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.
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.
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.
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