A strong line of thunderstorms with high winds, torrential rains and possible tornadoes swept through the Lake Houston area this afternoon. It left widespread power outages, snarled traffic, flooded streets, and swollen creeks and ditches. People still suffering PTSD from Harvey were re-traumatized by the sound of news helicopters and water creeping up their front steps. More heavy rains tonight will add to the area’s woes, even as people are still cleaning up from this afternoon’s flooding.
Examples of Damage Reported
Among the damage reported:
- Several flooded homes in Bear Branch and Woodland Hills near creeks or ditches
- Flooded locker rooms at Kingwood High School
- Trees down and blocking Kingwood Drive at rush hour
- Power lines down on Kingwood Drive
- Knee-high water on Kingwood Drive at Town Center
- Kingwood Drive traffic rerouted up Valley Manor
- New pad sites for the retail expansion of the HEB center under water
- Street flooding from one end of Kingwood to the other
Streets Designed as Part of Flood Retention System
Note: the streets in Kingwood are DESIGNED as part of the flood retention system. When rainfall rates exceed what creeks, ditches and bayous can handle, water backs up into streets. and drainage swales.
The amount of rain we received today was not great. But the intensity was off the charts. In about a half hour at my house, we received almost two inches. That’s between 3 and 4 inches per hour. Here’s an example: the swale beside my house.
Rainfall Totals for Friday Storm
River Report: Minor Flooding Possible on West Fork
More Storms on Way
As of 9PM a severe thunderstorm watch is still in effect for much of southeast Texas until 3PM Saturday.. A large line of strong to severe thunderstorms has developed from E of Austin to NW of San Antonio and is moving ESE/SE at 15-20mph. Expect an average 1-2 inches with the line passage. Isolated total up to 3 inches be common. Creeks and bayous should be able to handle that amount of rainfall, according to Jeff Lindner of Harris County Flood Control.
Here is an updated radar image as of 12:01 AM Saturday morning.
Expect minor flooding at 59 and River Grove Park, that could be exacerbated by the mouth bar and other sediment still in the river.
Hoping you stay dry!
Posted by Bob Rehak on 5/3/19 around midnight
613 Days since Hurricane Harvey