UPDATED: High water reported across major thoroughfares in Kingwood, Lake Houston area

Harris County Commissioners Court voted unanimously July 9 to expedite 86 subdivision drainage projects by 18 months.

Harris County Commissioners Court voted unanimously July 9 to expedite 86 subdivision drainage projects by 18 months.

Updated 9:20 p.m.

Houston Transtar shows more high-water reports in the Lake Houston area, with the following local roadways impacted by high water:

  • Northbound and southbound lanes at Hwy. 59 and the West Fork of the San Jacinto River in Humble

  • Three southbound feeder road lanes at Hwy. 59 and Northpark Drive in Kingwood

  • Four southbound and four northbound feeder road lanes at Hwy. 59 and FM 1314 in Porter

  • All eastbound lanes at FM 1314 and Hwy. 59 in Porter

  • All eastbound lanes at FM 1485 and Hwy. 59 in New Caney

  • Two southbound lanes at Hwy. 59 and FM 1485 in New Caney

Community members can continue to monitor reported high-water areas at the Houston Transtar website.

Posted 7:40 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for northeast Houston, including Kingwood and the Lake Houston area, until 7:45 p.m., according to the NWS.

The Lake Houston area has already received 3-5 inches of rain, and the NWS stated 2-4 inches more is possible. The rainfall has caused high-water reports along some of Kingwood’s major thoroughfares, said Cory Stottlemyer, public information officer for the Houston Office of Emergency Management.

Stottlemeyer said residents can stay up-to-date on high-water reports by following the Houston Transtar to find high-water locations. As of 5:30 p.m., Transtar reports high water at the northbound and southbound feeder lanes at Hwy. 59 and Northpark Drive, as well as eastbound on FM 1314 at Hwy. 59 in Porter.

If residents see high-water locations or trees that have been knocked down in the roadway, Stottlemeyer said residents should report the incidents to 3-1-1.

Additionally, residents can register their home address, phone number and email address to the Everbridge app to receive alerts of storm conditions around their geo-targeted location. With the Lake Houston area anticipating more rain over the next week, Stottlemeyer said residents should make sure they are able to receive real-time information on storm conditions in their area.

“Now is the time to prepare, now is the time to know, ‘What do these alerts mean, how can I get these alerts so when they do come I know how to prepare my family and respond,’” he said.

Meanwhile, the city of Houston Public Works Department as well as Houston Fire Department have units staged in the North Houston area to respond to potential high-water rescues as needed, Stottlemeyer said.
By Kelly Schafler

Editor, Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.


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