Updated 6:58 p.m., Jan. 24

Magnolia ISD announced in social media post that all schools will have a one hour delay due to severe weather in the area. Campuses will be open for student drop off, but bus routes will run one hour behind in order to accommodate the weather.

Posted 5:30 p.m., Jan. 24

As of 5 p.m. Jan. 24, river and flash flood warnings were issued and extended throughout the north Houston region as storms continued to saturate and overflow areas, such as Lake Conroe and the San Jacinto River Basin.

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough said in a social media post Jan. 24 he has signed a disaster declaration for Montgomery County, which activates all available resources to address needs in the county, and several area school districts announced delayed openings for Jan. 25.

Keough said in the post a flood warning would be in effect at least through midnight Jan. 24 into Jan. 25, and a flood watch will be in effect through noon Jan. 25.

What you need to know

Several school districts in Montgomery County will delay the start of school Thursday, Jan. 25, by two hours due to several flooded roadways.

Conroe, Willis and Montgomery ISD’s announced delays Jan. 24 on social media outlets.

School will start two hours after the regular start time and will be dismissed at regular hours.

The delayed start time will allow for road conditions to improve and travel to take place during daylight hours, according to the districts.

As of 5:15 p.m., Magnolia ISD had not announced a delay.

What else?

Texas Gulf Coast Region Red Cross announced in a news release the American Red Cross opened shelters in San Jacinto County and Montgomery County on Jan. 24 due to rainfall and flooding. According to the release, the Red Cross and its partners are providing shelter, food and support for those affected.

According to the news release, individuals planning to stay in a shelter should bring items, such as prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items, as well as items for children and other needed medical equipment.

The shelters are located in:

Montgomery County

Lone Star Community Center, 2500 Lone Star Parkway, Montgomery

San Jacinto County

San Jacinto County Building, 121 Live Oak St., Coldspring

Current situation

River flood warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service for the east and west forks of the San Jacinto River. According to river data from NWS, the stages and projections as of 5 p.m. Jan. 24 were:

San Jacinto, West Fork
  • Current stage: 48.9 feet
  • Flood stage: 49.3 feet
  • Projected crest: 51.8 feet
San Jacinto, East Fork
  • Current stage: 52.85 feet
  • Flood stage: 58 feet
  • Projected crest: 67.5 feet
Lake Creek
  • Current stage: 137.86 feet
  • Flood stage: 138 feet
  • Projected crest: 142.7 feet
In a social media post Jan. 24, Montgomery County Emergency Service District No. 3 announced home evacuations had started to occur in the FM 2854 area. According to the city of Conroe Facebook page, additional closures due to flooding include:
  • Lake Conroe
  • Westside Recreation Center
  • McDade Park
  • Owen Park
As of 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24, the lake level at Lake Conroe was 203.78 feet, and the Lake Conroe Dam was releasing water at 16,515 cubic square feet per second.