HOUSTON Most of the rain the Houston area was seeing started to end Friday evening and Flash Flood Warnings for Harris and Montgomery counties were allowed to expire.

Heavy afternoon downpours caused street flooding in many areas of Houston where up to 6 inches of rain had fallen by Friday evening. Sugar Land saw a little over 6 inches of rain, Midtown saw 4.5 inches, Pearland got 4.56 and the Heights received 5.19.

Many Houston bayous and creeks flooded out of their banks Friday and included: Greens Bayou at Tidwell, Cypress Creek at Cypresswood, Chigger Creek in Friendswood, Hunting Bayou at Lockwood, Garner s Bayou at Beltway 8 and S. Mayde Creek at Greenhouse. Clear Creek spilled onto Interstate 45 at FM 528 and Halls Bayou flooded at I-45 at Airline.

Other problem areas included Buffalo Bayou downtown near the Spaghetti Warehouse and White Oak Bayou at Heights Blvd.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker advised Houstonians to stay off the roads if possible until the weather settled down.

We have heavy, localized flooding in many areas of Houston, she said.

In Brazoria County the San Bernard River was expected to rise to a record level of 23.9 feet Friday evening. Brazoria County had seen six to ten inches of rain as of Friday afternoon.

The rain was being fueled in part by former Hurricane Alex, Norman said.

But there was some good news that came out of the situation.

Thanks to Alex we have almost completely wiped out our rain deficit at Bush Intercontinental Airport, Mario Gomez said.

Norman said the rain is going to stick around through the beginning of the holiday weekend.

The good news is that we may see less of the flooding type rains and more of the scattered showers and thunderstorms as we work our way into the weekend, Norman said. Tropical moisture continues to pour in from the Gulf of Mexico.

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