Flooding causing problems all over town

April 18, 2009 5:52:59 PM PDT
Severe storms soaked the greater Houston area again on Saturday, and we are hearing reports of damage all across the region, including what police say was a tornado touchdown in Seabrook. [INCIDENT REPOTS: From the Houston Police and Fire Departments]

Nearly all parts of the viewing area experienced some high water.

The water on some of the streets was knee high at the Sunset Lake Subdivision near Pearland. It has gone down considerably but it is still creating a lot of problems for some of the residents there, blocking driveways and causing problems getting in and out.

A blown transformer knocked out power to at least 30 homes in that same subdivision. Crews are working to try to get that transformer back up.

Other areas that high water caused a concern were Highway 288 at Almeda Road and the Beltway at Cullen.

In Katy, along Mason Road and Provincial, high water made it dangerous driving conditions for some drivers, many of whom had to abandon their vehicles. At least a couple of drivers there had to be rescued by some good Samaritans, tow truck drivers who got them out successfully.

Getting around the city's north side wasn't easy either Saturday. On one of our Transtar JamCams along I-45 near Tidwell, we saw one stranded motorist just sitting on the back of his car on the frontage road. He got stuck in the high water and that brought traffic to a standstill.

About 10 minutes later, the man had to leave his car behind.

Meanwhile, in Missouri City, the high water also shut down several roads. Some drivers chose not to try and move through the high water, but other drivers decided to risk it and used the median to get along the flooded street.

A lot of you have been sending in pictures of the rising waters in your neighborhoods.

You can see some of those flood photos here. We have been receiving calls of water moving into homes in Alvin and Webster.

The first leg of the MS150 had to be canceled, but we spoke with the organizers Saturday, who say they have confirmed the road conditions are safe, and the weather is clear enough, so the ride will resume Sunday. Riders will take off from the Fayette County courthouse in La Grange at 8am Sunday.

Five kids found deceased in car

Rescue crews made a tragic discovery Saturday as they were searching for five young children.

Around 5pm , eight people were travelling in a car near Greens Road and Aldine Westfield, when the driver lost control and plunged into a waterway that feeds Greens Bayou. Two adults and a child were able to get out, but five children were later found dead inside the vehicle. [READ MORE]

Police: tornado touches down in Seabrook

We've learned three homes in Seabrook were damaged Saturday and police there believe it was the work of a tornado. They say the twister touched down on North Flamingo. At this point, we don't know the extent of the damage to those homes and there are no reported injuries. [READ MORE]

Power outages

Centerpoint says that they have about 28,000 Customers out of power. (as of 6pm)

Bayous and creeks

Harris County Flood Control and the National Weather Service have issued a coordinated flood warning for the following waterways:

    Little Vince Bayou at Jackson
    Little Cedar Bayou at 8th St
    Berry Bayou Nevada (around Texas Ave.)
    Halls Bayou at I-45
    Clear Creek (rising along entire channel)
    Beamer Ditch and Turkey Creek
Floods turn fatal in Shulenberg

According to the Assocated Press, at least one death near La Grange is blamed on the storms. That's an unidentified man who drowned in his car in a flooded underpass yesterday in Schulenberg.

Stay safe during the flood

The National Weather Service advises to do the following during flood events:

  • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground.
  • Stay away from flood-prone areas, including dips, low spots, valleys, ditches, washes, etc.
  • Avoid flooded areas or those with rapid water flow. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet.
  • Don't allow children TO play near high water, storm drains OR ditches.Hidden dangers could lie beneath the water.
  • Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters.
  • Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads.
  • If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
  • Water only two feet deep can float away most automobiles.
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly when threatening conditions exist.
Our Eyewitness Newsteam is following the flooding around town will have the very latest on the storms throughout the day and complete coverage today on Eyewitness News at 6pm.

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