Severe Weather Expected Over The Next Few Days.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch beginning at 1 a.m. Friday and continuing into Friday afternoon.
The Harris County Flood Control District's Flood Watch team will be monitoring rainfall trends resulting from forecasted thunderstorms Thursday through Saturday. The team is checking the gages that measure rainfall amounts and water levels in bayous and creeks and will continue to do so over the next several days.
With heavy rainfall comes the threat of flooding, so it is important for Harris County residents to be aware of conditions near their workplaces, schools and homes. The Flood Control District urges all residents to monitor rainfall and bayou water levels on its Flood Warning System website at www.harriscountyfws.org. The District’s Flood Watch team constantly monitors the data and works during severe weather events to advise the public and local officials of areas that are and could be affected by flooding.
With the severe weather headed towards Houston please keep these tips in mind.
- Secure valuables and important documents.
- Avoid driving, if possible. If you must venture out, avoid driving into water of unknown depth. Moving water can quickly sweep you and your vehicle away.
- Restrict children from playing in flooded areas.
- Remain in your home during the storm unless instructed to evacuate by local officials.
- Have a flood insurance policy. For information on flood insurance, visit the National Flood Insurance Program website at http://www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531.
- Know your home’s risk of flooding. You can view a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM or floodplain map) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Map Service Center (http://www.msc.fema.gov), or refer to the Flood Control District website at http://www.hcfcd.org.