Thunderstorms Add To Street Flooding Woes
A line of heavy thundershowers moved through much of the Houston area just before dawn Sunday morning, adding up to an inch of rain to the already waterlogged area.
As Hurricane Ike moved through less than 24 hours ago, the area west of downtown Houston experienced 6-7 inches of rain. The Sunday morning storms were adding an additional inch of precipitation and contributing to ongoing street-flooding woes.
Numerous streets and freeway feeder roads throughout Houston remain flooded and impassible. Authorities are strongly urging residents not to venture out.
Weather forecasters say additional showers and thundershowers are likely throughout the remainder of Sunday, with some producing heavy rain. The chance of rain is 60 percent throughout the day, dropping to 40 percent later tonight as a cool front moves into the area. The cool front is expected to drop overnight temperatures to the mid-60s with north winds between 10 and 15 mph.
Power remains out for much of the area and CenterPoint Energy officials say they are uncertain when power will be completely restored. Because of the extensive damage to the power grid caused by Hurricane Ike, some residents may be without power for several weeks.
So far, there have been no reported injuries or casualties in the West U area as a result of Ike.
On Saturday, President George W. Bush declared the entire region a major disaster area and ordered immediate federal aid. Shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, a convoy of federal assistance vehicles passed through Katy headed to staging areas in the Houston – Galveston area.