INCHES POOR HOUR. THE SHERIFF TELLS US THIS MAKES HARVEY LOOK LIKE A LITTLE THUNDERSTORM. THE HOSPITAL HAS BEEN EVACUATED . THIS IS A LIVE LOOK AT MEGA DOPPLER 13. HOSPITAL TOOK ON FOUR TO SIX INCHES OF WATER. ROUTERS ARE FLOODING. FAMILIES HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR HELP TRYING TO EVACUATE FROM THEIR HOMES. ROADS ARE IMPASSABLE ALL ACROSS EASTERN COUNTIES. >>HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE FLOODING IN BEAUMONT. CARS ARE STRANDED. THIS IS A LIST OF MULTIPLE SCHOOL DISTRICTS CLOSED TODAY. CLEVELAND, DAYTON, EAST CHAMBERS, LIBERTY, SANTA FE AND TEXAS ISD. MORE CLOSURES ARE COMING IN AND WE WILL UPDATE THE LIST AT ABC13.COM. WE ALSO HAVE THEM SCROLLING AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN. >>>GOOD MORNING. IT IS SEPTEMBER 19. WE WANT TO GET RIGHT TO THE WEATHER DEPARTMENT. THEY CALL IT DIRE. >>UNFORTUNATELY, A NEW DAY IN A NEW LOCATION. YESTERDAY WE WERE TALKING ABOUT SOME FLASH FLOODING DOWN TOWARD MATAGORDA THE WE’RE STARTING TO SEE STORMS FIRE UP ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF TOWN AROUND LAKE HOUSTON. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EXPANDED THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING. THE THREAT IS NOW INTO PORTIONS OF PINEY WOODS AND ALSO MONTGOMERY COUNTY UNTIL 11 AM. LIBERTY COUNTY, CHAMBERS COUNTY, A FLASH FLOOD WARNING INCLUDING A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY. NOT JUST STREETS BEING FLOODED. WE ARE TALKING WATER INTO HOMES. FIVE TO SIX FEET OF WATER. PEOPLE ARE STAYING PUT BECAUSE THEY KNOW THERE ARE VERY STRONG STORMS THROWING DOWN VERY CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. DANGEROUS. WE DID HAVE A TORNADO WARNING AROUND CHAMBERS COUNTY. WITH THE LATEST ON THAT AND ANYTHING ELSE AS FAR AS ROTATION HERE IS COLIN MYERS.>>>YES. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ALL MORNING. IT HAS BEEN WILD. ONE TORNADO WARNING THANKFULLY DID NOT LAST VERY LONG. IF WE GET A CHANCE, IF WE COULD BRING UP THE STORM TRACKER AS WELL, THE TRACKER IS IN WHEN HE. IF WE GET THAT SHOT WE WILL BRING IT UP. THE STEAK THE LIGHTNING DATA OFF. THE TORN ATTIC SIGNATURE WAS IN TIMBERS COUNTY AND IT DIED OFF QUICKLY. I WANTED TAKE OF THE DOPPLER WINDOW SO YOU CAN SEE IT. IT IS THE BLUE AND GREEN. EXCUSE ME IT’S THE RED AND GREEN. THAT IS TIGHTENING UP AGAIN. THESE WILL BE CYCLICAL. RAMP UP AND THEN BACK DOWN. WEST OF WHEN HE, WHERE OUR TRUCK IS, THAT’S WHERE THE TITANS LOCATION AND ROTATION IS. I AM CONCERNED WITH THAT AND ONE OTHER SELF. YOU ARE WATCHING THIS STREAM, THESE CELLS ARE DIPPING INTO HARRIS COUNTY. IT’S HEAVILY POPULATED. THERE IS ROTATION ON THIS EDGE NORTH OF CROSBY. ROTATION THAT I AM WATCHING VERY CLOSELY EAST OF BUSH AIRPORT. WHEN YOU GET JAGGED EDGES LIKE THIS, YOU SEE ROTATION WITH CLOUD BASES AS LOW AS THEY ARE AND YOU SEE THE LIVE SHOT. YOU SEE ALL THOSE BOXES. WE ARE WATCHING THIS CLOSELY. AS THESE DIVE INTO METRO THERE WILL BE AND ELEVATED TORNADO THREAT. THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS WATCH THIS AREA FOR THE POTENTIAL FOR TORN ATTIC PROBABILITY. THERE WERE TORNADOES ON THE GROUND IN CHAMBERS COUNTY, TWO TO THREE OF THEM. WE WILL WATCH OF THESE MOVE INTO HARRIS COUNTY TOWARD THE HARDY TOLL ROAD, THIS WILL BE THE PRIMARY OF CONCERN FOR TORN ATTIC ACTIVITY OVER THE COMING HOURS. WE WILL WATCH THIS FOR YOU ALL MORNING. THAT ONE HAS EXPIRED, FOR CHAMBERS COUNTY. IF WE GET ANOTHER ONE WE WILL PROBABLY GO LIVE ON THE AIR IF IT IS IN HARRIS COUNTY. >>>LOOK AT THIS BACK BUILDING HAPPENING BEHIND THIS FEEDER BAND. NUMEROUS LIGHTNING STRIKES. THIS THE HAS BEEN PULSING UP STEADILY AND WE’RE SEEING RAIN AND INTENSE LIGHTNING STRIKES. THE THUNDER BOOMERS ACROSS THE AREA. THAT WILL SHIFT FURTHER SOUTH. THIS IS MAX TO, CAN WE GO BACK TO MAX 1? FUTURE TRACK WILL GO SOUTH THIS AFTERNOON. YOU CAN SEE THE SHOWERS AND STORMS ALONG THE EDGE OF THE FEEDER BAND. THAT WILL MAKE ITS WAY INTO GRIMES COUNTY AND MAGNOLIA AS WELL AS THE WOODLANDS. BE PREPARED FOR HEAVY RAIN CONTINUING TO MOVE INTO YOUR AREA. I KNOW YOU SEE THUNDER AND LIGHTNING. WE HAVE IMPASSABLE ROADS WITH SOME THUNDER AND LIGHTNING THAT HAS AARTI BEEN IN YOUR AREA AND DROPPING DOWN HIGH RAINFALL RATES. BY LUNCHTIME IN HOUSTON, IT LOOKS LIKE IF THIS COMPUTER MODEL IS RIGHT, WE COULD BE DEALING WITH A FEW HOURS OF SEEING SOME POTENTIALLY HEAVY RAIN WITH INTENSE RAINFALL RATES, TWO TO THREE INCHES PER HOUR. LATER THIS EVENING WE WILL HAVE SOME AND 10 CITY WEAKENING. WE WILL HAVE MORE IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. >>>OKAY. THE NORTHEAST SIDE IS SEEING PROBLEMS. THERE IS WATER ON THE ROADS.>> WE’RE NEAR SPLENDORA. WE HEAR COMING DOWN. CATHERINE?>>GOOD MORNING. WE HAVE SEEN WATER GO UP ABOUT SIX INCHES IN THE LAST 30 MINUTES. IT HAS COME DOWN HARD AND FAST. ALL THIS WATER YOU’RE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW WAS NOT HERE AT 6:30. WE WERE DRIVING THROUGH HERE. THIS IS EAST RIVER ROAD IN THE 59 FEEDER ROAD. NONE OF THIS WAS HERE WHEN WE DROVE THROUGH EARLIER BUT WE WERE HAVING TROUBLE SEEING THE LINES ON THE ROADS SO WE DECIDED TO PULL OVER UNDER THE OVERPASS. SOME DRIVERS WERE ATTEMPTING IT. YOU CAN SEE IN THE DISTANCE, ONE TRUCK GOT STOPPED AND THE DRIVER, WE SAW HIM WAITING OUT IN THE WATER. HE ABANDONED HIS VEHICLE BECAUSE THE WATER CAME UP SO HIGH SO QUICKLY. I SPOKE WITH THE POLICE OFFICER. HE SAYS THAT NORTH OF HERE THE WATER IS ABOUT ONE TO THREE FEET HIGH ONE THE FEEDER ROAD. HE IS ASKING PEOPLE NOT TO USE THE 59 FEEDER ROAD NORTH OF SPLENDORA AROUND EAST RIVER ROAD AND IT IS RISING VERY RAPIDLY. WE ARE ABOUT TO RELOCATE. STAY HOME IF YOU CAN. DO NOT GO OUT. WE HAVE A TRAIN SIGNAL BEHIND US. IT HAS BEEN GOING OFF BECAUSE THE LIGHTNING STRUCK IT ABOUT 30 MINUTES AGO. WE HAD SOME VERY INTENSE THUNDER AND LIGHTNING. IT HAS DIED DOWN SINCE THEM. WE HAVE HEARD THOSE BELLS GO OFF SINCE ABOUT 6:30. OKAY. THANK YOU. THEN, THE DUMP TRUCKS AND AIR BOOTS ARE BEING USED TO RESCUE PEOPLE FROM JEFFERS TO BEAUMONT. >>RAIN FALLING AT SIX INCHES PER HOUR. ABOUT 60 MILES EAST ON INTERSTATE 10, STEVE IS STANDING BY LIVE. YOU HAVE SHOWN US SOME INCREDIBLE PICTURES. >>IT HAS BEEN RELENTLESS OUT HERE. WE ARE BACK IN THE 711 SHELTERING IN PLACE LIKE SO MANY OUT HERE. THERE IS A TORNADO WARNING IN EFFECT. LET’S GO OUTSIDE. YOU CAN SEE HOW HEAVY THIS RAIN IS. IT CONTINUES TO FALL OUT HERE RIGHT NOW. THE LIGHTNING HAS BEEN GOING ON. LOOK AT ALL THE CARS HERE. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO EITHER PULLED OFF THE ROAD OR RAN OUT OF THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD I’M GOING TO VENTURE OUT HERE TO GIVE YOU SOME LIVE PICTURES. AS THE SUN COMES UP, LET’S TURN AROUND. I WANT YOU TO SEE THAT PICKUP TRUCK. YOU CAN GET A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE OUT HERE DURING THE DAYLIGHT OR AS THE SUN IS COMING UP. THERE IS ANOTHER CAR IN THE DISTANCE. THIS IS LIVE AT 124. THIS IS THE MAIN ROAD INTO WINNIE. IT IS UNDER WATER. EARLIER WE SAW AN AIRBOAT GO BY. THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN CHAMBERS COUNTY. IT IS NOT SAFE TO BE ON THE ROADS. WE HAVE MENTIONED THIS ALL MORNING. AS WE HAVE SPOKEN WITH PEOPLE THEY HAVE SHARED THEIR STORIES. IT’S EITHER THE HOUSE TOOK ON WATER SO WE LEFT THE NEIGHBORHOOD OR WE DIDN’T REALIZE IT WAS GOING TO BE SO DEEP. THIS IS WHAT ONE WHEN ONE WOMAN TOLD US EARLIER. >>I HAVE BEEN IN THE SAME HOUSE FOR 21 YEARS. IT HAS NEVER FLOODED. IT IS FLOODED NOW. IT HAS, I WAS OVER THERE ABOUT THREE HOURS AGO. IT HAD FOUR INCHES OF WATER IN THE HOUSE.>>WHEN YOU LOOK OUT RIGHT NOW YOU SEE THIS ROAD UNDERWATER, WHAT YOU FEEL LIKE? >>IT IS SO SAD. IT’S VERY SAD. IT’S DEVASTATING. I AM SITTING HERE BECAUSE I CAN’T GET ACROSS HIGHWAY. I’M TOO SCARED TO GO ACROSS HIGHWAY. >>I HAVE BEEN HERE ALL MY LIFE AND THIS IS THE WORST I HAVE SEEN IT. I’VE NEVER SEEN IT LIKE THIS. EVEN HARVEY WASN’T THIS BAD. I WENT TO THE SHELTER. THIS IS TERRIBLE. >>>>REPORTER: THOSE ARE JUST SOME OF THE COUNTLESS STORIES WE HAVE HEARD OUT HERE. THIS IS SOME OF THE RAIN FALLING OFF THE AWNING. I HAVE BEEN SAYING RELENTLESS BECAUSE THAT IS HOW PEOPLE HAVE DESCRIBED IT. THIS IS LON DONALD. WE ARE ON TV LIVE. I WANTED TO TALK TO YOU BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE MIDNIGHT? >>1130 LAST NIGHT. >>WHAT YOU FEEL LIKE RIGHT NOW? >>I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY AND I CAN’T GET ANY HOW THE MACHINE. I CAN’T GET TO MY HOUSE. HIM ALL WET, TIRED OF BEING WET. SO YOU HAVE LIVED HERE A LONG TIME? WHAT IS IT LIKE TO SEE WHEN HE LIKE THIS RIGHT NOW? SO IT IS SAD. EVERYBODY HELPS EVERYBODY HERE. WE ALL PULL TOGETHER.>>ARE YOU TAKEN BACK BY MOTHER NATURE. THIS IS INCREDIBLE RIGHT NOW. SO IT IS RIDICULOUS. A WEEK AGO WE WERE IN A DROUGHT. YOU COULDN’T GO TO BIRD HUNTING OR DUCKHUNTING. NOW WE HAVE FLOODS.