Bay Area experiencing flooding due to Tropical Storm Beta

Roads and parks around League City, Pearland, Clear Lake and Friendswood are flooding due to Tropical Storm Beta. (Courtesy city of League City)
Roads and parks around League City, Pearland, Clear Lake and Friendswood are flooding due to Tropical Storm Beta. (Courtesy city of League City)

Roads and parks around League City, Pearland, Clear Lake and Friendswood are flooding due to Tropical Storm Beta. (Courtesy city of League City)

The Bay Area is under a flash flood warning as Tropical Storm Beta continues to drop rain over the Houston area.

As of 6 a.m. Sept. 22, the National Hurricane Center reports the storm is going to stall today and then slowly move east-northeast in the evening. This means more rain will fall over southeast Texas during the day, bringing flash and urban flooding along coastal areas, according to a League City news release.

Clear Creek through Pearland, Friendswood and League City is flooding, according to the Harris County Flood Warning System.

Clear Creek at I-45 is at 8.06 feet elevation as of 8:07 a.m. Sept. 22. Flooding is likely to occur at only 6 feet.

Farther west, Clear Creek at Mykawa Road in Pearland is at 43.74 feet as of 8:18 a.m. Sept. 22. Flooding is likely at 43.5 feet.

In the past 24 hours, 9.44 inches of rain have fallen at Clear Creek at I-45. Clear Creek at Myaka Road has seen 11.88 inches of rain in the past 24 hours, and a total of 12.08 inches of rain have fallen at Clear Creek and Dixie Farm Road in the past 24 hours, according to the Harris County Flood Warning System.

As a result of the heavy rain, several roads in the area are flooded.

Numerous I-45 frontage road lanes, U-turns and exit ramps between FM 1959 and El Dorado Boulevard are closed due to high standing water, according to Houston TranStar.

Several roads near Clear Creek west of I-45 are in danger of flooding, including parts of FM 518, NASA Parkway and Hwy. 35, according to Houston TranStar. City officials encouraged residents to turn around rather than risk driving through flooded areas and drowning.

The night of Sept. 21, League City crews worked to clear ditches and drains to reduce the flooding on roads. Traffic crews are redirecting drivers and closing roads as necessary. Staff have set up pumps in neighborhoods across the city, according to the release.

The city will make updates throughout the storm on its Facebook page.
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.



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