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Posted on: May 9, 2019

[ARCHIVED] City Watching Weather and Rainfall Levels

flash flood watch

League City’s Emergency Management Department has been corresponding with the National Weather Service Office to monitor the weather and rainfall in our area over the last 24-48 hours. Staff from the department, along with Police, Fire, and Public Works crews, worked overnight on Thursday, May 9 in the City’s Emergency Operations Center. Heavy rainfall caused isolated street flooding late in the evening and into the early morning, which resulted in multiple high-water rescues by the League City Volunteer Fire Department. A small group of people from Texas City and Pasadena needed a point of refugee after being rescued from vehicles and stayed at Fire Station 3 until they were able to coordinate transportation and return home.  One family of three was unable to obtain any means of transportation, so they were provided a room for one night at a League City hotel.

League City remains under a Flash Flood Watch until Saturday at 7 p.m. Forecasted rainfall totals are estimated at 5 to 8 inches widespread, with an isolated 9 to 12 inches possible throughout the weekend. Clear Creek at I-45 is over the top bank and this is expected to increase as Clear Creak at Bay Boulevard continues to rise. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for Clear Creek in League City until further notice or until it is canceled.

The City has closed the following parks because of the elevated water levels along the creek.

Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside

Boat Ramp

Dr. Ned and Fay Dudney Nature Center

Heritage Park

The City will continue to monitor the weather and respond as needed over the next 24 hours. Several City departments, including Public Works, Police, and Fire, have staff on standby ready to assist with street barricades and flooding, debris removal, and any other emergency assistance should the need arise.
new flash flood map

During extended periods of heavy rainfall, water levels in a street can quickly rise and the rate at which water is flowing can quickly change. It only takes 6 inches of water to knock you off your feet. It takes just 12 inches of water to carry off a small car; 18 to 24 inches for larger vehicles. Do not walk or drive into water. When approaching a flooded street, turn around, don’t drown. More than half of the death’s from flooding each year occur in vehicles.
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