Houston issues first-ever flash flood emergency, METRO suspends services

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HOUSTON, TX – Harris County emergency managers are urging residents to stay off the roads after severe thunderstorms dropped inches of rain overnight, causing significant and dangerous flooding throughout the city.

Most freeways – including I-10 Katy, 45 North, West Sam Houston Tollway and the West Loop – are closed after becoming submerged by several feet of water. In some cases, vehicles are stuck and abandoned. For a comprehensive list of closures, click here.

METRO announced just after 4 a.m. that it has suspended all bus and rail services this morning until the weather conditions improve.

The Harris Co. Flood Control district manager estimates hundreds of homes have been flooded after waterways broke their banks. If your home is one of those, please remember to report it.

Water levels are expected to rise until roughly 8 a.m. when they’re predicted to crest.