Flash flooding has many streets, some homes under water near Houston


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on July 13, 2012 at 6:01 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 13 at 6:01 AM

HOUSTON — Heavy downpours have drenched the Greater Houston area, prompting multiple warnings and watches from the National Weather Service.

A Flash Flood Watch for all of Southeast Texas has been extended until 1 p.m. Friday. Flash flood warnings remain in effect for some areas around bayous and creeks.

Parts of Waller and Montgomery counties have seen eight to 10 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.

Volunteer firefighters used a boat to rescue two women who were stranded when their home flooded in the Montgomery County town of Stagecoach. They climbed up in a tree to escape the rising waters and wait for help.

The Harris County Flood Control said nearly a foot of rain has fallen in the area since Saturday. The heavy rainfall has also caused a few creeks and bayous to swell. Click here for a list of bayous they're keeping a close watch on.

Harris County Office of Emergency Management said their major concern Thursday afternoon was Cypress Creek in northwest Harris County. It was creeping out of its banks near Grant and near Westfield.

KHOU 11 News reporter Tiffany Craig reported parts of Mueschke Road north of 290 were under 3 feet of water. That water is from Little Cypress Creek in northwest Harris County.

Tomball police said they were checking reports of drivers stranded in cars on 249, north of Tomball. Our crews reported over a foot of water on 2920 west of Tomball.

Multiple lightning strikes and street flooding were reported as the storms rolled through.

Lightning was being blamed for a house fire on Biden Oaks Street in northwest Harris County early Thursday. It was not clear if anyone was injured.

In downtown Houston, rising water caused manhole covers to come off drains near the George R. Brown Convention Center.

KHOU 11 News Meteorologist Chita Johnson said the wet weather pattern will remain Friday.

"We could see a repeat performance of Thursday's downpours on Friday morning," she said.

The chance of rain remains 40 to 50-percent through early next week.

Stay tuned to KHOU 11 News and check back with KHOU.com for the latest on the developing weather.