Harris-Montgomery Counties MUD 386 is actively monitoring tropical activity in the Gulf of Mexico that is forecasted to impact the Houston area throughout today, Wednesday, June 5th and tomorrow, June 6th. Currently 4-6 inches of rainfall is forecasted through Thursday, June 6th.

Why is there a Flash Flood Watch tonight through Thursday morning?
The US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas issued the watch due to potential high rainfall RATES over the next couple days. We’re not expecting a high TOTAL amount of rainfall, but it’s hard to predict right now what areas will see rates as high as 2-3 inches per hour.

What does this mean for you?
It sounds basic, but if it seems like it’s raining hard, it probably is. If you’re driving and get caught in the heavy rainfall, exercise extreme caution. If you’re driving when the rain moves in, get off the road and to a safe, high, place since flash flooding can occur on streets and low areas.

How can you prepare?
First: Today and tonight before it gets dark you can clear drains, ditches, gutters, and curbs of debris that can wash into drains and cause street flooding. Stay hydrated and be mosquito smart! If you have a yard crew coming today, tell them not to blow your yard waste into the road.
Second: Secure anything in your yard that could wash away if it rains hard on your property.
Third: Check the weather before you go, since the rain is hard to predict and can quickly cause flooding. Plan around the storms if you can since flooded roads can stall your car leading to permanent or expensive damage to your vehicle.

Rivers and Flooding
Right now our rivers are high but well within their banks. Unless the situation changes dramatically, we are not expecting any river impacts at this time. If rain falls at a rate of 3 inches per hour or more, isolated areas may see some flash flooding.

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