Texas Floods – 7 Deaths Confirmed in Houston Area, Flood Warnings Remain

Authorities in Houston, Texas, have confirmed that 7 people have now died in flood-related incidents since the flooding struck on Monday 18 April.

Water levels at some sites are already receding and the clean up has begun. However, the flood threat continues for some locations across the city, where in some cases, levels were expected to peak overnight, 19 to 20 April.

The National Weather Service has extended the Areal Flood Warning for Houston until 9:15 am local time, Wednesday, 20 April.

Office of Emergency Management Houston said:

“because water needs to drain through the bayou system, residents may see an increase in flooding, without additional rainfall. If travel is necessary during this time, please be cautious, especially during the overnight hours.”

A flood warning has also been issued for the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, near Humble, until later this week. At 8.45pm local time Tuesday, the river was at 56.1 ft.  Flood stage is 49.3 ft. Major flooding is occurring and is expected to occur for several days.

Seven Fatalities

By around midday yesterday, 19 April, six people had died as a result of the flooding or flood-related incidents. All six victims were found in their vehicles in flooded roadways or high water.

Late last night Houston Police Department confirmed a seventh fatality at the Westpark Tollway and Post Oak, near the Galleria area.

Four of the deaths occurred in the City of Houston, two in unincorporated Harris County, and one in Waller County.

Flood Recovery

The City’s Office of Emergency Management remains on Level II status to begin putting together recovery plans for the affected areas.

Flood recovery informational meetings have been scheduled in three of the neighbourhoods hardest hit by Monday’s floods. Mayor Turner, mayor’s office staff and City Department heads will be in attendance to provide information and instruction on how to go about documenting flood damage and answers questions about the next steps.

Affected residents across the Houston Metro area are urged to report flood damage. This will help the City prepare a formal assessment of the total number of affected structures, which is required to qualify for federal recovery assistance.

More information about the recovery effort is available at www.houstonrecovers.org.

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston helicopter aircrew looks out from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter while conducting an overflight assessment and search for anyone in distress after recent flooding in southeast Texas, April 19, 2016. A Coast Guard Station Houston 29-foot response boat crew, along with two boat crews from the Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Galveston set up post in Humble, Texas in order to assist the local Emergency Operating Center response effort. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Nease.
A Coast Guard Air Station Houston helicopter aircrew looks out from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter while conducting an overflight assessment and search for anyone in distress after recent flooding in southeast Texas, April 19, 2016. A Coast Guard Station Houston 29-foot response boat crew, along with two boat crews from the Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Galveston set up post in Humble, Texas in order to assist the local Emergency Operating Center response effort. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Nease.
A Coast Guard Air Station Houston helicopter aircrew looks out from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter while conducting an overflight assessment and search for anyone in distress after recent flooding in southeast Texas, April 19, 2016. A Coast Guard Station Houston 29-foot response boat crew, along with two boat crews from the Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Galveston set up post in Humble, Texas in order to assist the local Emergency Operating Center response effort. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Nease.
A Coast Guard Air Station Houston helicopter aircrew looks out from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter while conducting an overflight assessment and search for anyone in distress after recent flooding in southeast Texas, April 19, 2016. A Coast Guard Station Houston 29-foot response boat crew, along with two boat crews from the Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Galveston set up post in Humble, Texas in order to assist the local Emergency Operating Center response effort. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Nease.

Flood Summary

Last updated: July 15, 2016
Event
Houston, Texas, USA, April 2016
Date
April 17 to April 24, 2016
Type
Flash flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
US president has declared a major disaster for Fayette, Grimes, Harris, and Parker counties in Texas after the "Tax Day Flood" of 18 April, 2016.

Locations

Houston

Magnitude

Rainfall level
300 mm in 24 hours
Houston - April 17 to April 18, 2016

Damages

Buildings damaged
7,000
Harris County and Houston Metro Area
Fatalities
8 people
Houston Metro Area - April 17 to April 24, 2016