>>WE HAVE SEEN HIGH WATER RESCUE VEHICLES OUT HERE. TELL ME WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN HERE FOR SO MANY HOURS? >>I HAVE SEEN TWO AIRBOATS AND A BIG MILITARY TRUCK. ONE OF THEM HAD ABOUT 15 DOGS IN IT AND 10 OR 15 PEOPLE IN IT. >>GIVE OUR VIEWERS A SENSE OF HOW WINNIE MAY BE HURTING. I HAVE SEEN TEARS IN YOUR EYES AND HOW IS WHEN HE FEELING RIGHT NOW? >>REAL BAD. >>THEY JUST NEED HELP. I HOPE THE GOVERNMENT HELPS A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE. THE LAST TIME THEY SAID I FILLED THE PAPERWORK OUT WRONG. I HAD TO COME UP WITH ALL THE MONEY. I JUST BOUGHT A NEW TRAILER ANNOUNCE UNDERWATER. SO YOU SAID YOU LEFT IT WITH WATER A LITTLE BIT BELOW. ARE YOU FEARFUL THE WATER IS INSIDE? >>YES. THE WATER HAS COME UP. PROBABLY AFOOT. I HAVE BEEN LIVING AT THAT ONE SPOT FOR 11 YEARS. I WAS BORN — WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU. WERE GOING TO GET OUT OF THIS, YOU SHOULD AS WELL. SO A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHELTERING IN THEIR CARS. WERE GOING TO GO BACK INTO THE 7-ELEVEN BECAUSE THE LIGHTNING OUT HERE IS INCREDIBLE. I KEEP GOING BACK TO RELENTLESS. THE WATER IS FALLING AND IT FEELS LIKE SOMEBODY IS DROPPING BUCKETS ON US. YOU CAN SEE AT THE 711 PEOPLE ARE HOPING THE RAIN RELENTS. THEY WANT TO GO BACK TO THEIR HOMES AND TO THEIR FAMILIES HOMES AND THEY WANT TO SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING AND IF THEIR HOUSE IS SAFE. THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE LOVED ONES ARE SAFE. IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT TO DO ANYTHING. >>OKAY. WE ARE UP ON ABC13. YOU HAVE BEEN OUT HERE FOR HOURS. YOU HAVE YOUR KIDS WITH YOU. NINE HOURS. HOW MUCH YOU JUST WANT TO GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW? >>I JUST WANT TO GO AND SEE HOW BAD IT IS. I JUST WANT TO GO HOME.>>YOU SAID YOU LEFT BECAUSE IT WAS TAKING ON WATER? >>WE LEFT BECAUSE OF THE TORNADO WARNINGS. I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY MORE STORMS OUR HOUSE CAN TAKE. >>WHEN YOU LOOK AT AND YOU SEE THE WATER, GIVE ME A SENSE DASHED LINE CODE DEPRESSING. >>TO HEAR THE STORIES YOU HERE AND ABOUT PEOPLE AND WATER COMING UP TO THEIR BEDS. IT’S JUST HORRIBLE.>>ARE YOU TAKEN BACK BY MOTHER NATURE? LENGTH OF THE SYSTEM, ARE YOU TAKEN BACK BY MOTHER NATURE AND WHAT SHE’S DOING OUT HERE? >>IT IS SHOCKING.>>>OKAY A FLASH FLOOD IT EMERGENCY. THIS INCLUDES LIBERTY IN CHAMBERS COUNTY. A STRETCH OF HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUING TO BACKFILL. WE ARE GOING TO GO TO ABC13, CHANNEL 13, DO A QUICK UPDATE FOR GOOD MORNING AMERICA AND I’LL BE BACK WITH YOU ON DIGITAL. GOOD MORNING. DIRE SITUATION DEVELOPING OUT TOWARD LIBERTY IN CHAMBERS COUNTY. A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR LIBERTY, CHAMBERS, JEFFERSON AND ORANGE COUNTY. WE HAVE A SITUATION HERE WHERE RAINFALL RATES HAVE BEEN IN EXCESS OF THREE TO FIVE INCHES. OVER 20 OH INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN. THOSE OF YOU IN HOUSTON PREPARE FOR THIS MOVING IN LATER ON THIS MORNING INTO THE AFTERNOON. OKAY.>>>THAT WE ARE BACK ON DIGITAL. WE HAVE TO COMBINE THIS COVERAGE WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING ON LIVE TV. GOING BACK, I WANT TO REVERSE THIS AND GO OVER WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. IF YOU ARE JUST WAKING UP AND LOOKING FOR WHETHER OR NOT YOU WILL SEE SOME OF THIS RAIN AND HEAVY FLOODING THAT WE ARE SEEING OUT TOWARD THE NEEDS NORTH AND EAST, IT LOOKS LIKE THE SYSTEM IS MOVING SOUTHEAST. AT SOME POINT THE COMPUTER MODEL SHOW THIS LINE WILL EVENTUALLY START TO PUSH TOWARD THE SOUTH INTO THE HOUSTON AREA. RIGHT NOW THE MORNING COMMUTE SHOULD BE OKAY. LATER THIS MORNING AND THIS AFTERNOON WE MAY RUN INTO TROUBLE. THIS THEATER BAND HAS SET UP. THIS IS INTO JEFFERSON COUNTY. WE’RE SEEING BACK BUILDING. WHAT IS HAPPENING, WE ARE STARTING TO GET AN INFLOW, THE SOUTHERLY BREEZE COMING IN FROM THE GOLF. IS TAPPING INTO MOISTURE THAT WE ARE SING ALONG THIS CONVERGENCE ZONE. WE’RE SEEING SHOWERS IN THE LINE OF HEAVY RAIN FORMING. LIGHTNING STRIKES ARE 1300. EARLIER THIS MORNING WE HAD 6000. IT’S NOT WEAKENING BETTER AT TIMES WE SEE STORMS PULSE UP AND THEN PULSED BACK DOWN. FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO INCLUDE MONTGOMERY COUNTY. THE TIMELINE IS UNTIL 11 O’CLOCK THIS MORNING. HERE YOU CAN SEE A CLUSTER OF VERY HEAVY RAIN. WHEN YOU SEE THESE BRIGHT LIGHTNING STRIKES, YOU KNOW IT IS COMING DOWN. YOU KNOW THE INTENSITY IS IN THREE TO FIVE INCHES. SO YOU SAY ARE WE GOING TO BE IMPACTED? WHAT ABOUT THE COAST. THIS HEAVY LINE IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO FORM AND WE WILL SEE THAT BACK BUILDING OUT TOWARD THE WEST. IT WILL IMPACT SEVERAL COUNTIES. THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOUSTON, YOU MAY BE IN THE THICK OF THINGS. WE COULD HAVE HIGH RAINFALL RATES. WE COULD BE DEALING WITH STREET FLOODING AND RAPID RISES IN SOME BAYOUS AND CREEKS AND AREAS THAT WERE FLOODED YESTERDAY OR SO HIGH INTENSITY RAINFALL RATES, YOU COULD BE IN JEOPARDY AGAIN AS THE LINE CONTINUES TO SAG IN THE SOUTH. HEAVY DOWNPOURS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND DURING THE EVENING. RAINFALL TOTALS COULD BE IN EXCESS OF 10 INCHES IN THOSE ISOLATED SPOTS. THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO EXPIRE, THAT IS BEEN EXTENDED. WE’RE SEEING FLASH FLOOD WATCHES BEING EXPANDED TOWARD THE WEST. FORT BEND COUNTY AND GRIMES COUNTY AND AREAS TO OUR NORTH AND EAST. MOST AREAS WILL PICK UP THREE TO SIX INCHES. UNFORTUNATELY, YOU KNOW WE CAN’T HANDLE ANYMORE RAIN. WE WILL TAKE A LOOK AT TRAFFIC COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. >>>BREAKING NEWS.>>>GOOD MORNING. WE ARE STILL UNDER A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED THIS JUST AFTER 1 AM. LIBERTY COUNTY, CHAMBERS COUNTY, JEFFERSON AND ORANGE COUNTY ARE SEEING THE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY CONTINUING AS IT RESCUES ARE GOING ON. BUILDINGS ARE TAKING IN WATER. EVACUATIONS IN THIS AREA. YOU NEED TO STAY PUT UNLESS YOU’RE BEING EVACUATED. THE RADAR SHOWS BACK FILLING. THIS HEAVY RAIN WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH SOUTHWARD THROUGH THE MORNING. IT IS VERY ELECTRICAL. WE’RE SEEING VERY HEAVY STORMS THROWING DOWN RAINFALL THREE TO FIVE INCHES PER HOUR. IT IS NOT MOVING TOO FAST. IT IS GOING SOUTH AND EAST. WE WILL SEE THE SOUTHERLY PUSH OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS AND INTO THE AFTERNOON IT COULD IMPACT HOUSTON. WE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE ROADWAYS.>>>WE ARE STARTING TO SEE THE IMPACT OF THE SEVERE WEATHER IN CONROE. THIS IS HIGHWAY 145. HIGH WATER IN THE UNDERPASS. NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND IS BLOCKED. THIS GUY IS BARELY MAKING IT THROUGH. YOU CAN SEE HIS HEADLIGHTS JUST ABOVE WATER. THIS IS DANGEROUS. WE HAVE SEEN HEAVY RAINS CAUSING LOW VISIBILITY. IF YOU GO FROM WOODLANDS TO WILLIS, THIS IS YOUR DRIVE, THE NORTH FREEWAY AT LOOP 336 IS SLOW-GROWING AND DANGEROUS IN SOME LOCATIONS DUE TO HIGH WATER. GETTING OUT OF YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU A SAFE DRIVE. WE ARE ALSO HAVING TROUBLE ON INTERSTATE 45. IN CHAMBERS COUNTY INTERSTATE 10 IS CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. WE WILL HAVE MORE FOR YOU COMING UP. >>>GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME BACK. WE ARE CONTINUING TO CHECK ON RAINFALL TOTALS AND FLOODING BEING EXPERIENCED FROM JEFFERSON COUNTY TO CHAMBERS COUNTY. A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY, RARE CALL BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAS ISSUED FOR WHEN HE AND BEAUMONT IS UNDERWATER AS WELL. SOME PEOPLE SAY IT IS MUCH WORSE THAN HARVEY. >>THE SHERIFF AND WHEN HE SAID THAT. WE WANT TO GO THERE. COURTNEY FISHER IS THERE. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? WHAT ARE YOU SEEING RIGHT NOW? >>GOOD MORNING. WE HAD TO TAKE COVER. WE WERE IN 7-ELEVEN WITH STEVE. WE ARE GOING TO THREE MILES PER HOUR TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON’T CREATE A HUGE WAKE. WE ARE DRIVING AMONG FLOODED OUT BUSINESSES AND HOMES. IS STARTING TO GET A LITTLE LIGHTER SO WE CAN SEE THE GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION. WE HAVE BEEN SEEING IT ALL MORNING BECAUSE WE WERE INSIDE PEOPLE’S HOMES. I KNOCKED ON THE DOOR TO TELL THEM THE NEWS. SO MANY PEOPLE WANT PEOPLE IN THE CITY TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON IN SMALL TOWNS LIKE WHEN HE AND OUTSIDE OF HOUSTON. THEY TOOK US INSIDE AND THIS IS THE WATER RUSHING INTO THEIR HOMES. SOME PEOPLE HAVE A FOOT IN THEIR HOMES. IF YOU ARE JUST JOINING US, I KEEP SAYING THIS BUT I CAN’T GET OVER THE SHERIFF SAYING THE SHERIFF’S COUNTY HAS 20% OF THEIR POPULATION FLOODED. TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA HOW FAST THIS WATER RUSHED IN, THEY WERE DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT THEY SHOULD STAY OR LEAVE. IN ABOUT 10 MINUTES WHILE THEY WERE HAVING THAT DISCUSSION THE WATER CAME RUSHING IN. THEY GET GATHERED CANNED GOODS AND PUT THEM UNDER THEIR BOOKCASES, UNDER BEDS, THE KITCHEN TABLE. THAT IS HOW QUICKLY THEY HAD TO THINK AND RAISE EVERYTHING UP TO TRY TO SAVE IT. ALMOST EVERYONE I TALKED TO HAS WATER IN THEIR HOMES AND THESE PEOPLE JUST GOT BACK IN THEIR HOME IN APRIL OR MAY AND NOW THEY ARE DEALING WITH THIS. THIS IS WHERE STEVE HAS BEEN ALL MORNING. THIS IS THE 7-ELEVEN WHERE WE TOOK COVER. THESE CARS ALMOST LOOK LIKE HOT WILLS TILTED IN DITCHES. THAT’S HOW QUICKLY THE WATER MOVED UP AND PICK PEOPLE UP. IT IS BEEN VERY EMOTIONAL. ONE WOMAN BROKE DOWN ABOUT AN HOUR AGO. LISTEN.>>ONCE THE WATER STARTED COMING IN AND WE GOT SCARED. BUT FOR HARVEY THERE WERE PEOPLE , MY PARENTS, THERE WERE PEOPLE WAY WORSE THAN US. THAT IS WHY AM STILL THANKFUL. IT IS GOING TO BE OKAY. IS JUST A HOUSE. WE HAVE INSURANCE, THANK GOD. