Tropical Storm Harvey Update, Spring Creek Flooding, and 2 Shelters Open
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reported area flooding conditions continue to worsen as Tropical Storm Harvey stalls over and brings moisture from the Gulf over our area. Most of Montgomery County has seen more than 7 inches of rainfall over the last 24 hours. We can expect to see an additional 15-25 inches from Sunday to Friday.
Current river forecast:
• The West Fork of the San Jacinto near Conroe is currently in minor flood stage at
112.84 ft. and is forecast to crest Monday afternoon in major flood stage at 120.2 ft.
• The East Fork of the San Jacinto near New Caney is currently in moderate flood stage at 63.94 ft. and is forecast to crest tonight in moderate flood stage at 67.2 ft.
• Spring Creek near Spring is currently in moderate flood stage at 96.01 ft. and is forecast to crest late tomorrow tonight in major flood stage at 110.4 ft.
• Spring Creek at Tomball is in minor flood stage at 161.67 ft. and is forecast to crest tonight in major flood stage at 165.5 ft.
• Peach Creek near Splendora is currently in major flood stage at 19.58 ft. and is forecast to crest tomorrow morning in major flood stage at 21.9 ft.
• Caney Creek near Splendora is currently at 17.58 feet and is forecast to crest tomorrow morning in major flood stage at 22.8ft.
• The West Fork of the San Jacinto near Porter is currently at 75.45 feet and is forecast to crest Tuesday morning in minor flood stage at 87ft.
If you border Spring Creek, you may be susceptible to flooding. “Spring Creek is expected to crest within the next 24 hours. Make plans to protect your property and family. If you can leave, do so now” advises Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, who has established shelters at the following locations:
· St Simon and Jude Catholic Church, 26777 Glen Loch Drive, The Woodlands, TX
· Wildwood United Methodist Church, 8911 FM 1488, Magnolia (near Lake Windcrest Subdivison) Go to https://mctxoem.org/ for additional alerts and advisories including road closures.
Villages in The Woodlands that border up to Spring Creek include Creekside Park, Panther Creek, Grogan’s Mill including Grogan’s Point, Indian Springs, and Sterling Ridge. More specific neighborhoods within these Villages that could be affected will be released shortly.
Go to https://mctxoem.org/ for additional alerts and advisories including road closures.
The Woodlands Fire Department and Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) urges all residents to remain indoors and off of the roadways. Major shopping areas are closed. Please see Montgomery County’s Water Over Roads current list: https://mctxoem.org/high-water-roadways-08262017-1026am/
If your life is in danger call 911. Please refrain from contacting emergency services unless you are experiencing an emergency.
The Woodlands Fire Department reminds all residents to stay out of rising waters due to unpredictable currents and unforeseen dangers.
If you have to get out for some reason, remember to “Turn Around Don’t Drown” if you encounter high water.
Conroe ISD, Magnolia ISD closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Tomball ISD will be closed all week.
According to The Woodlands Joint Powers Association (WJPA), there is no truth to the rumors on the interruption of water service to residents and businesses.
Waste Management will not be operating Monday for solid waste pickup or recycling.
Interfaith of The Woodlands will be putting correspondence out tomorrow regarding needs in The Woodlands and surrounding areas. They will need volunteers as the storm passes dealing with and distributing supplies. Watch the Interfaith of The Woodlands website and social media for more information (https://woodlandsinterfaith.org).
Tropical Storm Harvey is currently tracking to the south. It is forecasted to reach the coast followed by a turn to N/NE by Tuesday, August 29, 2017, tracking towards the Houston Metro area. Montgomery County will remain on the wet side of the storm bringing additional rainfall to the area.
The Woodlands Fire Department and Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) continues to monitor the storm forecast.
Spring Creek is out of its banks at Kuykendahl and IH-45.
Sunday (7a-7p) rainfall predictions are between are between 4-6 inches. An additional 2 to 3 inches of rain is forecast from 7pm tonight until 7am tomorrow. Amounts are dependent on the intensity and duration of rain bands from the storm. Areas to west and south of The Woodlands have experienced higher levels of rainfall over night.
The Woodlands area has received an approximate total of 17.3 inches of rain since the event’s onset.
Minor power outages are being reported. Centerpoint and Entergy are working diligently to make necessary repairs.
Lake Conroe is currently performing controlled releases from the lake into the West Fork of the San Jacinto River.
All available fire department resources are in position to respond when needed. The Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor the situation, and provide updates when necessary.
Source: The Woodlands Township