Houston OEM offers safety tips and resources

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HOUSTON, TX – The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is encouraging Houston residents to take precautions in advance of Tropical Storm Bill’s landfall Tuesday morning.

The Houston area is under an Flash Flood Watch until 6 p.m. Tuesday. TS Bill may cause areas of street flooding and flash flooding throughout Houston, which are not only a nuisance to drivers, but can also be very dangerous.  Houston residents are urged to plan extra time in their commute and to avoid driving through areas of high water.

Residents are asked to report street and building flooding, or places where trees or debris are in city streets to the Houston 311 Help & Information line by calling 311 (or 713.837.0311).  This allows the city to investigate areas of high water and alleviate them if possible by clearing drains, removing debris, as well as assists in identifying areas that need to be temporarily closed for safety reasons.

For updates on the city’s response to severe weather, visit the City of Houston Emergency Information Center or follow OEM on social media (TwitterFacebookNextdoor).

The Houston Airport System (HAS) is asking travelers to check for flight delays by contacting their air carrier before departing for the airport and to plan extra time getting to and from the airports. Information on delays and parking can be found at fly2houston.com.

The Harris Co. Flood Control District expects there will be some homes damaged by floodwaters once this storm moves through. If your home is one of those, please remember to report it. You can also check rain gauge information and bayou levels through the Harris County Flood Control District’s Flood Warning System.

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