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE IT NOW AFTER HARVEY. >>THANK GOD, INDEED. >>A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING THAT SAME THING. YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE TRYING TO MAKE THEIR WAY ACROSS DOWN. IN FRONT OF US IS ROUTE 73. YOU CAN SEE FLASHING LIGHTS AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES. AIRBOATS HAVE BEEN OUT. I ASKED THE SHERIFF IF PEOPLE ARE STUCK IN THEIR HOME AND PANICKED, WHAT SHOULD THEY DO. HE SAID IF YOU ARE NOT ELDERLY AND YOU DON’T NEED MEDICATION ARE NOT DISABLED, TRY TO STAY PUT. THEY HAVE TO GET TO THE PEOPLE IN NEED RIGHT NOW. IT’S PUTTING ME AT A LOSS FOR WORDS AS WE MAKE OUR WAY TOWARD 73. WE WILL SEND IT BACK TO YOU. >>IT’S UNBELIEVABLE. IT JUST CONTINUES. RIGHT. WE KNOW INTERSTATE 10 IS CLOSE. DON’T TRY TO GO EAST ON INTERSTATE 10. >>RIGHT. I SPOKE TO THE BOW MOUNT OFFICE AND THEY ARE TELLING ME THAT NOT JUST ACCESS ROADS, I-10. A LOT OF COUNTY ROADS AND STATE HIGHWAYS ARE ALSO CLOSED. THEY CONTINUE TO SEE WEATHER CONDITIONS TO SHOULD DETERIORATE. YOUR TRIP TO BEAUMONT IS NOT ADVISABLE THIS MORNING. I CAN’T SAY THAT ENOUGH. ALSO, YOUR MORNING COMMUTE, TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING. THIS IS STATE HIGHWAY 105. ALL OF THIS IS WATER. THAT’S WHY NOTHING IS PASSING THROUGH THE INTERSECTION. IT IS NOT PASSABLE. UNDERNEATH, RIGHT HERE, 145, EXCUSE ME I-45. THIS IS HAPPENING AT 105. TRAFFIC IS STARTING TO BACK UP BECAUSE NOBODY CAN GET THROUGH THIS AREA. IT IS GOING AT ABOUT 20 MPH. SOME PEOPLE HAVE STOPPED. YOU CAN SEE FROM THE HEADLIGHTS THAT THE RAIN IS POURING DOWN. BE AWARE, MAJOR ISSUES. THIS IS AN AREA I WANT TO SHOW YOU. THIS IS 365 AND STATE HIGHWAY 124 BETWEEN BEAUMONT AND WINNIE. IT’S CLOSED.>>THERE IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY HAPPENING AND BEAUMONT. WE ARE GETTING NEW VIDEO FROM VIEWERS. THIS IS DAVID WESLEY. HE WAS DRIVING WESTBOUND BETWEEN WHEN HE AND BEAUMONT. HE SAID THERE IS WATER AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE. INTERSTATE 10 IS CLOSED THIS MORNING AND MANY AREAS ARE IMPASSABLE. OVERNIGHT THE RAINFALLS WERE FIVE INCHES PER HOUR. SOME OF THE WORST FLOODING SINCE HARVEY. HAMPSHIRE HAS GOTTEN 28 INCHES OF RAIN IN THE LAST 48 HOURS. THEY ARE DOING HOUSE RESCUES. WE SAW AIRBOATS AND FIRE TRUCKS TRYING TO GET PEOPLE OUT OF HOUSES THIS MORNING. ABANDONED VEHICLES LITTER THE CITY. THE SAME THING IN BEAUMONT. THE TV STATION HAD TO EVACUATE BECAUSE THEY ARE FLOODING. >>WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE RADAR YOU KNOW THIS IS NOT MOVING FAST ENOUGH. WE’RE SEEING STORMS MOVE SOUTHEAST AT ABOUT 15 MPH. THIS IS THE SETUP WE TOLD YOU ABOUT A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO. THE FEEDER BANDS ARE TRAINING OVER THE SAME AREAS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THAT IS WHAT SET UP THE SHOWERS AND STORMS. THIS HAPPENED AT ABOUT 10 O’CLOCK LAST NIGHT. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SEEING STORMS MOVING SOUTHWARD AND COMBINING WITH INFLOW AND THE WARM AND MOIST AIR. THAT IS FUELING STORMS TO PAUL SUPPAN BRING IN INTENSE RAINFALL TOTALS. THREE TO FIVE INCHES PER HOUR. I WANT TO SHOW YOU RIGHT NOW THE LATEST ON THE RADAR AND THE WARNINGS. A FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR CHAMBERS COUNTY ALSO INCLUDED IS MONTGOMERY COUNTY. YOU ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY BUT LIBERTY COUNTY, WE SAW THAT EXPAND INTO NORTHWESTERN PARTS OF LIBERTY COUNTY AS THESE THUNDERSTORMS STARTED TO EXPAND AND INTENSIFY. STILL UNDER A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY IN CHAMBERS COUNTY. SOME OF YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD OF A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY. WHAT THAT BASICALLY MEANS IS THAT THEY ARE RARELY ISSUED UNLESS WE’RE SEEING SEVERE THREATS TO LIFE AND CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE FROM FLASH FLOODING. BEFORE THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES THESE EMERGENCIES THEY ISSUE SEVERAL FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS. THOUGH YOU HAVE BEEN ISSUING THOSE SINCE LAST NIGHT. NOW HOMES AND BUILDINGS AND HOSPITALS ARE TAKING IN WATER AND THEY ARE DOING WATER RESCUES BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CAUGHT OFF GUARD BY HOW FAST THE WATER HAS BEEN COMING DOWN. WE’RE TALKING SHEETS, TORRENTIAL RAINFALL. NORTHWESTERN SECTIONS EXCUSE ME NORTHEASTERN SECTIONS AROUND LAKE HOUSTON, THE SPLENDORA AREA AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PEACHTREE IS ALREADY OVER YOUR BANK. RAINFALL TOTALS HAVE BEEN PILING UP. YOU MENTIONED IT. OVER 20 INCHES OF RAIN. YES. THIS IS A RADAR ESTIMATE, CONSERVATIVE. WE ESTIMATE OVER 23 INCHES IN WINNIE. THE MAJORITY OF THE RAIN HAS FALLEN OVER THE LAST SIX TO 10 HOURS. IT HAS BEEN COMING AT THREE TO FOUR INCHES PER HOUR. I WANT TO SHOW YOU HUMBLE, YOU ARE SEEING THE LEADING EDGE OF RAIN. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND STORMS AROUND DOWNTOWN. WHEN DOES THE HEAVY RAIN ARRIVED FOR YOU? WE WILL WATCH THIS BACK BUILDING HAPPENING. THE INFLOW FROM THE STORM, THE CIRCULATION IS WEST OF LUFKIN. THE WIND FLOW AROUND THAT SYSTEM IS ALLOWING THE SHOWERS AND STORM TO FUEL UP. YOU CAN SEE THE LINE DRIFTING TOWARD THE SOUTH AND INTO HOUSTON AFTER 9 AM TODAY AND IT WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. WE WILL MONITOR RAINFALL RIGHTS. THAT COULD LEAD TO RAPID RISERS IN BAYOUS AND CREEKS AND COULD BE DEALING WITH STREET FLOODING AND HIGH WATER SPOTS AS WE MOVE FORWARD FOR THE EVENING COMMUTE. BACK TO YOU.>>>LET’S GET BACK TO COURTNEY FISHER. PEOPLE ARE WONDERING, HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO DRIVE AROUND? >>HEY CAN YOU HEAR ME? >>YES. WE CAN HEAR YOU. LIKE TO I’M SORRY. WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW HIGH THE WATER IS WHERE WE ARE. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE. IT’S HARD FOR US TO SEE OUT HERE. PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET AROUND AND YOU CAN SEE, IT LOOKS LIKE WHAT WE THINK IS A HIGH WATER VEHICLE PASSING UP WITH RESPONDER CREWS. THERE WAS NO ONE IN THE BACKSEAT. WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE OUR WAY TO INTERSTATE 73. THIS IS UNCHARTED TERRITORY. WE HAVEN’T BEEN HERE YET. I SEE WHY. LOOK AT THIS. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE. THERE’S VANS AND CARS AND TRUCKS AND ALL KINDS OF THINGS VEHICLES EVERYWHERE. IT LOOKS LIKE A TOY. TRAFFIC IS AT A STANDSTILL. THAT IS A STORY OUT HERE. PEOPLE ARE STUCK AS THIS RELENTLESS RAIN CONTINUES TO POUND WINNIE. PEOPLE ARE JUST STUCK AT THESE GAS STATIONS. SO MANY OF THEM IN THEIR CAR. THAT’S WHERE THEY HAD TO SPEND THE NIGHT. AGAIN, IS THE SHERIFF SAYS ON THE CONSERVATIVE SIDE HE BELIEVES 200 HOMES GOT WATER INSIDE THEM. THAT IS AN EARLY NUMBER. AS FAR AS RESCUES, THOSE HAPPENED EARLY IN THE MORNING. THEY BELIEVE EVERYONE IS SAFE RIGHT NOW. IF YOU ARE STUCK THEY ASK YOU STAY IN YOUR HOUSE. DON’T CALL 911 UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY. THEY WANT TO HELP THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED VERSE. I THINK, AS THE SUN COMES UP, WE WILL GET A BETTER IDEA AT A BETTER PICTURE OF HOW WIDESPREAD THIS SLIDING IS. LOOK AT THESE BUSINESSES. I SAW SOME WORKERS AT A DOUGHNUT SHOP. I’M SORRY. THIS IS INTERSTATE 10. THIS IS I-10 THAT WE ARE COMING UP FROM. SO WE KNOW FROM LISA, THIS IS SHUT DOWN. THIS IS WHERE PEOPLE HAVE SPENT THE NIGHT. ONE WOMAN GOT WATER IN HER HOUSE. HER HUSBAND CAN’T MAKE IT TO MILES HOME TO HELP HIS FAMILY. HE IS STUCK THERE. SO, THE SHERIFF’S SAID IT WAS DIRE. I CAN’T THINK OF A BETTER WORD TO DESCRIBE THIS SITUATION. WERE OBVIOUSLY NOT GOING TO GET ONTO INTERSTATE 10. YOU CAN SEE IT IS JUST A MESS OF TRAFFIC OUT THERE.>>YOU CAN SEE THE TURN LIGHTS THERE. >>RIGHT. >>THAT’S COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN. >>AND WE KEEP HEARING THE COMPARISON TO HURRICANE HARVEY. WE KNOW THAT YOU LIKE SO MANY OTHER REPORTERS WERE OUT IN THAT AS FAR AS HARVEY IS CONCERNED. HOW DO YOU COMPARE THIS COMPARED TO HURRICANE HARVEY? >>A METEOROLOGIST SAID IT’S SO HARD TO COMPARE. THEY ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. I HATE DOING THAT. WHEN YOU LOOK INTO THE EYES OF THESE PEOPLE WHO YOU’RE INTERVIEWING AND THE ONLY THING THEY CAN SAY IS IT WASN’T LIKE THIS DURING HARVEY, THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO DO. THEY COMPARE IT. THEY DIDN’T GET A FOOT OF HARVEY WATER. NOW THEY HAVE GOT MAD. ONE WOMAN SAID SHE THOUGHT IF SHE DIDN’T FLOOD DURING HARVEY, SHE WOULD BE FINE. WE WERE STANDING IN THE CALF DEEP WATER AND SHE IS WATCHING HER ENTIRE NEW FLOOR COME UP AND FLOAT AWAY. IT’S HARD TO TELL THESE PEOPLE, YOU CAN’T COMPARE THEM. THEY ARE DIFFERENT. TO THEM, THIS IS THEIR HOME. IT HAS BEEN RIPPED APART FOR SECOND TIME. BY THE WAY, SO MANY PEOPLE IN WINNIE JUST GOT DONE WITH HARVEY REPAIRS. THEY HAVEN’T BEEN IN THEIR NEW HOMES FOR MORE THAN A HALF A YEAR AND NOW THEY HAVE TO START OVER AGAIN. I THINK SO MANY OF THEM ARE AT A LOSS FOR WORDS THIS MORNING. >>THIS IS THE FEEDER ROAD THAT GOES INTO INTERSTATE 10. YOU CAN SEE THE 18 WHEELERS AND THE TRAFFIC PARKED THERE. TRAFFIC IS AT AN ABSOLUTE STANDSTILL. IT IS CONTINUING TO POUR IN WINNIE. WE WANT TO TELL VIEWERS THAT THE CAJUN NAVY IS LOOKING FOR RECRUITS IN WINNIE, BEAUMONT AND EVERYPLACE IN BETWEEN. GO TO THE EE LL OH AND SIGN IN. THEY WANT TO GET MORE HELP. THAT IS ZELLO.COM. AGAIN, ZELLO.COM. >>LOOK AT THE TRAFFIC ON INTERSTATE 10. YOU ARE JUST TALKING ABOUT IT BEING CLOSE. LOOK AT THE TRAFFIC. TOM MADE A GOOD POINT. THIS IS A CROSS COUNTRY CORRIDOR. SO PEOPLE IN HOUSTON WILL MAKE IT ALL THE WAY OUT TO BEAUMONT EVERY MORNING AND THEN COME HOME EVERY EVENING. A LOT OF PEOPLE GOT CAUGHT UP IN THIS. IT WASN’T REALLY — THERE ARE PLACES THAT ARE POSSIBLE AND THEN IMPOSSIBLE. THIS IS SHUT DOWN NOW. THE ACCESS ROADS ARE NOT REALLY VERY GOOD. THE MAIN LINES ARE TAKING ON WATER. 