While the Greater Houston area recuperates from heavy rain and flooding on April 18, Sugar Land and Missouri City officials reported their cities survived the high water with minimal damage.
As of April 19, 9.38 inches of rainfall were measured over 48 hours at the Sugar Land Regional Airport, according to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office Houston/Galveston. Flooded roads reopened the same day, but some Sugar Land amenities were inaccessible.
The Hwy. 59 Brazos River turnaround, Pawm Springs Dog Park and Sugar Land Memorial Park remain closed until further notice because of the rising water from the Brazos River, Sugar Land Communications Director Pat Pollicoff said.
“We expect the river to continue to rise and crest above flood stage [April 20],” she said.
Ten vehicles were stranded in high water throughout Sugar Land and had to be towed, Pollicoff said.
Streets with the most flooding were the Hwy. 59 frontage roads from Grand Parkway to Williams Trace Boulevard; Dairy Ashford at Alston Road and Corporate Drive, Settlers Way Boulevard at Lost Creek Boulevard; and New Territory Boulevard at University Boulevard and Chatham Avenue.
The city also had one report of a home with minimal levels of water in the residence.
No weather-related injuries or deaths were reported in either Sugar Land or Missouri City, and first responders did not have to make any water rescues within city limits, officials said.
Cory Stottlemeyer, Missouri City media relations specialist, said the city’s Fire and Rescue Services Department was requested for mutual aid in Harris County in the area of Mason and Morton roads for a water rescue.
“The rescue boat and two personnel were sent to assist Harris County Emergency Services [District] 48 by conducting door-to-door welfare checks of residents,” he said.
Missouri City’s Public Safety Headquarters parking lot flooded but staff and the Public Works department drained the water before any damage was done to the buildings, Stottlemeyer said.
“From a public works perspective, the only significant impact on the public was localized street flooding in several locations that required temporary barricades,” he said. “When the rain slowed down in the morning, the street flooding cleared and was pretty much eliminated by noon.”
The city reported flooding on Fifth Street; at Independence Boulevard and Hunters Court; along Lexington Boulevard; at Turtle Creek and Mission Valley drives; at Scanlin Road and Thomas Taylor Parkway; and at Cypress Point Drive and Cartwright Road.
Updates were provided April 19 via Missouri City’s social media accounts. Residents are encouraged to check their city’s social media pages and websites for current road closures and alerts.