Houston, Harris County, Texas Experience Flash Flooding

Heavy rains began Sunday night, April 17, 2016, causing flash flooding in low-lying areas of Houston and Harris County, Texas. On its emergency website, the City of Houston advised avoiding travel at all costs on Monday, April 18, 2016, in a “life-threatening emergency” situation.

Both Houston and Galveston are being deluged with water, the result of rains measuring 8 inches or more in the last 24 hours as measured at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport ending at 7 a.m. Monday. An additional one to three inches of rain fell after 7 a.m., with more rain expected over the next few days, according to forecasters at the Houston-Galveston National Weather Service office.

Schools and offices were closed in Houston on April 18, with more than one million students getting an extended weekend due to the rains and resulting flooding. Forty school districts in Harris County were closed on Monday, as well as the University of Houston and Rice University.

Messages this morning from the same office reported, “Numerous roadways across the southern suburbs of Houston down towards (and including) Galveston Island are currently experiencing flooding. The best advice to anyone along and south of Interstate 10 corridor who is considering travel is to stay put and do not to attempt to travel for the next couple of hours.”

Sylvester Turner, mayor of Houston, reported a possible storm-related death at 1 p.m. Monday when a body was found inside a submerged car. A positive identification has not been made, but authorities believe the body to be that of a contractor working for Houston’s airport system.

Harris County, Texas, and Houston specifically have been hardest hit with heavy downpours and flash flooding, while other areas of Texas are also experiencing weather-related issues including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio. Each of these areas, including Harris County, is under flash-flood warnings through at least the morning of Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

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