18 WHEELERS TELL THE STORY OF HOW MUCH TRAFFIC THIS INTERSTATE TAKES ON REGULARLY. IF THEY COULD GET OFF AND FIND THEIR WAY ACROSS FLOODED LANES, THEY WOULD DO SO. THEY HAVE FLOODING CONDITIONS AND ROAD CONDITIONS MAKING IT ALL TOO MUCH TO HANDLE. >>AND YOU STILL HERE IS, COURTNEY? GO I CAN. SOME PEOPLE ARE ASKING HOW IS IT THAT COURTNEY IS ABLE TO GET AROUND. EXPLAIN THE VEHICLE YOU ARE IN. >>REPORTER: I WILL TWEET OUT A VIDEO OF THIS TRUCK. I KNOW YOU CAN’T SEE IT, JUST THE CAMERAS ON ME. THIS IS A HEAVY DUTY PICKUP TRUCK. WE ARE LIFTED. OBVIOUSLY, EVERY TIME THERE IS A BARRIER UP, WE’LL GO AROUND IT. WE TALKED TO ONE FIREFIGHTER AND WE SAID CAN WE GET THROUGH BUT I’M GOING TO LEAVE YOU THIS WAY. SO WE WENT VERY SLOWLY. WERE GOING 10 MILES AN HOUR NOW. WE WENT ABOUT THREE MILES AWAY OUR IN FLOODED AREAS. THE FIREFIGHTER WALKED THROUGH THE WATER AND LET US THROUGH. JUST BECAUSE WE HAVE A TRUCK DOESN’T MEAN WERE GOING TO CHARGE THROUGH AND PASS THE BARRICADE. WE HAVE SEEN THOSE TRUCKS TOSSED ABOUT IN DITCHES AND WERE NOT TO TAKE A CHANCE. WERE ON THE FEEDER ROAD. I’M SORRY I HAVE TO GET BACK TO THIS DRIVING. >>THIS IS GOING ON FOR MILES. I THINK THIS IS OUR FIRST LOOK AT THIS BACKUP. OBVIOUSLY, WE CAN’T GET ON INTERSTATE 10 AND WE DIDN’T REALIZE THIS FEEDER WAS SO CLOSE. WE’RE SEEING FLORIDA LICENSE PLATE AND PEOPLE STUCK BECAUSE THEY WERE TRYING TO PASS THROUGH AND PROBABLY HAVE BEEN HERE FOR HOURS. THERE IS NO SIGN. >>ARE YOU EASTBOUND AS YOU GO THIS DIRECTION? >>CORRECT. WE ARE HEADED TOWARD BEAUMONT RIGHT NOW. EXACTLY. >>IT IS SHUT DOWN SO YOU WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO BEAUMONT THIS MORNING? >>RIGHT. I CAN’T ASSUME. I DON’T KNOW AT WHAT TIME THE FEEDER IS SHUT DOWN. I WONDER IF THERE WAS WATER OVER THE ROAD. IT HAS GONE DOWN A LITTLE BIT. AS FAR AS I — I THINK THERE WERE REPORTS OF WATER RUSHING OVER THE ROAD. IT LOOKS LIKE IT HAS GOTTEN QUIET BUT THE RAIN IS STILL COMING DOWN OUT HERE. SO I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT. LET’S GET AN UPDATE ON ROAD CONDITIONS.>>WE DON’T LIKE TO MAKE COMPARISONS BUT WHAT I HAVE NOTICED IS THAT IT IS NOT JUST ONE OR TWO ROADS. INTERSTATE 10 IS NOT THERE FOR YOU BUT THE ALTERNATE ROUTES ARE UNDERWATER AS WELL. WE ARE URGING PEOPLE TO STAY PUT. THIS IS CONROE, THIS IS STATE HIGHWAY 105. THE MAIN ARTERY IN AND OUT OF CONROE. THE NORTH AND SOUTHBOUND CORRIDOR. THEIR HAVING SERIOUS TROUBLE THIS MORNING. THEY HAVE BEEN POUNDED WITH RAIN. THIS IS A DIFFERENT ANGLE FROM THE TRANS START CAMERA. EVERYTHING IS BUMPER TO BE NOW AN ACCIDENT AT PARKER OUTBOUND. EVEN AFTER YOU’VE MADE IT THROUGH ALL THAT ROUGH WEATHER COMING OUT OF THE NORTH SIDE, NOW I HAVE AN ACCIDENT TO CONTEND WITH AS WELL. AND RUBBERNECKING AS WELL. SO, MESSY DRIVE DUE TO WEATHER IN THAT LOCATION. SOME OF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN DRIVE CONDITIONS THAT ARE VERY GOOD. OKAY. TRAFFIC AT ALL CRAWL COMING OUT OF PEARLAND. THIS IS JUST NORMAL TRAFFIC FOR A THURSDAY MORNING. THE GULF FREEWAY AT HOWARD, NOT TOO FAR FROM HOBBY AIRPORT, IS LOOKING GOOD IN COMPARISON. THIS TALK ABOUT HIGH WATER IN CHAMBERS COUNTY. THIS IS WHERE WE SAID WE WERE HAVING TROUBLE ON INTERSTATE 10 DIG. THIS GOES INTO HIGHWAY 73. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO THE WINNIE AND BEAUMONT AREA. THIS IS UNDERWATER IN MANY LOCATIONS AND IMPASSABLE. PEER AWAY ARAFAT. EAST OF HOUSTON IS CLOSED ON U.S. 90 NEAR RAY WOULD EAST OF LIBERTY. THIS AS WELL, FM 1008. WIDESPREAD CLOSURES IN ALL OF THOSE COUNTIES. WE KNOW THE COUNTY ROADS AND THE FM ROADS, THOSE ARE MAJOR CORRIDORS. IT IS CAUSING MUCH DIFFICULTY FOR PEOPLE EAST OF HOUSTON. HERE ARE YOUR DRIVE TIMES. HONESTLY, NOT TOO BAD. BE AWARE, AND EASY DRIVE THIS MORNING DOES NOT MEAN AN EASY DRIVE TONIGHT OR THIS AFTERNOON. OKAY. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOU TO PENN VILLAGE. I UNDERSTAND THE RAIN IS COMING DOWN THERE?>>REPORTER: NONSTOP FOR THE LAST THREE HOURS. WE WERE IN SPLENDORA BUT HAD TO MOVE FOR OUR SAFETY. WE MOVED TO 242 AND 259. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IN SPLENDORA SAID NORTH OF EAST RIVER ROAD ON THE FEEDER ROAD, IT IS IMPASSABLE. THEY SAY THE WATER KEEPS RISING AND IN SOME PLACES, I WAS TOLD BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE WATER IS UP AS HIGH AS SIX FEET. THERE CONDUCTING HIGH WATER RESCUES RIGHT NOW. I ALSO REACHED OUT TO THE EAST MONTGOMERY FIRE DEPARTMENT IT ASKED WHAT DEPARTMENT THEY ARE FOCUSING ON. THEY SAID MORGAN CEMETERY, MANY PLACES ARE FLOODED. AGAIN, IT HAS BEEN NONE STOP. IT IS VERY WIDESPREAD. >>THANK YOU. WHAT A PICTURE OUT THERE THIS MORNING. SHE HAD TO GET OUT OF SPLENDORA BECAUSE THE WATER WAS RISING SO HIGH. THAT THE SITUATION FROM CHAMBERS COUNTY INTO JEFFERSON COUNTY. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. IT IS NONSTOP. THE LIGHTNING STRIKES AS WELL. WE SAW THAT WITH STEVE. WAS ALL RAIN AND FLOODING WITH COURTNEY FISHER, WILL THIS CONTINUE TO TRAIN LIKE THIS? >>YES. IT WILL NOT LET UP. WE HAVE THIS INFO COMING IN FROM THE GULF AND IT IS FEEDING AND GASSING UP THE FEEDER BAND. YOU CAN SEE THE LIGHTNING STRIKES PULSING UP INDICATING THAT IT IS INTENSIFYING. WHEN IT DOES THAT IT JUST THROWS DOWN EVEN MORE RAIN. I WILL GIVE YOU THE LATEST UPDATE. A WARNING FOR FLASH FLOODING UNTIL 11 O’CLOCK. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE EMERGENCY SITUATION HERE WITH LIBERTY COUNTY AS WELL AS CHAMBERS COUNTY. I HAVE BEEN FIELDING SOME QUESTIONS ON FACEBOOK IN BETWEEN MY HITS. A LOT OF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MONTGOMERY COUNTY. IT CONTINUES TO POUR AROUND CONROE. THEY ARE UNDER A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY. WE ARE CONTINUED TO SEE WATER PILING UP. 25 INCHES OVER SOME AREAS. STILL SING A CLUSTER OF STORM INTENSIFYING IN THOSE AREAS. AT ONE POINT, 6000 LIGHTNING STRIKES WITHIN THIS FEEDER BAND ALONE. FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES ARE RARELY ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. WHAT IT IS, IT’S SERIOUS THAT BUSINESS. SEVERE THREAT TO LIFE AND CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE. WE’RE DOING RESCUES IN CHAMBERS AND LIBERTY COUNTIES. YOU CAN SEE THE FRINGES OF THIS FEEDER BAND GETTING TUGGED INTO HARRIS COUNTY. AROUND DOWNTOWN AND IN CROSBY, YOU’RE SEEING HEAVY DOWNPOURS AROUND 90 AND THIS IS THE BACK BUILDING WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS MORNING. WE’RE SEEING MORE ACTIVITY DEVELOPING OUT TOWARD MADISON SO TO. THIS WILL SHIFT FURTHER TO THE SOUTH. IF YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS RAIN, IT LOOKS LIKE LATER ON THIS MORNING, AFTER 9 O’CLOCK AND AS WE GET CLOSER TOWARD LUNCHTIME. YOU WANT TO STAY PUT WHERE YOU ARE. WE ARE LOOKING FOR HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDER AND LIGHTNING. LOOKING AT THIS FORECAST FOR LATER TODAY, SIMILAR TO YESTERDAY. A TROPICAL AIR MASS. WE COULD BE DEALING WITH ISOLATED AND BRIEF TORNADOES SIMILAR TO WHAT WE SAW YESTERDAY. THE POTENTIAL FOR FUNNEL CLOUDS. IF YOU ARE MAKING PLANS ON THE COASTLINE, MANY OF YOU ARE CLEANING OUT FROM YESTERDAY. THIS LINE COULD SHIFT FURTHER TOWARD THE SOUTH AS WE GET INTO THE EVENING COMMUTE. WE COULD BE DEALING WITH A VERY MESSY COMMUTE IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA. PLEASE BE PREPARED FOR THAT. >>THANK YOU. >>WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MONITOR THIS SITUATION ALL MORNING LONG. EVACUATIONS ARE TAKING PLACE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY. JEFF IS AT THE TRAN STAR I’M SORRY. HE IS ON INTERSTATE 45 NOW. YOU ARE UP FROM CONROE? >>YES. WE ARE HEADED NORTH ON 45. WE HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH RAIN. NOTHING CRIB PULLING CRIPPLING TO TRAFFIC. TRAN STAR SAID THE NORTHERN PART OF HARRIS COUNTY WAS GOING TO START SEEING RAIN AND THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING. FIVE INCHES OF RAIN AT THE AIRPORT IS INAUDIBLE. WE ARE HEADED NORTH THERE RIGHT NOW. OBVIOUSLY, AS SOON AS WE GET THERE WILL GIVE YOU A HOLLER. >>OKAY. THE SKIES ARE GETTING VERY DARK ALMOST BLACK AS YOU LOOK NORTH OF CONROE THIS MORNING. THE RAIN SHOWERS ARE JUST INCHING CLOSER TO HOUSTON.>>WE WERE JUST TALKING TO ALISA ABOUT CONDITIONS. CAN WE SHOW THE FLOODING? YOU CAN SEE THE CAMERA THERE OFF TO THE LEFT AND LOOKING AT THE RADAR TO THE RIGHT. OF COURSE, AN AWFUL SITUATION HERE IN SOME AREAS. THE ROADS ON INTERSTATE 45 ARE INCREDIBLY FLOODED IN THAT AREA.>>YES. IT IS DUE TO THE HEAVY RAIN THEY HAVE BEEN RECEIVING. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS AS SECONDARY TO THE EXTREME EMERGENCY WE’RE SEEING. THIS IS STARTING TO AFFECT US HERE IN OUR AREA AND CLOSER TO THE CENTER OF HOUSTON. PEOPLE TAKE THAT DRIVE, AN HOUR IN THE MORNING AND AN HOUR AT NIGHT. THIS IS DISTURBING. THE MAJOR ARTERY IN AND OUT OF CONNOR, IF YOU LIVE THERE YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE A STONES THROW AWAY FROM STATE 145. IT IS IMPASSABLE RIGHT NOW. VEHICLES ARE GETTING THROUGH. WHEN I TAKE A CLOSE LOOK IT SEEMS LIKE THE WATER HAS SOME CURVE TO IT. I HOPE THAT’S BECAUSE IT’S TRADING. THE PHRASE TURN AROUND DON’T DROWNED HAS BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS. IT’S THERE FOR A REASON. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOUR VEHICLE, HEALTH AND SAFETY IF YOU DRIVE AND A HIGH WATER. IT IS A DIFFICULT TASK. PEOPLE HAVE WAITED HOURS AT A TIME IS SAFE LOCATION. IF YOU COME UPON WATER LIKE THIS, GO TO A SAFE LOCATION. STAY TUNED. YOU CAN GO TO THE RADIO AND GET MORE INFORMATION THAT YOU NEED. >>OKAY. WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE OUR LIVE COVERAGE ONLINE ON OUR DIGITAL PLATFORMS PLUS WERE GOING TO GO TO GOOD MORNING AMERICA FOR AN UPDATE. >>>BREAKING NEWS FROM ABC13.