Roads in Houston Impassable, Schools Close as Floodwaters Rise

Flooding on Interstate 45 in Houston after severe rains made roads impassable Monday, May 25, 2015, and Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (Photo: KHOU-TV, Houston)
Flooding on Interstate 45 in Houston after severe rains made roads impassable Monday, May 25, 2015, and Tuesday, May 26, 2015.
(Photo: KHOU-TV, Houston)

As severe storms moved through Southeast Texas again late Monday into early Tuesday morning, high water and flooding made many of the city’s roads impassable, prompting officials to urge residents to stay home.

Most of Houston’s major roadways are flooded or filled with stalled vehicles, forcing the shutdown of highways and streets, including the East Sam Houston tollway in both directions and Interstate 45 North in both directions.

A flash flood warning was in effect until 6 a.m. Central for Fort Bend and Harris counties. Harris County includes the city of Houston.

Harris County Flood District advised residents waking up for work and school Tuesday morning to not leave their homes.

Many school districts announced closures and delays Tuesday because of the severe flooding.

One of the hardest hit areas was on the westside of the city at Beltway 8 and the Katy Freeway where more than eight inches of rain was reported as of 2:20 a.m. Some drivers said they had been stuck since 11:30 p.m.

At Braes Bayou in far Southwest Houston more than nine inches of rain was reported.

A funnel cloud was reported in West Houston Monday evening, but most of the damage reported as of early Tuesday was a result of street flooding. Views from Houston TranStar, the city’s transportation and emergency management center, showed hundreds of drivers stalled out on the frontage roads along the Katy Freeway. Others were stuck on the main lanes of the Southwest Freeway and on I-45 N at North.

Around 200 basketball fans who attended a Houston Rockets game were stuck in the Toyota Center in Houston early Tuesday because of the severe weather.

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SOURCE: KHOU-TV, Houston

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