HARRIS COUNTY, Texas— The National Weather Service extended a Flash flood warning for Harris County until 9 p.m. Wednesday as heavy rain pounded the area.
The warning comes as showers and storms associated with an upper disturbance continue to move from east to west towards southeast Texas.
Between 4 and 8 inches of rain has already fallen across much of Houston, with another 1/4 to 1 inch of rain forecast Wednesday afternoon. Low lying areas will continue to experience flooding.
The potential for locally heavy rainfall and isolated minor flooding issues is expected. Drivers who encounter high water on roads should not attempt to pass through it, officials said.
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— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) July 4, 2018
— TxDOT- HOU District (@TxDOTHoustonPIO) July 4, 2018
Houston residents are reminded to:
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown.® – Do not drive through flooded areas. If you come upon a flooded roadway, do not enter it. turn around. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation where your vehicle is taking on water, get out, get to a higher place and call 911.
- Monitor official sources for current conditions, such as:
- Monitor stream, bayou, and creek conditions – Rain may move repeatedly across the same area, causing a rise on creeks and bayous. Creeks and bayous may exceed their banks. Stay informed about conditions, and avoid traveling near creeks or bayous.
- Avoid traveling during periods of heavy rain. Rain can keep you from seeing the road ahead of you, and can result in dangerous accidents.
flood situation is developing. Heavyvrainfall not moving much. Additional rainfall and already high bayius and creeks May result in some going overbanks…Willow Waterhole likely to reach bankfull in Westbury. Do NOT travel #houwx #hounews pic.twitter.com/uCui23ylUn
— Jeff Lindner (@JeffLindner1) July 4, 2018
Houston residents can report storm impacts to the City by calling 3-1-1 (713.837.0311), online at houston311.org, or through the Houston 311 mobile app for smartphones. If you find yourself trapped in rising water, immediately exit your vehicle and seek higher ground.
For road closures and accident locations, click here.
For high water locations, click here.
For rainfall totals in Harris County, click here.
[WATCH: MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER DISCUSSES CITY’S RESPONSE TO FLOODING ACROSS THE HOUSTON AREA]