>>>WE CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE OF THE DIRE SITUATION UNFOLDING ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS. WE HAVE A FLASH FLOOD WATCH OR EMERGENCY. A WATCH ALSO UNTIL 7 O’CLOCK THIS EVENING. THE EMERGENCY HAS BEEN EXPANDED . SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF SAN JACINTO COUNTY AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY. WE’RE SEEING ROADWAYS IMPASSABLE AND UNDERWATER. FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE UNTIL 11 AM. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SENT OUT THIS ADVISORY, SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING. THESE ARE STORMS CAPABLE OF STRONG WIND, 60 MPH ARE BEING DETECTED. THIS IS IN A SOUTHEASTERLY DIRECTION. IN KINGWOOD, CROSBY, BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR STRONG THUNDERSTORMS . THEY ARE ALSO DUMPING A LOT OF RAIN IN THE AREA. THIS LINE OF RAIN IS EXPECTED TO MOVE CLOSER TOWARD HOUSTON OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS. WE’RE SEEING SOME ACTIVITY DOWN TO THE EAST SIDE OF TOWN HEADED TOWARD PASADENA. WE WILL MONITOR THE SITUATION FOR YOU OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS. A BUSY MORNING. >>ACTUALLY YES. THE NORTH FREEWAY AT STATE HIGHWAY 105. THAT IS IMPASSABLE. THIS IS YOUR ACCESS. IS NOT AVAILABLE TO YOU AT THIS TIME DUE TO HEAVY RAIN AND HIGH WATER. THIS IS AN INBOUND ACCIDENT CAUSING SLOW TRAFFIC. EVEN ON THE NORTHBOUND SIDE, THERE IS HIGH WATER AT 105. THE CAMERA SHAKING DUE TO THE WEATHER. WE HAVE HIGH WATER. WHEN HE, BEAUMONT AND LIBERTY COUNTY, MANY COUNTY ROADS AND STATE HIGHWAYS ARE UNDERWATER THIS MORNING DUE TO THE WEATHER EVENTS FROM OVERNIGHT. HERE ARE YOUR DRIVE TIMES. THE KATY FREEWAY IS NOT A BAD DRIVE. BUMPER-TO-BUMPER IN DOWNTOWN HOUSTON. A MILD DRIVE RIGHT NOW BUT CONTINUE TO FOLLOW WEATHER AND TRAFFIC INFO AT ABC13.COM. WE WILL RETURN TO GOOD MORNING AMERICA IN A MOMENT. >>>LOOK AT THE WATER. IT IS UP OFF THE ROAD. IS COVERING THE ROADWAY. WE ARE OFF OF 124. YOU CAN SEE WHAT LOOKS LIKE WAVES PUSHING ON THE ROAD. THIS IS THE MAIN DRAG INTO DOWN. THESE ARE DISABLED CARS, TO SEMI’S, JUST LOOKING OUT, I CAN SEE 11 CARS THAT HAVE TAKEN ON WATER AND CLEARLY ARE A TOTAL LOSS. WE HAVE BEEN OUT HERE SINCE ABOUT 4 AM. WE POSITIONED OURSELVES AT A 7- ELEVEN SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 10. I-10 IS CLOSED UP THE WAY. WE ARE POSITIONED YEAR BECAUSE WERE KIND OF STUCK. I WANT TO SHOW YOU THIS. THESE ARE PEOPLE HERE WITH US. THEY ARE IN THE SAME BOAT, THE SAME SITUATION. THIS INTO THIS WATER FALLING. THAT IS THE SOUND WE HAVE HEARD FOR HOURS. EVERYONE HAS A STORY OUT HERE. EVERYONE HAS GONE THROUGH SOMETHING. WE SPOKE WITH THIS GENTLEMAN. BOTH OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STUCK HERE TRYING TO KEEP SAFE. TAKE A LISTEN TO WHAT HE TOLD US JUST MOMENTS AGO. >>I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY, YOU CAN’T GET ANY MONEY OUT OF THE MACHINE. I CAN’T GET TO MY HOUSE. I’M ALL WET. I’M TIRED OF BEING WET.>>YOU HAVE LIVED HERE A LONG TIME YOU’RE SAYING, YOUR ENTIRE LIFE? >>IT’S SAD TO SEE WINNIE LIKE THIS? LIKE OH YES. EVERYBODY HELPS EVERYBODY HERE. WE WILL PULL TOGETHER.>>REPORTER: ARE YOU TAKEN BACK BY MOTHER NATURE, THIS IS INCREDIBLE RAIN OUT HERE? >>IT’S RIDICULOUS. A WEEK AGO WE WERE IN A DROUGHT. AND NOBODY COULDN’T GO BIRD HUNTING OR DUCK CUTTING. NOW WE HAVE FLOODS.>>>>REPORTER: YOU CAN HEAR THE ANXIETY IN PEOPLE’S VOICES. THEY WERE SEEKING SHELTER. THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD BE 30 MINUTES OR AN HOUR. IT’S GOING ON SIX OR EIGHT HOURS. THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR HOMES AND FAMILIES THAT ARE HERE IN TOWN. I WANT TO COME BACK OVER HERE AND GET A LITTLE WET BUT FIRST, BUT SHOW YOU, THESE ARE HIGH WATER VEHICLES UTILIZED BY THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. THEIR FIELDING CALLS FROM PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GET OUT OF THEIR HOMES WE HAVE SEE THEM GOING BACK AND FORTH. EARLIER WE SAW AN AIR BOAT OUT HERE. CLEARLY, AUTHORITIES ARE ON THE GROUND AND DOING THE BEST I CAN TO REACH EVERYBODY. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IT HAS GOTTEN LAID OUT HERE. YOU CAN SEE 124 AND IT LOOKS LIKE A RIVER AT THIS POINT. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HIGH WATER RESCUES AND VEHICLES BEING USED AND DEPLOYED. THIS IS A TEAM POSITIONED IN LEAGUE CITY. THEY MOVED OVER HERE TO DEAL WITH THE STORM. HAVE A BOAT READY TO PUT IN THE WATER. THEY SAY THEY HAVE A HIGH WATER RESCUE VEHICLE OUT AND ABOUT PICKING UP PEOPLE. HERE IS WHAT — THIS IS A HEAVY TRUCK. THERE’S ANOTHER BOAT OFF IN THE DISTANCE. IF YOU LOOK AT IT IT’S KIND OF CHAOTIC. PEOPLE JUST FOUND THEMSELVES DEALING WITH A WHOLE LOT OF WATER. THE RAIN HAS BEEN RELENTLESS. OF YOU DON’T NEED TO TRAVEL THIS WAY, DON’T. IF YOU’RE IN A POSITION THAT YOU ARE FEARFUL IN YOUR HOME, CALL AUTHORITIES. AS YOU SAW, VEHICLES ARE GOING OUT AND TRYING TO EVACUATE RESIDENTS TO GET OUT OF THEIR HOME. THEY ARE DOING THIS DILIGENTLY AND AROUND-THE-CLOCK. THIS HAS NOT STOPPED SINCE WE GOT OUT HERE. WE TALK ABOUT A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY UNFOLDING, HERE IT IS. YOU CAN SEE THE WATER LAPPING UP YOUR. IT LOOKS LIKE A RIVER OUT HERE. PEOPLE ARE NAVIGATING THE BEST THEY CAN. A NIGHTMARE SITUATION. WE ARE GOING TO STAY ON THE GROUND TO BRING YOU THE IMAGES AS WE GET THEM. I THINK I SPEAK FOR EVERYBODY, WE HOPE THE RAIN LETS UP SOON. THIS IS BEEN A CONSTANT. JUST HEAVY RAIN. AND YOU KNOW WHAT’S REALLY KIND OF CRAZY, I DROVE INTO KT RK, WE WENT TO THE STATION AND THERE WAS NO RAIN. WE DROVE OUT HERE AND THERE WAS NO RAIN AND THEN MINUTE WE GOT TO CHAMBERS COUNTY, THE SKIES LIT UP. I’M TALKING ABOUT EXPLOSIVE LIGHTNING. THE CLOUDS WERE HIGH IN THE SKY. THE RAIN STARTED FALLING AND YOU CAN GET A SENSE OF SOMETHING IS HAPPENING OUT HERE. AS WE MADE OUR WAY INTO WINNIE, IN TOTAL DARKNESS YOU COULD SEE THIS IS A ROAD UNDERWATER. IT LOOKS LIKE WATER IS GOING INTO A CHURCH, THE STORES AROUND HERE TAKING ON WATER, THE RAIN, WHEN IT PASSES AND PEOPLE CAN ASSESS THE DAMAGES, I THINK THE DAMAGE MIGHT BE WORSE THAN THEY THINK. BACK TO YOU. ALL RIGHT. I THINK YOU’RE RIGHT. THE SAME STORY ALL THE WAY TO BEAUMONT WHERE THERE IS RECORD RAINFALL. IT IS JUST TRAINING THUNDERSTORMS. THEY ARE NOT TO THE WEST OF WINNING SO MUCH, TO THE EAST AND THEN TO BEAUMONT. >>IT JUST DOES NOT STOPPED. THAT’S THE THING ABOUT IT. COURTNEY, I THINK WE HAVE COURTNEY LIVE THERE. SHE IS DRIVING AROUND. IT IS INCREDIBLE TO SEE. LAST I HEARD FROM YOU YOU WORK NEAR INTERSTATE 10 AND TRAFFIC WAS AT A STANDSTILL. >>PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO GET OUT ON THE ROADS AND SEE, WHAT HAS THIS WEATHER DONE? THIS IS WHAT IT IS. THE TRUCKS, SUVS, CARS, THEY ARE LEFT. PEOPLE SPENT THE NIGHT WITH STEVE AT THE GAS STATION OR AT THE 7-ELEVEN. IT WAS PACKED IN THERE. THEY WERE WONDERING WHEN THIS WAS GOING TO BE OVER. IT IS STILL NOT OVER. NO JOKE. IT HAS NOT STOPPED, IT MAY HAVE GOTTEN A LITTLE BIT LIGHTER. IT MAKES UP FOR THAT AND THEN PICKS UP YET AGAIN. NOW WE HAVE 18 WHEELERS TRYING TO MAKE HER WAY AROUND TOWN. THE ISSUE, THE PROBLEM IS AWAKE WITH THAT. SO YOU SEE WATER IS GETTING ROUGH BECAUSE EVERYONE IS MOVING SLOWLY BUT YOU ARE SEEING PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK OF WAITING IN THEIR CAR. THEY HAVE STARTED TO GET OUT OF THEIR VEHICLE AND JUST WALK ANYWHERE. WE SAW PEOPLE AT THE WAFFLE HOUSE. YOU CAN SEE THAT GUY WITH HIS CELL PHONE OUTSIDE OF A CAR. PEOPLE ARE JUST AT A LOSS. WE SPENT MOST OF THE MORNING TALKING WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE STUCK IN THEIR HOMES AND TRYING TO LIFT UP THEIR FURNITURE TO SAVE THEIR VALUABLES AND I DON’T THINK PEOPLE, IF YOU HAVEN’T LIVED THROUGH OF BLOOD, YOU DON’T REALIZE HOW WEEKLY IT HAPPENED. ONE BROTHER AND SISTER WERE DECIDING WHETHER TO STAY OR LEAVE. THE CONVERSATION LASTED ABOUT FIVE MINUTES. BY THE END OF THAT TIME THEY DIDN’T HAVE A DECISION TO MAKE. THE WATER RUSHED IN AND THEY WERE STUCK. THEY HAD TO STAY THERE AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO SAVE WHAT LITTLE WE CAN IN 10 MINUTES. THERE WAS WATER THROUGHOUT THEIR HOUSE. AGAIN, WE SEE THIS RAIN REALLY PICKING UP OUT HERE. WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO LOOK AT SOCIAL MEDIA. MY SERVICE WENT DOWN A LITTLE BIT. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TWEETING AND I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO RESPOND TO YOU. YOU HAVE QUESTIONS THAT WE CAN HELP ANSWER? >>. THERE ARE SO MANY QUESTIONS OUT THERE. WERE TALKING ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU CAN MAKE IT ON INTERSTATE 10. THE ANSWER IS NO. THE FREEWAY IS SHUT DOWN BETWEEN WINNIE AND BEAUMONT. AS FOR THE AIRPORTS IN HOUSTON, BUSH TWEETED THERE ARE 50 MINUTE DELAYS OF BUSH AIRPORT, HOBBY HAS NO DELAYS AND NO CONSOLATIONS CANCELLATIONS AT ALL. BUSH AIRPORT HAS A LOT OF DELAYS UP THERE. IS NOT REALLY RAINING, THEY JUST HAVE DELAYS BECAUSE OF WEATHER ELSEWHERE. >>YES. WE STILL HAVE YOUR SHOT UP SO YOU KNOW, THIS IS WHAT OUR WEATHER TEAM PREDICTED. THEY SAID WE WOULD SEE HISTORIC FLOODING. THEY SAID WE CAN’T TELL YOU EXACTLY WHERE IT’S GOING TO BE RIGHT NOW. YOU SHOULD PREPARE FOR THIS. THE SAD PART IS IT HAPPENED AND IT HAPPENED TO WINNIE. WE ARE LOOKING AT THIS. WE WATCHED AS YOU DID THOSE INTERVIEWS INSIDE THE HOMES AND WE ALL KNOW THAT TOM EXPERIENCED THAT DURING HARVEY. IT IS HEARTBREAKING TO SEE THAT ADD TO HERE. YOU TALKED ABOUT SEEING THE EYES OF THE PEOPLE GOING THROUGH THIS. IT IS HEARTBREAKING. >>IT REALLY IS. >>ABSOLUTELY. >>ARE JUST GOING TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE PEOPLE WHO LET US INTO THEIR HOME TO SHOW US AND TO SHOW HOUSTON AND THE REST OF OUR VIEWING AREA WHAT THEY ARE DEALING WITH. IS NOT EASY TO KNOCK ON THEIR DOOR WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN UP ALL NIGHT. THEY HAVE BEEN TEARING UP CARPET AND CHIPPING AWAY TILES AND RIPPING UP FLOORING ALREADY BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS BEFORE. THEY DON’T WANT MILDEW. THAT HAVE BEEN WORKING AND THEN WE SHOW UP WITH A CAMERA. SO MUCH GRACE. WE APPRECIATE THEM ALLOWING US INTO THEIR HOMES. >>OKAY. THANK YOU. SHE IS LIVE THIS MORNING. ON THE PHONE IS A MONTGOMERY COUNTY JUDGE. >>WHAT CAN YOU TELL US FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY? ANY HOUSES FLOODED? >>YES. THE SITUATION STARTED TO DETERIORATE AT ABOUT 3 AM. EAST COUNTY COMMAND IS OPERATIONAL. THEY REPORT TO US. WE ARE HAVING HOMES FLOODING, WATER RESCUES. THE STATE IS ASSISTING US WITH THAT AS WELL AND SENDING EMERGENCY VEHICLES TO US. HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES AND A ZODIAC’S. WE HAVE OPERATIONAL SUPPLIES IN ROUTE TO SHELTERS. MONTGOMERY COUNTY IS CLOSE. SCHOOLS ARE SHUT DOWN. SOME KIDS WERE ON THEIR WAY. THEY TOOK HIM TO THE SCHOOL AND THEY WILL HOLD THEM UNTIL THEY CAN GET THEM BACK. IT’S AMAZING WHAT IS HAPPENING. WE ARE HERE AT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. IT IS RAINING. THIS IS STATE HIGHWAY 105. SO MANY VEHICLES ARE AT A STANDSTILL. DOWN BELOW, 105, THAT HAS STRANDED VEHICLES THERE. >>YOU CANNOT GET THROUGH. IT IS IMPASSABLE. AS YOU MOVE FORWARD, I WENT INTO THAT TURNAROUND AND GOT BACK OUT. HOURS TRYING TO GET OVER HERE COUPLE OF HOURS AGO. IT HAS BEEN FLOODED FOR A WHILE. HAD TO COME AROUND THE BACKSIDE OF CONROE.>>WHAT YOU SAY TO PEOPLE, SHOULD THEY STAY, SHOULD THEY GO ? WOULD YOU SAY THOSE PEOPLE NOW? >>THE COUNTY IS CLOSED AND THE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSE. THEY NEED TO STAY HOME. IF THEY HAVE A NEED WE HAVE CONSTABLES AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, ESPECIALLY IN THESE COUNTY, 17 INCHES OF RAIN. THREE WERE IN THE LAST HOUR AND A HALF. DON DOWN CONROE IS FLOODED AS WELL. THERE IS NO DRIVING. IT’S GETTING A LITTLE LIGHTER. YOU CAN’T SEE THIS WATER ON THE ROAD. STOP, PLAGUE IT SAFE. JUST STAYED HOUSE. IN MOST CASES YOU’LL BE FINE. IF YOU HAVE A NEED, CALL US, CALL 911, THEY WILL DISPATCH IT AND WE WILL GET TO YOU WHAT YOU NEED IN ORDER TO BE SAFE. WE HAVE PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTY THAT HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS. THIS IS NOT OUR FIRST RODEO. WE ARE READY AND INACTION RIGHT NOW. WE’RE DOING WATER RESCUES RIGHT NOW. WE ARE TAKING PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOMES. WE HAVE AUTOMOBILE RESCUES, HOME RESCUES, JUST A LOT OF STUFF GOING ON AND DIFFICULTIES WITH INFRASTRUCTURE. WE ARE ON IT. OUR PEOPLE ARE HERE AND WE ARE ROLLING. >>JUDGE, A BEAUMONT CALL CAME OUT TO THE CAJUN NAVY. THEY SAID WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS. ARE YOU IN NEED OF PEOPLE, VOLUNTEERS WITH BOATS TO HELP WITH RESCUES? >>AT THIS POINT WE ARE IN GOOD SHAPE. OUR TEAMS ARE READY. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THIS IS HAPPENED TO US. WE HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS FOR THE PAST WEEK. WE KNEW WAS COMING. WE DIDN’T EXPECTED TO BURST UP LIKE THIS BUT WE ARE ON IT. WE ARE GOOD SO FAR. THERE ARE — WE DO HAVE STATE ACCESS ON THE WAY IN THE FORM OF SOME ZODIAC’S AND HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES ARE COMING. WERE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE. >>EXCUSE ME WERE LOOKING AT LIVE PICTURES FROM OUR OWN JEFF WHEELING. >>DO YOU HAVE AN ESTIMATE ON HOW MANY HOMES MAY BE TAKING ON WATER? >>I DO NOT. WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR THAT. >>OKAY. YOU SAID DOWNTOWN CONROE IS EXPERIENCING SOME FLOODING? >>YES SIR. >>I COULDN’T GET THROUGH. IT WOULD’VE BEEN OVER THE HOOD OF MY CAR. IT’S A PRETTY TALL STATE UTILITY. I CAME DOWN AND TRAFFIC WAS CAN TURN AROUND. MY CHIEF OF STAFF DRIVES A REGULAR VEHICLE. HE WENT TO OUR OFFICE IN CONROE AT THE SADLER BUILDING AND IS WAITING THERE. HE GOT PICKED UP AND BROUGHT OVER HERE. HE JUST GOT HERE. WE ARE CONTINUING PREPARATION TO DO MORE WATER RESCUE AND HELP THOSE IN THE COUNTY AND NEED. RIGHT NOW, WE ARE GOOD. >>OKAY. I KNOW YOU’RE BUSY AND HAVE A LOT OF THINGS GOING ON. I KNOW IT’S CLICHI, WHEN YOU GET WATER THAT COMES OVER THE HOOD OF THE TRUCK, TURNAROUND, DON’T DROWN. >>YES. THIS IS AN INTERCHANGE THAT THE JUDGE WAS REFERRING TO. THIS IS THE NORTH FREEWAY. YOU HAVE TRAFFIC THAT IS STOPPED. PEOPLE HAVE PULLED OVER. THEY MAY HAVE WANTED TO GET OFF BUT COULD NOT AT 105. RIGHT NOW IT IS IMPOSSIBLE. WATER TO THE GULF FREEWAY IS EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS. LAW ENFORCEMENT IS ON THE SCENE AND THEY ARE THERE TELLING PEOPLE BLOCKING THE EXIT RAMPS THAT YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE MAJOR ISSUES. THIS IS THE FREEWAY. BRAKE LIGHTS AS YOU COME UP UPON THE FLOODED AREA THROUGH CONROE. >>>A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY CONTINUES UNTIL 1015. INCLUDES MONTGOMERY COUNTY AS WELL. LIGHTNING STRIKES AN INTENSE FEEDER BANDS CONTINUE TO MOVE SLOWLY TOWARD THE SOUTH AND EAST. RIGHT NOW WE’RE SEEING BACKFILL AND ADDITIONAL SHOWERS AND STORMS FORMING ON THE WESTERN FRINGES OF THIS BAND. WE ANTICIPATE THIS OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS IN HOUSTON. HIGH RAINFALL RATES ARE EXPECTED. OKAY. THAT WAS MY CUT IN FOR GOOD MORNING AMERICA. THAT WAS LIVE. I WANT TO TAKE YOU BACK AND GO OVER WHAT WE ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW ON THE RADAR. THERE ARE CONCERNS OF NOT ONLY SEEING THE ROADWAYS FLOODED, ALSO STARTING TO SEE SOME BAYOUS AND CREEKS STARTING TO COME UP OVER BANKS. THE BAYOU SYSTEM IS FINE IN HOUSTON. THIS IS LIBERTY AND RIGHT ON THE BORDER OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND HARRIS COUNTY. WE’RE SEEING EAST FOR US. IT LOOKS LIKE 1485 HAS BEEN CLOSE. AT FM 2090, THAT IS ALSO OUT OF BAG. PEACHTREE AND KATIE CREEK IS ALSO OUT. THESE AREAS AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND LIBERTY COUNTY ARE WELL OUT OF THEIR BANK. INTENDS RAIN IS FALLING. FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES ARE IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 O’CLOCK. THIS HAS BEEN EXTENDED AND EXPANDED. HIT INCLUDES PORTIONS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY WHERE HE PICKED UP FIVE INCHES OF RAIN. THE RAIN IS PILING UP. THE RAIN HAS BEEN STEADY FOR THE PAST SEVERAL HOURS. CHAMBERS COUNTY HAS BEEN INUNDATED BY HEAVY RAIN. RAIN IS FILLING IN WESTERN COUNTIES. SOUTHWEST PORTIONS OF HARRIS COUNTY. HERE IS WHAT THE FUTURE TRACK IS SHOWING FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY. IT LOOKS LIKE THE RAIN IS GOING TO START TO CONTINUE TO BACKFILL. ALSO DRIFTING FURTHER TOWARD THE SOUTH AND WEST. THIS MEANS HARRIS COUNTY, HOUSTON, IN NORTON COUNTY, YOU GET IN ON THE MIX. THE HIGHEST RAINFALL TOTAL SO FAR AND SOME OF THESE AREAS IS BETWEEN FIVE AND EIGHT INCHES OVER THE LAST 12 TO 24 HOURS. RAINFALL RATES WITHIN THIS LINE, THREE TO FIVE INCHES AS HIGHER MOISTURE FEEDS INTO THIS BAND. THIS FEEDER BAND IS NOT MOVING QUICKLY. BY 3 O’CLOCK THIS AFTERNOON IT IS STILL OVER HARRIS COUNTY. HEAVY RAIN POTENTIALLY OUT TOWARD COLORADO COUNTY AND DRIFTING FURTHER SOUTH. ON THE COASTLINE WHERE IT HAS BEEN DRY THIS MORNING, BE PREPARED FOR HEAVY RAIN TO DRIFT INTO YOUR AREA LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND INTO THE EVENING. THE TREND RIGHT NOW IS FOR THE FEEDER BANDIT TO EVENTUALLY PUSH SOUTH IMPACTING HOUSTON LATER THIS MORNING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND POSSIBLY DUMPING RAINFALL RATES OF 3 TO 5 INCHES PER HOUR. >>THANKS SO MUCH. THESE ARE LIVE PICTURES. THE TEXAS TASK FORCE IS PERFORMING RESCUES. THESE ARE LIVE PICTURES. THIS IS STEVE’S CAMERA. WHEN HE, THEY ARE INUNDATED WITH THE RAIN WATER. IT CONTINUES. WE SPOKE TO STEVE. HE GOT A LIVE SHOT UP AT ABOUT 5 O’CLOCK. ALL WE COULD SEE WAS LIGHTNING. HE TALKED ABOUT THE TERRIFYING LIGHTNING THAT HE SAW AS THEY DROVE TO CHAMBERS COUNTY. HE WAS BEING POUNDED WITH RAIN. IT CONTINUES THERE. >>IS STUCK AT THIS GAS STATION. THEY WENT INSIDE THAT CONVENIENCE STORE BECAUSE OF THE LIGHTNING. THEY’RE GOING TO GO AROUND MAKING HIGH WATER RESCUES THIS MORNING. MANY HOMES SAID THEY HAVE THREE TO FIVE FEET OF WATER IN THEM. YOU SAW STEVE’S LIVE SHOT. YOU CAN SEE THE CARS THAT ARE SUBMERGED. SUMMARY AND DITCHES AND THEN THEY HAVE HIGH WATER VEHICLES READY TO TAKE PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES. THEY ARE SUFFERING IMMENSELY THIS MORNING BECAUSE OF ALL THE RAIN THAT IS THAT THERE. THEN ALL THE WAY TO BEAUMONT WHICH IS ALSO IN BIG TROUBLE. WE HAVE HEARD OF AN EVACUATION OF A HOSPITAL AND A TV STATION AS WELL. EMPLOYEES DOING ROUND THE CLOCK COVERAGE OF THE STORM. >>I’LL TELL YOU WHAT, THESE PICTURES BRING BACK ERIE MEMORIES. >>JUST A FEW YEARS AGO. >>YES. ERIE MEMORIES. THESE ARE SOME OF THE RESIDENTS. STEVE WAS TALKING TO A RESIDENT WHO IS TAKING COVER RIGHT NOW AT THE GAS STATION THERE. HE TALKED ABOUT SEEING RESCUE VEHICLES. ONE HAD 15 DOGS. YOU THINK ABOUT RESIDENCE BUT THEY ALSO HAVE THEIR PETS WITH THEM. LOOK AT ONE OF THE AIRBOATS OR A BOAT THERE IN THE BACK OF THAT VEHICLE AS A TRIED TO RESCUE RESIDENTS STUCK IN THEIR HOMES.>>IF YOU ARE LISTENING TO US WHERE YOU GET THE SATELLITE SIGNATURE, WE DON’T KNOW OF ANY SHELTERS THAT HAVE BEEN SET UP. I KNOW THEY’RE GOING TO START DOING THAT ALL THE WAY TO BEAUMONT. SPLENDORA AS WELL. BIG PROBLEMS THERE. THEY ARE UNDERWATER THERE. WE WILL UPDATE YOU ON THAT AND MORE JUST A MINUTE. IT IS A 27. WE’VE BEEN SHOWING YOU LIVE PICTURES COMING OUT OF WHITNEY. WE HAVE CREWS OUT THERE. A LOT OF HIGH WATER SPOTS. DEFINITELY SOME CARS AND A LOT OF RESCUES HAPPENING AT THIS HOUR. EMERGENCY OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN REPORTING STUCK CARS AND PEOPLE STUCK ON THE ROADS. YOU CAN SEE THE CAJUN NATION OUT THERE. YOU CAN SEE THE BOATS COMING TO HELP RESCUE PEOPLE. