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In anticipation of a weekend weather system that has the potential to cause flooding, the City of Houston is pre-deploying street barricades and accelerating storm debris collection to remove potential drainage impediments from the streets. The Houston metropolitan area is under a flash flood watch through Sunday morning. The forecast calls for strong storms with two to three inches of rain and the potential for street and bayou flooding late today and into tomorrow.
“City emergency operations personnel are keeping a close watch on the approaching weather,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “We hope this is nothing more than some strong storms that our systems can handle but there is some indication that it could be something more severe. We are getting ready just in case and want Houstonians to also be prepared. Don’t become the next flood related fatality. Turn around, don’t drown!”
The Houston Fire Department (HFD) is pre-staging high-water rescue vehicles, evacuation and rescue boats throughout the city. The Houston Police Department and Department of Public Works and Engineering will be monitoring conditions overnight and will be prepared to deploy high water rescue vehicles to assist, if conditions warrant.
Pre-positioned barricades are being placed at the following 38 locations known to experience high water during heavy rain:
Houstonians should monitor local television, radio and social media for weather information. The City of Houston Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) will move to Level III (Increased Readiness) at 4:00pm today and will remain activated in support of public safety operations as needed. The EOC will post updates to houstontx.gov/emergency as this event progresses.