Harris County Residents Urged to Report Flooded Homes, Businesses

July 16, 2012

Harris County residents are urged to report house flooding by completing a Flood Survey as soon as possible at the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s website.

That website can be accessed at www.readyharris.org/go/survey/1829/1531/.

Heavy and persistent rainfall that produced 11-15 inches of rain in northwest Harris County July 11-13 resulted in high water levels in bayous and creeks and house flooding in subdivisions along Cypress Creek, Little Cypress Creek, Willow Creek, and Spring Creek, in Harris, Waller, and Montgomery Counties.

Harris County employees are currently in affected neighborhoods collecting information from residents whose homes flooded and investigating the impacts of the storms. The help of residents in reporting flooded structures online is vital to assessing areas impacted and the full extent of flood damage.

Though flooded bayous and creeks in those areas are receding, additional rainfall is forecasted Sunday through next week and residents should remain vigilant of water levels.

With heavy rainfall comes the threat of flooding, so it is important for Harris County residents to get and stay prepared.  The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has disaster preparedness resources and the latest information about conditions in Harris County at www.readyharris.org.

The Harris County Flood Control District has a “Family Flood Preparedness” center at http://www.hcfcd.org/famfloodprepare.html with helpful, printable resources and flood preparedness tips.

The flooding over the past week is also another reminder that all residents in this area should carry flood insurance. Contact your insurance agent for more information about purchasing flood insurance, or visit the National Flood Insurance Program at www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531.

Residents should be aware of conditions near workplaces, schools and homes.  The Harris County Flood Warning System allows residents to monitor rainfall and bayou water levels at www.harriscountyfws.org.

The Flood Control District’s Flood Watch team continues monitor data and is working to advise the public and local officials of areas that are and could be affected by flooding.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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