Pockets of heavy rain bring street flooding to parts of Houston, Harris County

With drivers getting stranded and water inching toward some homes, Saturday's storms caught many by surprise
October 13, 2013 4:04:45 PM PDT
Pockets of heavy rain Saturday afternoon caused some street flooding around Houston and Harris County.

The most intense storm dumped a radar-estimated 2 to 4 inches over southeastern Harris County. Harris County Flood Control District rain gauges showed as much as 3.36 inches along the Gulf Freeway outside the 610 Loop to the Beltway.

Some roads under the intersection of the Gulf Freeway and Beltway 8 were reported impassable by law enforcement and a Flood Advisory was issued during the height of the storm.

The worst of this was over for the Houston area by early evening, but strong storms continued in Brazoria, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties where slow-moving thunderstorms dumped inches of rain. Radar estimates stationary storms dumped over 5 inches of rain south of Houston near Bonney.

We will likely see another round of scattered downpours pop up again Sunday -- something some local residents may not be excited about after Saturday's storms.

The quick dose of heavy rain took many by surprise and caused flooding -- not just on the roads, but in at least one apartment complex.

"It just dropped so fast all at once," a driver told us. "All at once."

On the Gulf Freeway near Almeda Genoa, more than a foot of water covered the roadway. An ABC13 viewer sent us video of high water in the area.

The flood forced drivers to make a decision. There were those who chanced it, and those -- like Lee Rodriguez -- who parked on higher ground and waited it out.

"I actually ruined my last car last November," Rodriguez said. "I tried to drive through it, and I blew my engine trying to go through last year."

That's exactly what happened to another driver we saw. He couldn't make it to other side of a parking lot. His car flooded.

Others were stranded, too, and forced to abandon ship.

"This is a natural act," one driver told us. "Mother Nature."

Some area shoppers had to wade through ankle-deep water to get to their cars.

Several miles away, residents at the Colony Oaks Apartments had to do the same to get into their homes. They said it was a close call with the water only inches from getting inside.

While they didn't have any property damage, the storm did strand some drivers. More than a foot of water collected in the atrium.

"Oh it looked like a lake," resident Diana Medina said. "I mean, it still does."

Medina lives on the second floor of the complex. Many vehicles parked out front were flooded or couldn't be moved.

"Every time it rains, this is what we get," Medina said. "We can't even walk. We can't park. We can't do nothing. It's flooded."

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