What is the danger?
Storms bringing 2-4 inches of rainfall to all of Southeast Texas are moving into Harris County beginning as early as this evening.
Along with high winds and frequent lightning, some areas could receive more than 6 inches of rain through Friday night. If this occurs in areas where grounds and waterways are saturated, potentially devastating flooding is possible.
What you need to do:
Residents are encouraged to closely follow weather forecasts from the National Weather Service and local media.
Numerous watches and warnings are likely and residents should obey all public safety instructions. In addition, if roadways, underpasses, and intersections do begin to flood, DO NOT DRIVE INTO FLOOD WATER! Additional flood safety tips are shown below and at http://www.readyharris.org.
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Basic Flood Safety Tips:
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ® DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES! This can lead to DEATH! Just 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
- DO NOT WALK through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down.
- If your home floods, STAY THERE. You are safer at home than trying to navigate flooded streets on foot.
- If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is NOT MOVING, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter MOVING water.
- STAY AWAY from streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
- MOVE important items – especially important documents like insurance policies – to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
- DISCONNECT electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
Where you can learn more:
- Forecasts: National Weather Service
- Preparedness & Emergency Information: www.readyharris.org
- Local Traffic: Houston TranStar
- Rainfall Totals: www.harriscountyfws.org
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown: www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/
For more information visit the Regional Joint Information Center website at www.readyharris.org
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