San Jacinto River Authority prepares for potential severe weather in Lake Conroe area

The San Jacinto River Authority has started preparations for a severe weather event.

The San Jacinto River Authority has started preparations for a severe weather event.

The San Jacinto River Authority—which is a state agency that works to conserve the water resources of the San Jacinto River watershed—has begun monitoring Lake Conroe water levels in preparation of the potentially severe weather event moving toward the area, according to a Dec. 6 news release from the agency.

The National Weather Service Houston-Galveston branch stated in a Dec. 6 briefing the Houston area is forecasted to receive heavy rainfall beginning Friday, Dec. 7, with the potential for flash flooding beginning in the afternoon hours. The NWS predicts areas north of Houston, including Conroe and The Woodlands, will receive more than 4 inches of rain over the course of the weekend.

In light of this the SJRA has implemented its standard protocols for severe weather events, including establishing 24-hour work schedules and testing all equipment.

SJRA staff members are also coordinating with emergency operations, such as the Harris County Flood Control District and the Coastal Water Authority, according to the release. Additionally the news release also stated the SJRA will not prerelease water from the Lake Conroe dam, as prereleases can exacerbate downstream flooding.
By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.