More showers moving across Houston area today

Washington Avenue flooding after Friday rains on Friday.
September 21, 2013 8:37:27 AM PDT
Strong storms moved through the Houston area overnight and caused some problems on the roadways.

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for Harris and Fort Bend counties until 12:15am, and several parts of the Houston area experienced flooded streets.

On the west side just south of the Katy Freeway at Dairy Ashford, Houston police blocked the roadway to stop vehicles from getting stuck in high water. On Interstate 610 North at Hempstead in northwest Houston, cars fought to pull through high water.

On the north side, tow trucks were called to rescue several drivers from I-45. It appears a Houston police officer's cruiser also required the help of a wrecker. And in northeast Houston, the feeder road of Highway 59 at Tidwell also battled flooding.

In southwest Houston, we received reports of flooding near Lakewood Church along Edloe and Highway 59. And video of Washington Avenue shows just how badly the road flooded there.

The rain also caused at least two high school football game cancellations. School districts decided to cancel El Campo and Foster, ABC13's Game of the Week winners, as well as the Elsik vs. Houston Lamar football game. Neither game will be rescheduled.

The Harris County Flood Control District is monitoring several bayous and creeks in our area. South Mayde Creek, Halls Bayou, Keegan's Bayou, and Lower White Oak Bayou were all near their banks during the height of last night's storm. Only South Mayde Creek went over its banks, but it receded by this morning. Officials said recent drought conditions helped the waterways contain themselves. There were no reports of house flooding in those areas.

The heavy, flooding rains are over for the area. Light to moderate rains will continue mainly south and east of Houston through mid-afternoon.

Dry air will move in along a stiff north wind today. That may give our northern cities some sunshine during the afternoon.

Most of us will enjoy lower humidity and low temps in the 60s tonight. Enough moisture will stay in place close to the coast Sunday and Monday for a slight rain chance.

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