Updated 8:00 p.m., April 29

Lake Conroe has been officially closed due to high lake levels, according to a news release sent out by the Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable's Office and the San Jacinto River Authority. As of 8 p.m., the lake level was 202.84 feet and the release from the Lake Conroe Dam had been increased to 12,490 cubic feet per second.

Posted 2:08 p.m., April 29

San Jacinto River Authority officials announced in an April 29 news release that water is being released from the Lake Conroe Dam following recent storms in the Montgomery County area, causing concerns of downstream flooding in Montgomery County.

What you need to know

As of mid-day April 29, Lake Conroe was releasing 10,785 cubic feet of water per second, according to the SJRA dashboard. The dam release was announced early in the morning April 29 following roughly 13 inches of rain upstream, which raised the level of Lake Conroe to 202.54 feet. The normal maximum level of Lake Conroe is 201 feet.

“Approximately 6 inches of rain fell in the Lake Conroe watershed, and releases began early this morning to mitigate rising lake levels,” the release states.

According to the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, a drone has been deployed to monitor downstream flooding along the San Jacinto River east and west forks.

What else?

The National Weather Service issued minor river flood warnings along the east and west forks of the San Jacinto River as well as Lake Creek in The Woodlands.

Additional storms in the Southeast Texas region are expected to continue through May 1-3, according to the National Weather Service.

In a social media post, the MCOHSEM requested that individuals who live downstream of the dam and along the northwest portion of I-45 “stay vigilant” as releases from the dam may increase.