City, county emergency centers to be full staffed again tonight

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Harris County and Houston city leaders say they're lowering their emergency centers' threat levels but they'll still be staffed up and ready to go if Tropical Storm Bill decides to wreak any havoc in our area.

Tropical Storm Bill made landfall around 11:45am in Matagorda County after stalling out in the Gulf for several hours. So far, strong winds and heavy rain pounded Matagorda County, and isolated street flooding was reported in other parts of the viewing area.

But that doesn't mean Houston-area residents can lower their guards, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett added.

"We could still have very significant rains during the evening and into tomorrow's commute," Emmett said.

Chief Meteorologist Tim Heller echoes that warning.

"Rush hour Wednesday morning could be a mess and depending on where the heavy rain falls," Heller said.

So far, bayous in our area seem to be handling the rainfall that's fallen. The water level at White Oak Bayou, just north of downtown Houston, looked normal as of Tuesday afternoon. And a bayou off I-45 and Cypresswood in Spring was taking in a lot of water from nearby communities but it didn't appear to be at risk of flooding.

Anyone with any of the following issues during/after the storm is asked to contact 311:

Drainage Issues
Street Flooding/Standing Water
Water Leaks and Service Issues
Lost Garbage Container/Pick Up Schedule
Sewer In Residence or Business
Pothole/Street Damage
Debris in Ditches, Pipes, Streets
Street Light/Traffic Signal Repair
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