HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – The Addicks and Barker Reservoirs floodgates are now closed in preparation for expected heavy rains over the next two to three days, according to a statement provided to Covering Katy News from the regional joint information Center. Closing the floodgates allows water to be held back in the reservoirs to protect homes east of Katy in Houston.
“Residents are urged to monitor weather conditions. Heavy rainfall could quickly overwhelm storm sewers and roadside ditches,” the statement said.
Emergency management leaders are reminding people not to drive through ponding water if they don’t know how deep it is.
“If heavy rainfall occurs in the area where you are, or near homes and places of work, you are urged to avoid high water and flooded streets,” the statement said. “Turn around, don’t drown,” the statement added.
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Emergency management leaders are also urging people to stay put if streets begin to flood unless their life is in danger at their current location.
Harris County Flood Control District leaders will be working at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The flood watch team will monitor rainfall trends and check the gages that measure rainfall amounts and water levels in bayous and creeks. The team constantly monitors the data and works during severe weather events to advise the public and local officials of areas that are and could be affected by flooding.