All lanes Highway 288 at Yellowstone shut down due to high water

April 27, 2013 4:59:23 PM PDT
As much as a 3 inches of rain coul be falling in parts of the Houston area as a weather system moves across southeast Texas this weekend.

Right now, the National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Brazoria and Harris counties until 6:45pm.

At one point, the Houston Fire Department reported that a building had collapsed off South Main near Buffalo Speedway. However, they later determined it was a false alarm.

KTRK Chief Meteorologist Tim Heller says isolated strong thunderstorms are developing over southeast Texas ahead of a slow moving cool front. Frequent lightning and heavy rain are the main impacts of these storms. There could also be some small hail.

"Storms will continue to develop the around Houston overnight and again Sunday. Due to the scattered nature of the storms, some neighborhoods will have less rain tomorrow than today, while others who stayed dry today could have 1-3" of rain," Heller said.

We're already been getting reports of pea-sized hail and street flooding around town.

Right now, TranStar says there's high way off heading eastbound on Highway 290 near Mangum Road.

  • IH-45 North Northbound at N Main St
  • SH-288 Northbound at Yellowstone Blvd
  • SH-288 Southbound at Yellowstone Blvd
  • US-290 Northwest Eastbound at Mangum Rd
  • US-59 Southwest Northbound at Hillcroft Ave
  • US-59 Southwest Southbound at Hillcroft Ave
  • US-90 Alternate Eastbound at Beltway 8-West/Harris-Fort Bend County Line
  • US-90 Alternate Eastbound at Sh-99 Grand Parkway
An iWitness user sent ABC13 video of high water on Bellaire Boulevard near South Gessner. An Eyewitness News photographer also spotted reporting flooded streets off I-10 near Barker Cypress in west Houston.

The water covered all of the Katy Freeway feeder road near Barker Springs Road. We found a few dozen drivers sitting stuck on the road with nowhere to go. One van was off in high water, stuck by itself.

One small pickup truck full of people tore up a grass median and drove around the parked vehicles. After several minutes, drivers started to take their chances in the water only to stall out their vehicles.

One woman tried to follow a driver but then changed her mind.

"If they can make it through but as she went up ahead into the middle it seemed like she stalled and had to call somebody to come and push her through," driver Brisisa Casas said.

Other drivers decided to just wait it out. One driver did tell us that it was worth paying to have her vehicle loaded on to a truck to avoid flooding it out.

Beyond the weekend, more showers are possible through Thursday, Heller said.

The city of Houston is asking residents to report any street flooding or trees/debris in roadway by calling 311.

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