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Flooding
Floodplain Administration
Access to the new Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) and floodplain permitting requirements.

Radar Based Flood Alert System
System that provides early warning on an imminent flooding situation along Oyster Creek.

Flood Warning System
The Harris County Flood Control District’s Flood Warning System measures rainfall amounts and monitors water levels in regional bayous and major streams on a real-time basis.

FEMA.gov
Planning, preparation, and mitigation resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

National Flood Insurance Program
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) offers flood insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners.


Flood Safety Tips

Keep Informed
If a flood is likely in the area, listen to the radio or television for information.

Turn Around, Don’t Drown
Flooding is the number one cause of severe weather death. Whether on foot or in a vehicle, stay out of flooded areas. The depth of flood water is often impossible to gauge. Just six inches of moving water is enough to knock a person off their feet; one foot of flood water can sweep vehicles – even large SUVs – from roadways. Play it smart: Turn Around, Don’t Drown. 

When there’s water running across a road, drivers should always turn around and choose a different route. These are the facts: 
  • Six inches of water can cause tires to lose traction and begin to slide. 
  • Twelve inches of water can float many cars. Two feet of rushing water will carry off pick-up trucks, SUVs and most other vehicles. 
  • Water across a road may hide a missing segment of roadbed or a missing bridge. 
  • In flash floods, waters rise so rapidly they may be far deeper by the time you are halfway across, trapping you in your vehicle. 
  • Flash floods are especially treacherous at night when it is very difficult to see how deep waters may be or how fast water is rising. 
  • Floodwater weakens roadbeds. Drivers should proceed cautiously after waters have receded, since the road may collapse under the weight of the vehicle.


Keep Storm Drains Clear
Residents can help eliminate the potential of localized flooding by keeping storm drains clear of debris. If you notice a storm drain that's blocked with debris, please clear the obstruction. Should we receive sustained rainfall, this will help keep our community safe.

Watch for Ants
Fire ants live in colonies in the soil. If a colony is flooded during a rainstorm or other high-water situation, the ants cling together and form a living raft that floats on the flood waters. Floating fire ant colonies can look like ribbons, streamers or as a ball of ants floating on the water, and they will cling to anything they touch – including you. As the flood waters recede, these floating fire ant colonies will get onto anything that they come in contact with and are attracted to anything that might give them shelter until a mound can be re-established in the soil. This means that debris piles left from the flood waters or piles of items from flooded homes are extremely inviting to the fire ant.

If a flood is likely in your area, you should:

  • Listen to the radio or television for information. 
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move. 
  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.

If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following: 

  • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor. 
  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips: 
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you. 
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly. 
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions

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