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Will Greater Houston Get More Flooding This Week?

It’s going to be a wet week as bayous are still elevated and the ground saturated a month after the Tax Day floods.

Emergency management officials in the region are monitoring the weather and bracing for possible flooding, damaging winds and hail.

“We’ll have periods of rain and thunderstorms and then breaks between,” National Weather Service forecaster Dan Reilly said. “So, it’s not going to be raining the whole time but we certainly will have rounds of thunderstorms right through Friday.”

He said those rains are moving in from the southwest. Corpus Christi experienced some heavy flooding Sunday night.

Francisco Sanchez with the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said the ground and bayous are still saturated from the historical floods last month – and so it doesn’t take a heavy downpour to cause more flooding.

“It becomes a little difficult when, as we get later in the week, it’s going to take less and less rain to actually cause these problems to get worse,” Sanchez said. “So we’re keeping an eye on that.”

In Galveston County, officials are also monitoring the weather but emergency management coordinator Garret Foskit said they are not too concerned about this week.

Meanwhile, the American Red Cross is ready for more flooding in Greater Houston.

“We’re meeting with community partners and we are putting shelters on standby,” MaryJane Mudd with the Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region said. “In the case that if there is a need, if people do leave their homes based on flood damage or having to evacuate, that we can then reach out to those partners and open those shelters.”

Officials advise residents to check weather and traffic conditions before they leave their homes this week.

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