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Flood Watch in Effect as Southeastern Texas Braces for Further Rainfall

Parts of southeastern Texas remained under a flood watch on Sunday, with forecasters predicting additional rainfall and potential runoff across an extensive area spanning over 100 square miles, including the city of Houston. The densely populated metro center, home to over 2 million people, has grappled with heavy downpours leading to widespread flooding, prompting hundreds of water rescues in Houston and surrounding neighborhoods earlier in the weekend.

Flood Watch in Effect as Southeastern Texas Braces for Further Rainfall
Source: NBC 4

Understanding Flood Watches

Flood watches are issued when various weather conditions converge to create favorable circumstances for flooding, although they do not indicate imminent flooding in a specific area. The ongoing flood watch from Harris County to College Station, extending eastward toward the Gulf Coast, was expected to persist through Sunday evening. Meteorologists cautioned residents within the flood watch boundaries to brace for additional rainfall and thunderstorms, following previous heavy rain events that submerged vast areas under murky floodwaters.

Rescue Efforts and Preparations

By Saturday, rescue teams had already saved over 400 individuals from flooded homes, rooftops, and roads in Houston, with additional evacuations underway. Judge Lina Hidalgo of Harris County reported 178 people and 122 pets rescued in the jurisdiction alone, emphasizing that no fatalities or injuries related to the severe weather had been reported in Houston. Despite ongoing flood watches, residents in southeastern Texas were advised to expect 1 to 3 inches of additional rainfall on Sunday, with potential for higher amounts in some areas.

San Jacinto River Concerns

The rising water levels along the San Jacinto River posed significant concerns as rain continued to exceed capacity, exacerbating flooding in surrounding areas. Houston Police shared a video capturing an officer rescuing a man and three dogs trapped in 8 to 10 feet of floodwater near Lake Houston. The National Weather Service warned of ongoing river flooding, ranging from moderate to major, with urban areas particularly vulnerable to flooding.

Severe Weather Outlook

Flood Watch in Effect as Southeastern Texas Braces for Further Rainfall
Source: The New York Times

In addition to flooding, localized flash flooding was anticipated, especially in areas already saturated by recent heavy rainfall. The weather service warned of powerful winds, large hail, and the possibility of tornadoes, with the heaviest rainfall expected in the morning hours.

Declaration of Disaster

Southeastern Texas has endured a barrage of heavy rains over the past week, with Houston and neighboring areas bearing the brunt of the impact. Judge Hidalgo declared a disaster for Harris County in response to heightened flood risks, particularly near the San Jacinto River. The disaster declaration coincided with Governor Greg Abbott’s expansion of a broader declaration to encompass 88 counties statewide, reflecting the widespread impact of the severe weather event.

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