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Harris County Flood Control District
Thursday, May 10, 2012
SEVERE WEATHER FORECASTED: HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT
IS MONITORING BAYOUS AND CREEKS
The Harris County Flood Control District's Flood Watch team will be monitoring rainfall trends resulting from forecasted thunderstorms Thursday through Saturday. The team is checking the gauges that measure rainfall amounts and water levels in bayous and creeks and will continue to do so over the next several days.
With heavy rainfall comes the threat of flooding, so it is important for Harris County residents to be aware of conditions near their workplaces, schools and homes. The Flood Control District urges all residents to monitor rainfall and bayou water levels on its Flood Warning System website at www.harriscountyfws.org. The District’s Flood Watch team constantly monitors the data and works during severe weather events to advise the public and local officials of areas that are and could be affected by flooding.
The Flood Control District has a “Family Flood Preparedness” center at
with helpful, printable resources, including a guide on how to create and implement a FAMILY FLOOD PREPAREDNESS PLAN, a FAMILY EMERGENCY KIT checklist and a “TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN” brochure (developed by the National Weather Service). Additional flood preparedness tips:
Secure valuables and important documents.
Avoid driving, if possible. If you must venture out, avoid driving into water of unknown depth. Moving water can quickly sweep you and your vehicle away.
Restrict children from playing in flooded areas.
Remain in your home during the storm unless instructed to evacuate by local officials.
Have a flood insurance policy. For information on flood insurance, visit the National Flood Insurance Program website at
or call 1-888-379-9531.
Know your home’s risk of flooding. You can view a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM or floodplain map) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Map Service Center (
), or refer to the Flood Control District website at
ABOUT THE HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT
The Harris County Flood Control District provides flood damage reduction projects that work, with appropriate regard for community and natural values. With more than 1,500 bayous and creeks totaling approximately 2,500 miles in length, the Flood Control District accomplishes its mission by devising flood damage reduction plans, implementing the plans and maintaining the infrastructure. To learn more about the Flood Control District, visit http://www.hcfcd.org.
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