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Harris County Sheriff’s Office Continues Search And Rescue Of Houston Area Residents

Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies are on patrol this morning in areas of Spring and Cypress where residents evacuated due to rising flood waters.

  • Rescue operation in Spring area, afternoon Tuesday April 19, 2016.
    Rescue operation in Spring area, afternoon Tuesday April 19, 2016.
  • Sheriff Hickman on boat rescue, afternoon Tuesday April 19, 2016.
    Sheriff Hickman on boat rescue, afternoon Tuesday April 19, 2016.
  • Search and rescue in Cypress Creek area
    Search and rescue in Cypress Creek area
  • Search and rescue in Cypress Creek area
    Search and rescue in Cypress Creek area
  • Search and rescue in Cypress Creek area4 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz)
    Search and rescue in Cypress Creek area4 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz)
  • Search and rescue in Cypress Creek area2 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz)
    Search and rescue in Cypress Creek area2 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz)

Cypress Creek remains about three-feet above flood stage this morning.

The good news is that its beginning to drop from a high of five-feet above flood stage on Tuesday. Cypress Creek overflowed its banks Tuesday, sending water into hundreds of homes and businesses.

Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies were on patrol Tuesday morning in areas of Spring and Cypress, where residents evacuated due to rising flood waters.

They plan to be back in flooded neighborhoods in Spring and Cypress at daybreak Wednesday.

"7:30 or 8:00 o'clock. First light get there and then get everybody in. As soon as they can get the boats in the water. The airboats don't need much water to get in and start it out from then," explains Deputy Thomas Gilliland.

They will be looking for residents who were stranded when Cypress Creek overflowed its banks

"We have perimeters set up. No one will be allowed to come in here once the rescues have stopped," Gilliland explains. "Citizens can feel assured that we have deputies that are holding down both areas, along with the Constables Office Precinct 4."

The Cypress Creek watershed received a record amount of rainfall – up to twenty-inches in some places – Sunday and Monday.

And it will be at least a couple more days for the water to drain.

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