The City of Houston has activated the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to assist City Departments and responding agencies as they coordinate the response to the heavy rain, flash flooding, and tornado threat occurring this morning. In addition, City response agencies are currently undertaking high-water rescues across the City.
Agencies represented in the EOC include: Houston Fire Department, Houston Police Department, Public Works & Engineering Department, Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, and the Office of Emergency Management.
Actions to Take
The City is asking resident to avoid travel this evening into Saturday morning, as significant rainfall is causing flash flooding. Multiple Flash Flood Warnings and Flood Warnings have already been issued for Houston and the City remains under a Flash Flood Watch until 1pm Saturday and a Tornado Watch until 10am Saturday.
Residents who must travel are asked to plan extra time, and to not drive through areas of high water. If water is too deep to see the street, it is too deep for a vehicle. It takes only 12 inches of water to float a vehicle, and cause a very dangerous situation.
Residents should be prepared to shelter-in-place if a Tornado Warning is issued for their area. This means they should seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest floor possible of their home.
Residents are asked to report flooding in streets and structures to Houston 311 by calling 311 (713.837.0311), online at houston311.org and using the Houston 311 Mobile App.
The City will be communicating to the public via the City’s emergency alert system, AlertHouston. Residents can sign up at houstontx.gov/emergency or follow @AlertHouston on Twitter and on Facebook (facebook.com/alerthouston).