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Heavy Rains Have Neighbors Near White Oak Bayou Concerned

High water backed up traffic on both freeways and local streets.

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  • White Oak Bayou at Studemont.
    White Oak Bayou at Studemont.
  • Street flooding at Quitman and White Oak Drive.
    Street flooding at Quitman and White Oak Drive.
  • High water in January 2017 forced traffic to one lane on I-45 near Main Street.  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media  )
    High water in January 2017 forced traffic to one lane on I-45 near Main Street. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media )
  • Houston Fire Department prepares for high-water rescues near White Oak Bayou.
    Houston Fire Department prepares for high-water rescues near White Oak Bayou.
  • City of Houston works to unclog drains at White Oak Drive and Quitman Street.   (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    City of Houston works to unclog drains at White Oak Drive and Quitman Street. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)

Storm drains were working overtime on Houston's northside after those heavy rains came through. There was also concern after White Oak Bayou started to leave its banks at the edge of Woodland Heights.

We met neighbor Elizabeth Salazar as she checked out the flooding at Stude Park, not far from I-10. She said it could have been a lot worse.

"There's been other cases that it's been really, really flooded," says Salazar. "Like all the way close to the houses."

But Salazar says when those heavy rains come in the wee hours of the morning you never know what's going to happen.

"Oh it's scary, because you're going to come outside and your front porch is going to be flooded," adds Salazar. "So how are you going to go to work, to school?"

Also affecting the neighborhood was flooding on I-45, which brought heavier than usual traffic onto local streets.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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