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Flash Flood Watch in Effect for Harris County (Update)

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August 14, 2016

Flash Flood Watch Extended Through Tomorrow

What is the danger?

The National Weather Service (NWS) has extended the Flash Flood Watch for Harris County until 7 a.m. Monday. Up to three inches of rain could fall in some places and cause localised street flooding especially in areas where the ground is already saturated. Up to nine and a half inches of rain fell in northwest Harris County today.

Heavy rainfall could affect the morning commute, so allow for extra time and always be aware that the weather can change quickly. Thunderstorms will continue into next week.


What you should do:

Residents are encouraged to monitor local media and the NWS for the latest weather forecasts. Various watches and warnings may be issued throughout the week.

In the event of heavy rainfall and lightning seek shelter indoors. Remember: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Also, always stay clear of flooded roads, Turn Around Don’t Drown.


Basic Flood Safety Tips

Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ® DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES! Just 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

DO NOT WALK through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. 

If your home floods, STAY THERE. You are safer at home than trying to navigate flooded streets on foot.

If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is NOT MOVING, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter MOVING water.

STAY AWAY from streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

MOVE important items – especially important documents like insurance policies - to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.

DISCONNECT electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.

Where you can learn more:

Forecasts: National Weather Service
Preparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.org
Local Traffic: Houston TranStar
Rainfall Totals: www.harriscountyfws.org
Turn Around, Don't Drown: www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/threatawareness/tadd

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