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Officials Anticipate Southeastern Harris County Could Get The Most Rain This Week

Residents can monitor rainfall and bayou levels online through the Regional Flood Warning System

Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District, says the county could get two to four inches of rain starting late Thursday.
Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District, says the county could get two to four inches of rain starting late Thursday.

Harris County officials are urging residents to monitor the weather because of the system that’s moving into the Gulf of Mexico and to use extreme caution if they venture out into rainy conditions.

As of Wednesday morning, bayous, creeks and tributaries were expected to remain within banks. However, roadways and streets may become impassable, according to the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD).

HCFCD meteorologist Jeff Lindner said rainfall is expected to be the greatest impact the system will cause. “We’re looking anywhere from two to four inches of rain starting late Thursday and then going through Saturday. We could have isolated higher amounts,” Lindner noted.

He added that heavy rain could fall south of I-10 and, because a lot of rain has fallen this week in the southeastern part of Harris County, the concern is that “if we get that rainfall overt those areas that already had a lot of rain, it could lead to some flooding.”

“But, as you go north of I-10, it’s actually fairly dry, we haven’t seen as much rain the last couple of weeks,” Lindner added “so, those areas would be able to handle this potential rainfall better.”

The Harris County Flood Control District’s Flood Watch team will monitor rainfall trends and check the gages that measure rainfall amounts and water levels in bayous and creeks.

Residents can monitor rainfall and bayou water levels on the website for the county’s Regional Flood Warning System at www.harriscountyfws.org.

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