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Harris County Homeland Security & Emergency Management
News Release
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What is the danger?

Water levels on many bayous and creeks are starting to fall; river flooding will remain a concern.

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.

Listen to local officials and trusted sources for the latest information.

What you need to do:

Only return home when authorities indicate it’s safe.

Harris County Public Health Offers the following health and safety tips:

Whether the water is deep or shallow, floodwaters are dangerous. They can carry debris, pollution, sharp objects and nasty critters. Keep children out of floodwaters, wash hands thoroughly, and disinfect or throw out items that have come in contact with floodwaters.

Whether your yard got a little wet, or your house has water inside, be SMART about cleaning up the mess: Wear gloves and dispose of items that cannot be thoroughly cleaned.
There will be many stray animals and ‪pets because of the ‪flooding. NEVER approach unfamiliar animals.
The floodwaters brought more than just damage and debris. Mosquitos will start breeding in standing water. Dump/clean out containers with water (birdbaths, buckets, toys, and pet bowls) to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

Find more information at:

Neighborhood Safety Tips:

  • Be vigilant of people walking the neighborhood after the set curfew time. Be vigilant of those who are not your neighbor walking about your neighbor's property and looking into windows, or trying to gain access.
  • Be aware of suspicious activity outside of your home or nearby business especially at night.
  • Write down the license plate numbers of any vehicles (if visible from inside home) circling your neighborhood.
  • Always take caution when someone claiming to represent a utility company who is either not wearing a uniform, does not produce identification upon request, or does not have a company logo vehicle.
  • Call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 713-221-6000 to report suspicious activity.
  • If you think that a crime may be occurring, or that the safety of you or your neighbors may be at risk, don't hesitate to call 911.

For latest updates regarding shelters, volunteering, closings, and other regional news, please visit “Ready Harris News” at

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency situation call 9-1-1. If you are placed on hold, DO NOT HANG UP. If you cannot get through, KEEP TRYING. If you are not experiencing a life-threatening emergency, stay in a safe place.

It is important not to overload the systems at the emergency call centers with non-emergency calls. DO NOT contact 9-1-1 to check on the status of the weather, flooded roads, road closures, power outages or other nonemergency inquiries.

3-1-1 for the Houston area and 2-1-1 have been inundated with calls. Please stay on the line. If you cannot get through, call again.

Submit a home flood report at:

To apply of FEMA Disaster Assistance, please visit (scroll down page):

Volunteer and Donations Management hotlines:

Donations Management – 1-800-924-5985

Volunteer Management – 281-656-1533

Two donations drop-off points have been opened for residents who wish to donate in-kind to disaster survivors. Read more at:

Water will take a few days to recede. Stay off the roadways.

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ® DO NOT DRIVE through high water and DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES! Just 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • DO NOT WALK through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. 
  • If your home floods, STAY THERE. You are safer at home than trying to navigate flooded streets on foot.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is NOT MOVING, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter MOVING water.
  • STAY AWAY from streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

Download HCOHSEM's ReadyHarris mobile app. The free app puts the power to build a personalized preparedness plan in the palm of your hand and is available for both Apple and Android devices. 

Where you can learn more:

·         Forecasts: National Weather Service Houston-Galveston

·         Flood Safety: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

·         Local Road Conditions:Houston Transtar

·         State Road Conditions:

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