UPDATE: Heavy Rain Causes Street Flooding And Stranded Motorists In Houston

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett note there was no structural flooding


Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner informed Wednesday the heavy rain that fell on the city caused street flooding and stranded motorists, but there was no structural flooding.

Turner explained during a press conference that City officials were expecting between 2 and 3 inches of rain, but some areas received even between 6 and 8 inches, for instance areas near sections of I-10 and the 610 Loop.

The Mayor detailed the heavy rain caused a sinkhole in the Wilcrest Road area and added that the Houston fire and police departments received hundreds of calls from stranded motorists.

Turner underscored the City had 12 high water vehicles and over 30 boats ready in case they needed to be deployed, although he added officials expected the rain to taper off as the day progressed. The Mayor also noted the bayous were carrying the rain water effectively.

The precipitation, nonetheless, caused significant hurdles for Houstonians with sections of freeways such as Highway 288 and I-10 and underpasses in impassable conditions.

At the county level, the Harris County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) monitored the weather conditions along with the Harris County Flood Control District.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett told Houston Public Media around 4 p.m. that the freeways were open again and added the bayous had stayed within their banks, although the White Oak Bayou had been at a certain risk of cresting.

Emmett confirmed that in some parts of the county the rain amounted to 6 and 8 inches but, like Mayor Turner, noted there was no structural flooding.

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