Water flowing into neighborhood streets near Addicks Reservoir – Prepare for potential house flooding

addicks and barker reservoirThe Addicks Reservoir at Hwy 6 north of Park Row Drive. - Photo by Tom Corbett

WEST HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy) – Harris County emergency management officials urge residents who live streets immediately adjacent to the Addicks Reservoir (in the areas noted below) to prepare for potential flooding conditions later today. The areas most likely to see street flooding, and potential house flooding, are located on the perimeter of Addicks Reservoir in the Bear Creek Village subdivision just northeast of the State Highway 6/Clay Road intersection; and south of Addicks-Satsuma Road.

The potential exists that the following streets in Bear Creek Village will fill with stormwater and may be impassable in the next few days. Water levels may remain high for days or weeks, depending on additional rainfall and reservoir release rates. (See maps below for street locations):

The streets that are expected to be flooded are the following:

Sandy Hill, Pine Mountain, Lost Spring, Mill Hollow, Sylvan Glen, Hickory Grove, Birch Vale, Aspen Glen, Bear Hill, Regency Villa, Pine Forest, Fox Springs,Pagehurst, Fern Ridge, Pinecliff, Thornbrook, Midridge, Prairie Creek, Four Season

Map below: Bear Creek Village streets near the SH 6/Clay Road intersection at risk of flooding.

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Map below: Bear Creek Village streets near Addicks-Satsuma Road at risk of flooding

flood 2Additional rainfall could cause streets outside of these areas to be affected. Residents are strongly advised to watch for communications released from emergency management officials, and through media reports, for updates as weather conditions are changing. Monitor the water level in Addicks Reservoir on the USGS website.

Residents in those subdivisions, and in other neighborhoods near the perimeter of the Addicks Reservoir, are also urged to prepare in advance by:

  • Securing valuables and important documents and moving them to higher ground.
  • Avoid driving, if possible. If you must venture out, avoid driving into water of unknown depth. Moving water can quickly sweep you and your vehicle away.
  • Restricting children from playing in flooded areas.
  • Remaining in your home during flooding conditions unless instructed to evacuate by local officials.
  • Monitoring rainfall and bayou water levels on its Harris County Regional Flood Warning System website (desktop and mobile versions) at harriscountyfws.org.

The Flood Control District has a “Family Flood Preparedness” center at http://www.hcfcd.org/famfloodprepare.html with helpful, printable resources, including a guide on how to create and implement a FAMILY FLOOD PREPAREDNESS PLAN, a FAMILY EMERGENCY KIT checklist and a “TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN” brochure (developed by the National Weather Service). The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has disaster preparedness resources and the latest information about conditions in Harris County at www.readyharris.org.

REMINDER: When faced with a flooding situation: STAY PUT wherever you are, unless your life is threatened or you are ordered to evacuate and do not drive or walk into high water areas.

Affected Harris County residents are urged to report house flooding at www.readyharris.org/go/survey/1829/11787/ or by calling the Harris County Flood Control District’s phone bank at 713-684-4000.