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AlertHouston Update: Flooding continues West Fork of the San Jacinto Near Kingwood

The National Weather Service says that major flooding is continuing in the Kingwood area following heavy rain in the watershed of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River.  Based on current projections, water should drop below major flood stage in the early morning hours Wednesday.  The river should return within its banks by Friday night.

Residents in the affected subdivisions may not be able to leave until the river recedes.  If you are stranded in your home and require evacuation, please call 911.

Residents in the affected neighborhoods should avoid driving or walking through high water, and be prepared to seek high ground if water rises.

Additional rainfall is expected this week, which may or may not affect the river levels – so residents should be vigilant of changing conditions.

What to Do

Monitor river conditions with the Harris County Flood Warning System and the National Weather Service West Gulf River Forecast Center and listen for official information on local media.

If you have flooding in your street, home or business, or have debris on City roadways, please report it by calling 311 or by visiting houston311.org. This helps the City assess the level of damage and will help us know where to dispatch crews to begin the cleanup.

Cleaning Up

Residents who sustained damage to their home from flood water should take immediate action to prevent health-related effects from flooding.

1) Document any and all damage with a camera prior to starting work.  This will help with insurance and assistance claims

2) Contact your flood insurance company right away to file a claim.

3) Immediately remove any soiled furniture, bedding, clothes, carpet, drywall and insulation

4) Be sure to remove drywall an insulation that is 12 inches above the highest water line.

Additional safety tips are available from the “After the Flood” publication produced by the City of Houston. This is available at houstonrecovers.org

Any bedding, sofas, carpet and other porous housing items cannot be saved and should be discarded.

FEMA & Shelters

There is currently no FEMA assistance available for residents affected by this flood.  Until the President declares a disaster, FEMA individual assistance will not be available.  If you suffered damage from the April 17th flood, please visithoustonrecovers.org for information on how to register for FEMA Assistance.

The American Red Cross has opened shelters throughout the greater Houston area for those displaced by flooding.  You can call (713) 526-8300 or visit redcross.org to find the nearest shelter.

Residents are urged to pay attention to local media and visit houstontx.gov/emergency for updated information.

For updates on this situation, visit the City of Houston Emergency Information Site at houstontx.gov/emergency.