Flooding reported in Brazoria County after nearly a foot of rain


by khou.com staff


Posted on June 30, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 3:48 PM

HOUSTON—A Flash Flood Warning was issued for Brazoria County effective until 2:45 a.m Friday.

The National Weather Service said there were reports of flooding near West Columbia. 11 News Chief Meteorologist Gene Norman said over 5 inches of rain had fallen in that area by Thursday afternoon.

The flooding caused some of Highway 35 around West Columbia to close. Many roads in Sweeny also flooded.

A Flood Watch is in effect for 11 area counties, effective until noon Friday.

Those counties included Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Matagorda, Waller and Wharton.

Calhoun County was under a Flood Watch until 10 p.m. Friday.

Norman said the rain will likely keep falling into Friday morning.

"An additional 2- to 4-inch rainfall is possible, which could cause high water on roads and in low-lying areas," he said.

Drivers were urged to use caution and—as always—not to try to drive through any high water they might come across on the roads.

There was also a Coastal Flood Warning in effect. Coastal residents could see some of the low spots inundated with water – especially at times of high tide.

As for the weekend, Norman said the chance for rain Friday sits at 100 percent. 

After that, it looks a lot better.  On Saturday, we’ll have a 50-percent chance for rain, and on Sunday that chance will drop to 40 percent—just in time for those 4th of July fireworks!