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN REACHING OUT SAYING THEY HAVE BEEN STUCK ON INTERSTATE 10. THE RAIN CONTINUES. THEY SHOULD COME TO HOUSTON LATER THIS MORNING. FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES CONTINUE. THAT GOES UNTIL 11 O’CLOCK THIS MORNING.>>>I-10 IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. 73 IS CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER. ALSO HIGHWAY 124. THERE ARE AREAS ACROSS THE AREA CLOSE. THIS WATER LOOKS A BIT BETTER THAN IT DID EARLIER. THIS IS HIGHWAY 105. IT IS IMPASSABLE. THINGS MIGHT BE IMPROVING. THIS IS THE NORTH FREEWAY. IT’S A PRETTY INCREDIBLY BUSY. BUMPER-TO-BUMPER. DRIVE TIMES, 90% OF YOU JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW TO GET INTO DOWNTOWN HOUSTON. YOUR DRIVE TODAY IS IN THE RED COMING OUT OF SHARE OF SUGAR LAND AND FROM KATY WATCH THE WEATHER FORECAST YOUR BRIDE COULD BE QUITE DIFFERENT THIS MORNING. >>>WELCOME BACK TO ARE LIVE COVERAGE. THIS IS A LIVE LOOK AT JEFF’S VANTAGE POINT. RESCUES ARE TAKING PLACE. WE TALKED TO THE COUNTY JUDGE. CONROE AND SURROUNDING AREAS ARE EXPERIENCING FLOODING. DOWNTOWN CONROE HAS WATER THREE FEET. WE ARE LIVE THIS MORNING. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? >>GOOD MORNING. WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO GET INTO DOWNTOWN FOR THE LAST 45 MINUTES. IT IS A CHALLENGE GETTING INTO DOWNTOWN. I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THIS IS DOWNTOWN, PHILLIPS AND THOMPSON. THIS PART IS OKAY. NO HIGH WATER IN ANY BUILDINGS AT THIS LOCATION. GETTING HERE IS QUITE DIFFICULT. WATER IS ALL OVER MOST OF THE MAIN ROADWAYS. THINGS LOOK LIKE A B THE WATER HAS RECEDED A LITTLE BIT. WE CAME THROUGH AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF RAIN, AND. 45 WAS ALMOST IMPASSABLE. VERY SLOW COALING. I POSTED VIDEO. WERE 105 IS, THERE WAS SO MUCH WATER THAT YOU COULDN’T CROSSOVER THE ROADWAYS. WE SAW PEOPLE TRYING TO DO THAT. PEOPLE WERE TURNING AROUND BUT IT IS IMPASSABLE. YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL TRYING TO GET AROUND. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE QUARTER OF PHILLIPS AND FRASER. WE ARE WEST BOUND TO 105. THERE ARE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT WE WANT TO CHECK OUT. I HEARD WHAT THE COUNTY JUDGE HAD TO SAY. WE SPOKE WITH PEOPLE IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THERE ARE WATER RESCUES GOING ON ALL OVER THE PLACE. THAT INCLUDES PEOPLE IN CARS AND DOWN DOWN. CARS WERE NOT MOVING. THERE WAS NO ONE IN THE CAR. WE ASSUME THOSE CARS WERE FLOODED OUT AND MAYBE THE WATER RECEDED. THOSE CARS WERE STUCK IN THE ROAD. PEOPLE WALKED AWAY FROM THEM. THOSE ARE ALL AROUND CONROE. DRIVING IS A CHALLENGE TO SAY THE LEAST. WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY AREAS THAT LOOK LIKE THEY ARE UNDERWATER. WE HAVE NOT GOTTEN TOO CLOSE. WE ARE HEADED TOWARD 45. WE SHOULD GET THERE IN A COUPLE MORE MINUTES. I POSTED VIDEO TO FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. YOU CAN SEE HOW INTENSE THE RAINFALL WAS AND THE ROADWAYS ARE BEING BLOCKED BY HIGH WATER. WE HAD TO GO THE WRONG WAY TO GET AWAY FROM SOME OF THE HIGH WATER AND WORK OUR WAY AROUND IT. THAT’S WHAT SO MANY PEOPLE ARE DOING NOW. CHALLENGES INTO AND AROUND CONROE. BE VERY CAREFUL OF HIGH WATER INSTALLED OUT VEHICLES AND PEOPLE COMING THE WRONG WAY TO AVOID THIS SITUATION. THAT IS THE LATEST FROM HERE. IT WE SEE RESCUES GOING ON WE WILL LET YOU KNOW. WE ARE MAKING OUR WAY DOWN 105, WESTBOUND TOWARD 45. 105 HAS BEEN UNDERWATER FOR QUITE SOME TIME. WHEN I SPOKE WITH JEFF A LITTLE WHILE AGO HE SAID THE AIRPORT GOT FIVE INCHES OF RAIN IN AN HOUR. ANYTIME YOU SEE THAT, YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN FOR TROUBLE. THIS CAR IN FRONT OF US HAS ITS EMERGENCY LIGHTS ON. THERE IS NOBODY IN THERE. PRESUMABLY THEY HAD A PROBLEM WITH HIGH WATER. AS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS TRAFFIC AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE ROAD IS BLOCKED. THAT HONDA IS FLOODED OUT OR IMMOBILIZE. SAME WAY WITH THIS BMW. YOU CAN SEE THE CAR AHEAD OF US ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE, THAT HAS BEEN EVACUATED. THIS SAME SCENARIO OVER AND OVER AGAIN THROUGHOUT HER JOURNEY. THIS CHEVY LOOKS LIKE IT HAS THE SAME SITUATION. ABANDONED. RIGHT SMACK IN FRONT OF US, THE ROAD CLOSURES, IT LOOKS LIKE THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS UP HERE. YOU CAN SEE HIGH WATER AND THERE IS A PERSON BACKING UP TRYING TO AVOID HIGH WATER. PEOPLE ARE GOING OFF TO MY RIGHT. IT LOOKS LIKE THIS CANAL IS JUST RAGING. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A RIGHT HERE TO AVOID THAT. WE WILL COME OVER HERE. THIS IS GOING TO BE DALLAS STREET AT BELIEVE. IT LOOKS LIKE 485 IS AT A DEAD STOP. YOU CAN SEE THIS PERSON HERE, LET’S TALK TO HER QUICKLY AND SEE IF SHE IS OKAY. >>ARE YOU OKAY? >>HOW FAR UP WAS YOUR CAR? JUST I? >>WAIST DEEP? >>YOU’RE OKAY? >>IN 5 TO 10 MINUTES IT STARTED? >>OKAY. GO AHEAD. >>I’M SORRY. I PULLED OFF THE HIGHWAY AT 7 AM. I WAS STOPPED HERE BECAUSE THE WATER WAS A FOOT HIGH. I CAN’T GET OUT. I WAS GOING TO WAIT IT OUT. WITHIN 10 MINUTES IT WAS ABOUT FOUR FEET HIGH.>>HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE? >>OKAY. YOU CAN SEE LOTS OF DIFFERENT OTHER ANGLES. WERE GOING TO TRY TO GET INTO AN AREA THAT IS POSSIBLE. WERE ALSO GOING TO SWITCH CAMERA SO WE CAN SEE PEOPLE AND TALK TO PEOPLE. SHE SAID IN 5 TO 10 MINUTES, THAT’S THE ONLY WARNING. IT WAS CRAZY. WHERE SHUTTING DOWN AND WE WILL COME BACK IN A FEW MINUTES. >>THE WATER HAS RECEDED. IT LOOKS LIKE THE HEAVY RAIN FOR NOW HAS DISSIPATED A LITTLE BIT. I SEE WINDSHIELD WIPERS GOING THERE BUT IS NOT POURING BUCKETS LIKE IT WAS JUST 30 OR 40 MINUTES AGO. >>OKAY. WE STILL HAVE HARD-HIT AREAS THAT STILL HAVE FLOODING. THIS TALK ABOUT THAT RIGHT NOW. >>THIS IS WHERE JEFF ELY WAS DRIVING, STATE HIGHWAY 145. THIS LOOKS BETTER THAN IT DID 20 TO 30 MINUTES AGO. YOU CAN STILL SEE CARS MOVING THROUGH THE WATER IN THIS LOCATION. BE AWARE OF THAT. IT IS DARK OUT THERE. THIS IS DARK SKIES AND DROP RIDE DRIVING CONDITIONS. IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, TRY NOT TO ABANDON YOUR VEHICLE IN A MAIN LINE OF TRAFFIC. IF YOU CAN, MOVING INTO A PARKING LOT OR A MEDIAN. THAT WAY YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET AWAY WITH IT BEFORE YOU GO TO PICK IT UP AT THE TOE LOT. EVERYBODY HAS THEIR LIGHTS ON. THE EAST TEXAS FREEWAY, WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD SURROUNDING IT. THEY ARE STARTING TO SEE WATER CREEP UP INTO NEIGHBORHOODS IN THAT LOCATION. BE AWARE OF THAT. NEIGHBORHOODS MIGHT BE HAVING ISSUES SO PAY ATTENTION TO REPORTS COMING OUT OF THAT LOCATION. STATE HIGHWAY 249, NO MAJOR ISSUES TO SPEAK OF. HIGH WATER ON INTERSTATE 10 HAS CAUSED A CLOSURE OF THE INTERSTATE. BE AWARE, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THAT DRIVE EAST OF HOUSTON TODAY. PLEASE WAIT UNTIL WE HAVE BETTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. STATE HIGHWAYS AND U.S. 90, ALL OF THESE LOCATIONS ARE WIDESPREAD. YOUR EASTERN COUNTIES, COUNTY ROAD 379, FM 1008, THESE CLOSURES ARE DUE TO FLOODING AND THE RAINY CONDITIONS WE HAVE HAD OVERNIGHT. OUT OF SUBURBS INTO HOUSTON, YOU’RE NOT HAVING A LONG DRIVE. SOME ARE EVEN ON DRY PAVEMENT. BE CAREFUL AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR MIDDAY AND THIS EVENING. IT IS A CHANGING SITUATION. IT COULD IMPACT YOUR DRIVE THROUGHOUT THE DAY. >>THANK YOU. WE ARE GOING TO GO BACK TO A HARD-HIT AREA, WERE TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE. WHAT ELSE CAN YOU TELL US? I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY RIGHT NOW. I’M LOOKING BEHIND YOU. IT IS DEVASTATING. >>THAT IS THE WORD TO USE. HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF WINNIE AS AN EMERGENCY CONTINUES. WALK OUT HERE WITH ME. YOU WILL SEE IN THE DISTANCE SOME HIGH WATER RESCUE VEHICLES. YOU WERE LOOKING A LIVE PICTURES OF MEDICO OF TEXAS TAX EXCUSE ME TASK FORCE. THEY PUT THEIR BOATS IN THE WATER. PEOPLE OF WINNIE MAY NEED HELP. IF YOU ARE WATCHING RIGHT NOW, HELP IS ON ITS WAY. REACH OUT TO A FIRST RESPONDER AND THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE. THEY ARE ACTIVELY WORKING TO RESCUE ANYBODY FROM THEIR HOMES THAT MAY NEED TO GET OUT OF THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF THE RISING FLOODWATERS OUT HERE. AND, THE RAIN CONTINUES. IT JUST KEEPS RAINING. WE GOT HERE AT ABOUT 4 AM IN THE RAIN HAS JUST KEPT FALLING CONSTANTLY OUT HERE. IT HAS GOTTEN HIGHER. YOU’RE LOOKING LIVE AS WE GET DAYLIGHT OUT HERE. IT IS THE MESS THAT IS 124. IT HAS TRAPPED PEOPLE IN PLACE. THE WATER IS INUNDATING ROADWAYS. IF YOU CAN SHELTER IN PLACE, DO SO. FOR THOSE WATCHING RIGHT NOW, THE TASK FORCES ON THE GROUND AND THEY HAVE BOATS ON THE GROUND. THEY ARE WORKING ACTIVELY TO GET ANYBODY WHO MAY BE IN DISTRESS. REACH OUT FOR HELP, IF YOU NEED IT. THERE IS A SHELTER AT WHITE PARK. THERE TAKING PEOPLE TO THE WEST OF US. THE WATER CONTINUES TO FALL OUT HERE. EVERYBODY IS STUCK HERE. WE ARE STUCK AS THE RAIN CONTINUES TO FALL WE WILL KEEP MONITORING THE SITUATION. IT IS DEVASTATING OUT HERE. FOR SO MANY PEOPLE, THEY HAVE LOST SO MUCH. IT’S WITHOUT WARNING. >>DID YOU GET TO TALK TO MEMBERS OF TASK FORCE 1? WE DID SPEAK BRIEFLY WITH THEM. THEY ARE IN A RUSH TO GET BOATS OUT THERE. THEY ARE GOING BASED ON CALLS FROM MY UNDERSTANDING. THEY ARE GOING INTO THE 911 SYSTEM. ACCORDING TO A FACEBOOK PHOTOS POST, THEY’RE GOING TO LOOK TO SEE WHO IS IN DISTRESS AND WHO NEEDS HELP AND SEND HELP THEIR WAY. THIS IS AN ACTIVE LIVE SITUATION HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY, THAT, JUST A LITTLE BIT AGO WE NEVER HEARD OF IT AND THEN HARVEY. >>I’M SORRY. WE HAVE TO INTERRUPT YOU. ALETA HAS A CUT IN FOR GOOD MORNING AMERICA. STANDBY FOR US.