and the Houston City Office of Emergency Management says major flooding along the West Fork of the San Jacinto River is expected to continue for the next several days.


School Openings and Closings

Students in the Houston Independent School District return to classes this morning. Make-up days have been set for May 26 and May 27.

Other school districts that are also open so far this morning are Spring Branch ISD; Conroe ISD; and Fort Bend ISD. The University of Houston campuses are also open.

But some students across Greater Houston will get at least one more day off. The Tomball, Klein and Spring school districts will all remain closed today. Lone Star College has also canceled classes.

For a complete list of closures, click here.


Other Area Openings and Closings

If you have a jury summons for today, you must appear. Harris County District and county courts will be open. People summoned for jury service should report at their scheduled time.

Montgomery County officials are also working to get a federal disaster declaration for the area. They too are asking residents to report damage.

If you live in Fort Bend County, here’s where to go to report damage.

Area shelter and volunteer information can be found here.


Transportation Updates

Houston Metro says the 217 Cypress Park and Ride will remain closed today. But the 214 (Northwest Station) and 216 (West Little York) are operating normally.

TranStar is reporting 33 high water

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