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Harris County Homeland Security & Emergency Management
News Release
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall, Severe Flooding Possible for Harris County


What is the danger?

Hurricane Harvey officially made landfall last night as a Category 4 hurricane at San Jose Island (near Port Aransas).  Early this morning, it was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85-90 mph moving inland through south central Texas.  Harris County is currently under a Flood Warning until further notice. The National Hurricane Center forecasts rainfall totals up to 15-30”, with isolated totals of up to 35” or more between today and Wednesday. This will be a dangerous flooding event for most of the county. It is important to remain informed and follow the recommendations of local officials.

To get the most recent up to date information on your mobile device, download the ReadyHarris app.

Expect Multiple Watches and Warnings to be issued today.

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at Level 1 (Maximum Readiness). HCOHSEM will continue to monitor forecasts and weather developments along with the National Weather Service and the Harris County Flood Control District. More than 40 organizations are represented in the Emergency Operations Center. 


What you need to do:

Heavy rainfall are expected for the next several days. Street flooding is likely and bayou flooding is possible. Monitor rainfall rates in your area by visiting the Harris County Flood District Flood Warning System.

The Harris County Flood Control District offers the following safety tips:

  • When flooding is imminent the following are steps YOU CAN TAKE TO PREPARE:
  • Make sure you have an adequate water supply in case service is cut off.
  • Confirm your family emergency kit is complete and ready.
  • Contact your family members and confirm plan of action and alternatives.
  • Move emergency supplies and valuables to a high, dry place in your residence.
  • Locate and put pets in a safe place.
  • Your safest option is to stay put. However, if you must evacuate to a safe location or a shelter, take your emergency supply kit and tell your family check-in contact you’re leaving. Don’t drive through flooded streets.
  • Make sure storm drains and culverts are clear from debris. Clogged drains and culverts can prevent water from traveling to the bayous and tributaries, causing street flooding, and possible house flooding, depending on the amount of rain we receive.
  • Debris should NOT be discarded in areas bayous, streams and ditches. Debris should be put in trash bins and then brought inside into garages or backyards, away from drainage ditches and storm sewers.
  • Winds can cause trees and branches to fall; trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
  • In areas that normally experience flooding, move vehicles to driveways or in parking garages as the storm approaches.
  • Secure patio furniture and any loose items that may be picked up by heavy winds.
  • Take video of all your belongings and important documents in case they become damaged and needed for insurance claims.
  • Never drive into high water. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Less than two feet of water can float and wash away a vehicle. Be especially cautious at underpasses and at night when water across roadways can be difficult to see.
  • This flooding event is a reminder that all residents in this area should carry flood insurance. Contact your insurance agent for more information about purchasing flood insurance, or visit the National Flood Insurance Program at or call 1-888-379-9531. Please keep in mind that new insurance policies take 30 days to go into effect.


Where you can learn more:

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