At about 2:30 p.m. Houston Fire Department received a water rescue call along the channel downstream from the Addicks Reservoir near Langham Creek.
A Harris County Flood Control boat was performing routine vegetation maintenance at the bayou when it hit a metal structure that was underwater, according to the sheriff's office.
@HoustonFire is on scene performing water rescue efforts related to a boat accident near Katy Freeway Outbound & N Eldridge Pkwy. One civilian has been life flighted. Three civilians are currently being evaluated on scene. Please avoid the area due to heavy emergency traffic.— Houston Fire Dept (@HoustonFire) April 26, 2022
According to meteorologist Travis Herzog due to Monday's rain, the reservoir that feeds into Buffalo Bayou rose 15 feet.
The Army Corps of Engineers shut off the dam at the reservoir to lower the water to see what the boat hit.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office says the Harris County Flood Control District employees are expected to survive.
Just received an update on the incident on Buffalo Bayou in Katy. Relieved that 3 of our Harris County Flood Control District employees will be OK after striking an underwater obstruction during a routine maintenance operation. Thank you to the first responders who rescued them— Lina Hidalgo (@LinaHidalgoTX) April 26, 2022
Harris County Flood Control District released the following statement:
"There was a three-man maintenance crew for the Harris County Flood Control District working near Langham Creek near I-10 when they hit an underwater obstruction. The employees were performing routine vegetation maintenance to ensure loose or downed trees did not cause an impediment to flow. The Houston Police Department and Houston Fire Department responded to the scene. Two employees were transported to the hospital. Our thoughts are with all employees involved."
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