12:53 p.m. Dec. 31: This story will be updated if significantly more rainfall is received or if there are any road closures.
Montgomery County was spared flooding following a rain event Dec. 30-31 that accumulated up to nearly 6 inches in some areas as of around 1 p.m. Dec. 31, according to the National Weather Service. A Flash Flood Watch had been issued Dec. 31 with the potential for severe weather as well, according to the U.S. National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas.
At 10 a.m. Dec. 31, one flood gage in the county at Lake Creek above The Woodlands was in “near flood stage" and has continued to climb, according to the National Weather Service. The flood stage is 138 ft., and the observed value as of noon was 131.45 ft. All other gages in the county showed no flooding, or were not defined.
Stephan Cottar, the deputy chief and fire marshall at the Conroe Fire Department, said as of noon Dec. 31, the department has had about 20 responses, but none were flooding related.
Several areas in Montgomery County received over 4 inches of rain in the last 24 hours as of around 1 p.m. Dec. 31, such as FM 1097 near Bentwater, which received 5.88 inches; Mill Creek at FM 1486 in Magnolia, which received 4.76 inches, and 5.12 inches at Lake Creek at Dobbin off Hwy. 105, according to the Harris County Flood Warning System. The system also shows data for Montgomery County.
The last major rainfall event, Tropical Depression Imelda in Sept. 2019, inundated parts of the county with up to 32 inches of rain.