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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, public safety officials urge drivers to stay off roads through afternoon while floodwaters recede

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the city’s public safety officials continue to urge drivers to stay off the city’s roadways while floodwaters recede.


Gallery Furniture and Lakewood Church among shelters open to Houston-area flood victims

From ABC 13 media partners—As a flooding emergency has hit across the Houston area, many people have found themselves trapped by floodwaters with nowhere to go.


State of disaster declared during Sep. 19 storms in Houston area

State and local officials have issued disaster declarations Sept. 19 following continuous rains throughout the day.



Space Center Houston closes due to weather

Space Center Houston closed Sept. 19 due to inclement weather, according to a press release sent out by the center. The center plans to reopen Friday, according to the release.




Houston street flooding: High water locations around the city

UPDATE 8:15 a.m. Sept. 20: Flood waters are receding across the city. Houston Transtar 's website will have the most up to date information. The following roads have been cleared as of this morning.



UPDATE: Flights operational out of Hobby, Bush airports

Updated Sept. 20 at 6:55 a.m.




Houston Community College cancels classes, activities due to possibility of flooding

Houston Community College officials have announced classes and activities are canceled through Sept. 18 due to heavy rains and the possibility of flooding, according to a press release.




Coastal Galveston County under flash flood watch

Friendswood and the rest of Coastal Galveston County are under a flash flood watch from 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, as the effects of Tropical Storm Imelda move through.


Hwy. 288, Bailey Road and more: 4 road projects to know in Pearland, Friendswood

Road work is continuing in Pearland and Friendswood, with construction moving forward on Hwy. 288 and Bailey Road. Work is being wrapped up on the Hwy. 35 beautification in September, according to city officials. Meanwhile, construction on Friendswood Lakes Boulevard is set to start next year.


Friendswood's Between Us Tea Room adding a wine lounge space

Between Us Tea Room will add a wine lounge in the space next door. The eatery, located at 802 S. …



Alvin ISD opens new elementary schools

Alvin ISD opened two new schools for the 2019-20 school year: Bob and Betty Nelson Elementary School and Bel Nafegar Sanchez Elementary School. The schools are funded by the district’s 2015 bond.


Thai Jasmine Express celebrates one year in Pearland

Thai Jasmine Express celebrated a year in Pearland in August. Located at 1826 Country Place Parkway, Ste. …



Pearland ISD board approves tax rate

At the Sept. 10 meeting, the Pearland ISD board approved a tax rate of $1.3956 per $100 valuation for fiscal year 2019-20. This rate is broken down into two categories: $0.97 for maintenance and operations, M&O, and $0.4256 for debt service and interest & sinking, I&S.



Friendswood ISD discusses accountability ratings, explains campus “D” in school progress

Friendswood ISD and all six of its campuses received an overall A rating in the 2019 state accountability ratings. However, Cline Elementary School received a D in school progress due to the amount of years students at the school are tested, according to a presentation given at the board’s Sept. 9 meeting.


Dispose of unused, expired prescription opioid painkillers at these 12 hospitals on Sept. 21

A number of HCA Houston Healthcare locations will collect unused or expired opioid painkillers Sept. 21 during an event HCA is calling "Crush the Crisis." The drug take-back day encourages individuals to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired prescription pain relievers by visiting one of 12 collection sites in the Greater Houston area in an effort to curb the misuse of these drugs, according to a Sept. 9 release.


JUST IN: Texas Central signs design-build contract with civil engineering firm Salini Impregilo

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify the difference between Texas Central's Sept. 13 announcement about a design-build contract with Salini Impregilo and an October 2018 announcement about a limited-notice-to-proceed agreement with Salini Impregilo. 


16 things to do in Pearland and Friendswood this September and October

September and October are full of events for Pearland and Friendswood residents. Read to learn how to support …