>>>>>A FLASH FLOOD AN EMERGENCY CONTINUES FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY LIBERTY AND CHAMBERS COUNTY. THIS FEEDER BAND CONTINUES TO DRAGON VERY HEAVY RAINFALL RATES. WERE LOOKING AT THESE STORMS PUSHING TOWARD HOUSTON WITHIN THE NEXT HOUR. THESE ARE LIVE PICTURES OF WINNIE. I’M NOT SURE WHICH CREW THIS IS, THIS MIGHT BE COURTNEY FISHER TRAVELING THROUGH WINNIE. IS DEVASTATING. I’M NOT SURE EXACTLY WHERE THEY ARE BUT I KNOW THEY WERE ALONG INTERSTATE 10 JUST A SHORT WHILE AGO. CAN YOU HEAR US? COURTNEY, CAN YOU HEAR US? >>I KNOW YOU’RE DRIVING. >>THIS IS COURTNEY FISHER DRIVING PAST A GRAIN WAREHOUSE. THEY ARE TRYING TO GET TO VARIOUS PARTS OF WINNIE TO SEE HIGH RESCUE VEHICLES. THIS IS ONE AREA, I SEE THE LIGHTS IN THE DISTANCE. I’M NOT SURE IF THAT IS A TEXAS TASK FORCE VEHICLE THAT THEY ARE FOLLOWING. YOU SEE A NUMBER OF THEM.>>>>>LIVE PICTURES THIS MORNING FROM OUR CRUISE OUT IN WINNIE. THE FLOODING IS DEVELOPING IN THE CITY. THERE IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR CHAMBERS COUNTY AND LIBERTY COUNTY INCLUDING MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND SAN JACINTO COUNTY. AN INTENSE FEEDER BAND IS MOVING THROUGH. IT WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE SOUTHWARD INTO HOUSTON OVER THE NEXT HOUR. I WILL HAVE FUTURE TRACK COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. >>>WELCOME BACK. THIS IS LIVE COVERAGE. YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING US ALL MORNING LONG AS WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE STORM. LET’S GO OVER AND THE WEATHER CENTER. COLIN, WHAT DO WE EXPECT IN HOUSTON. COULD WE GET SOME FLOODING? >>I THINK WE WILL SEE HEAVY RAIN COME DOWN. NOT TO THE LEVEL OF WINNIE. THESE STORMS HAVE TURNED SOUTH AND WEST. THESE THUNDERSTORMS ARE ROLLING DOWN. I WANT TO SHOW YOU THE TEXT I HAVE. TIMES OF ARRIVAL. THIS IS THE LATEST FROM THE WEATHER SERVICE. WHERE WATCHING THIS CLOSELY. FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS CONTINUE. THESE STORMS HAVE NOT PRODUCED ROTATION. I WOULD EXPECT TO SEE SOME HEAVY WIND GUSTS WITH THESE AS THEY MOVED TO THE SOUTH AND WEST. I AM WORRIED ABOUT A POPULATED AREA DURING THE COMMUTE. THE HEAVY RAIN IS ABOUT TO FALL. IF YOU ARE OUT THERE NOW, THE THUNDERSTORMS ARE MOVING TO THE SOUTH. YOU CAN SEE HOW THE STORMS HAVE REALLY BEEN TRYING TO BACK BUILD . THEY ARE SHIFTING SOUTH. WHAT I BELIEVE IS HAPPENING IS WE’RE SEEING A SECOND FEEDER BAND SET UP SOUTH OF THE NORTHERN ONE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY. THE CENTER OF THE STORM IS UP. NORTH. WE’RE SEEING A SECOND BAND SET UP JUST NORTH OF THIS LINE AND SOUTH OF WHERE THE INITIAL FEEDER BAND WAS. YOU ARE GETTING A GOOD HEADS-UP FOR THIS AFTERNOON. IF THERE’S ANYTHING YOU NEED TO GET DONE HERE, I WOULD GO AND GET IT DONE NOW, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 10. TO THE NORTH, WE HAVE FLOODING RAINS. LET’S SAMPLE SOME NUMBERS COMING IN. THESE WILL BE VERY HIGH. ALMOST CARRY RAINFALL AMOUNTS COMING DOWN. IT IS DEEP TROPICAL MOISTURE. TWO INCHES PER HOUR. ALMOST 4 INCHES PER HOUR NORTH OF KINGWOOD. I DO BELIEVE THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL PULL THE TRIGGER ON A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY. WE WON’T SEE THE A MALE OF RAINFALL THAT WHEN HE SAW. IT WOULD GET FIVE TO 10 INCHES OF RAINFALL OUT OF THESE THUNDERSTORMS AS SLOWLY AS THEY ARE MOVING, IF WE DO, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WATCH FOR THE POSSIBILITY THAT THEY COULD PULL EMERGENCY FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS. KINGWOOD, HUMBLE, YOU CAN’T HOLD ANY MORE RAIN THAN YOU ARE SEEING NOW. IF YOU ARE IN THOSE AREAS, HEADS UP. THIS IS A VERY EARLY HEADS UP. WE SEE THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY BUILDING TO THE SOUTH AND WEST. RIGHT NOW I’M NOT AS CONCERNED FOR HOUSTON. IF WE GET A TORNADO OR THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS THAT ARE SERIOUS WE WILL COVER THEM LIVE ON THE AIR. WE WILL BE WATCHING IT FOR YOU. OKAY. KEEP US INFORMED. >>OKAY. WE’RE LIVE WITH CATHERINE. WHERE YOU? >>I’M OUTSIDE OF CLEVELAND.>>REPORTER: THIS MORNING WE HAVE BEEN DRIVING UP AND DOWN 59. TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE’RE SEEING OUT HERE. ABANDONED VEHICLES OFF OF 105. THE PROBLEM IS THAT YOU CAN SEE HOW FAST THE WATER IS MOVING OUT HERE. IT IS SEVERAL INCHES OF WATER. WHAT WE HAVE FOUND OUT FROM OFFICIALS AND FIRST RESPONDERS IS THAT THE ONLY AREA WHERE YOU CAN DRIVE IS ON 59. ONCE YOU GET ON FEEDER ROADS AND ONE BACK ROADS, IT IS DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO PASS. WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET TO A LOCATION IN CLEVELAND WHERE OF YOUR SENT US A PICTURE OF VERY HEAVY RAINING INSIDERS PROPERTY. YOU CAN SEE, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO GET ANYWHERE. THERE IS A MAN WALKING IN FLOODWATERS OVER THERE. IT IS ALL OVER THE PLACE WE HAVE SEEN. I WAS SPEAKING WITH SOMEBODY WITH THE EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE SAID THEY ARE ATTEMPTING TO ACCESS MORGAN CEMETERY ROAD. A LOT OF PEOPLE NEED HELP THERE AT THIS HOUR. THEY ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY. A COUPLE OF PEOPLE ARE OVER HERE TRYING TO PUSH A TRUCK OR CAR OUT OF THE WAY. IT’S ALL OVER THE PLACE. WE HAVE SEEN VEHICLES PULLED OVER ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. EVEN ON 59 THERE WERE SPOTS WHERE THERE WAS VERY HIGH WATER. WE HAD TO REALLY SLOW DOWN. THIS IS VERY WIDESPREAD.>>IT IS. IT’S ALL OVER THE MIDDLE EAST PART OF THE VIEWING AREA AND ALL THE WAY TO BEAUMONT. MAJOR EMERGENCIES ALL THE WAY TO BEAUMONT. IT LOOKS LIKE THAT IS TO THE NORTH AND NORTHEAST. >>LOOK AT THOSE PICTURES IN CLEVELAND. WE HAVE GOTTEN A LOT OF VIDEO. LOOK AT THE PICTURES, WE’VE BEEN TALKING TO YOU ABOUT 105 RAW MORNING. >>RIGHT. LET ME STEP OUT OF THE WAY. THIS IS 105. UNDERWATER. WE BELIEVE IT WAS LONGER THAN THAT BUT NOW, TRAFFIC IS MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE INTERSECTION. YOU HAVE FLASHING LIGHTS. YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET OFF AT THAT LOCATION. ON ENFORCEMENT IS THERE. THEY MIGHT WANT TO MAKE SURE IT IS TOTALLY SAFE TO DO THAT. RIGHT NOW THE SOUTHWEST FREEWAY, A LOT OF YOU HAVE TRIED PAVEMENT. CHANT PLANS WERE BEING CHANGED WITH WEATHER CONDITIONS. LET’S SHOW YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING. WET ROADS. DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE WORRISOME FOR EVERYBODY AND MORE SO AS WE GO THROUGH THE DAY. INTERSTATE 10 BETWEEN HOUSTON AND BEAUMONT IS A NO GO. IT JUST CLOSE. A LOT OF YOU THINK I’LL JUST DRIVE OUT THERE AND SEE IF I CAN MAKE IT THROUGH. YOU WON’T. I WORK CREWS ARE THERE. THEY ARE BEING DIRECTED OFF INTERSTATE. THIS IS BEAUMONT. YOU CAN TELL TRAFFIC DATA, THE PURPLE MEANS SHUT DOWN. NO TRAFFIC IS BEING ALLOWED ON INTERSTATE 10. AND THEN WE HAVE INTERSTATE 124, THAT IS ALSO CLOSE. ALSO TOWARD LIBERTY COUNTY, U.S. 90 IS SEEING CLOSURES. STATE HIGHWAYS AND COUNTY ROADS, MAJOR CORRIDORS ARE SHUT DOWN DUE TO THE FLOOD CONDITIONS. YOUR DRIVE TIMES THIS MORNING, COMING IN FROM THE EAST SIDE NEAR METRO, FROM BAYTOWN, IF YOU ARE TRAVELING WEST ON 225 IN FROM CLEARLAKE, IT WAS SO BAD . AND NEEDS YOUR DRIVE THIS MORNING BUT STILL BE AWARE, DRIVING CONDITIONS WILL CHANGE. KEEP AN EYE ON THE FORECAST. >>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE HAVE JUST GOTTEN INFORMATION, BREAKING NEWS. THERE IS WATER COMING INTO HOMES IN HOFFMAN. WE SAW CLEVELAND, THAT’S WHERE CATHERINE WAS. NOW WE’RE LEARNING THERE IS WATER COMING INTO HOMES IN HOFFMAN AS WELL. >>YES. IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US, LOOK AT THE RADAR BEHIND US AND YOU CAN SEE WHY THIS COULD BE A FLOOD EMERGENCY. MAYBE LATER ON THIS MORNING, YOU WANT TO BE PREPARED. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A WAY TO GET HOME AND KEEP TRACK OF THIS STORM SO YOU CAN GET HOME SAFELY. >>SO MANY PEOPLE ARE SAYING LISTEN, WE DODGED A BULLET. WE COULD POTENTIALLY SEE SOME OF THIS. WE WERE TALKING OFF-CAMERA ABOUT THIS AND ASKING WHETHER WE COULD SEE THIS. WE CAN SEE SOME OF THIS. WE WILL JOIN IN ON THE NEWS ON ABC13 RIGHT NOW. >>>BREAKING NEWS. OKAY. FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY STILL IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND LIBERTY AND CHAMBERS COUNTY. DEALING WITH AN INTENSE AND EXPLOSIVE BAND OF HEAVY RAIN. THE FEEDER BAND IS TAKING A SOUTHWEST TURN INTO HARRIS COUNTY. EVENTUALLY IT WILL IMPACT DOWNTOWN. LOOK AT THE FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS CAN 10 EWING UNTIL ABOUT 11:15. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT WATER ENTERING HOMES IN HOFFMAN. I’M GETTING INFORMATION FROM PEOPLE THAT CRYSTAL CREEK HAS GONE OUT OF ITS BANKS AND THE WATER IS ENTERING PROPERTY AND POTENTIALLY ENTERING HOMES. WE ARE LOOKING AT HIGH RAINFALL RATES. COLIN MYERS JUST MENTIONED ANYWHERE BETWEEN TWO AND FOUR INCHES PER HOUR. THAT IS GOING TO CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE MORNING AND DURING THE AFTERNOON AS THE HEAVY RAIN BUILDS FURTHER TOWARD THE SOUTH AND WEST TOWARD HOUSTON. IN FORT BEND COUNTY YOU CAN SEE THE RAINFALL TOTALS OVER THE LAST 12 HOURS. MORE RAIN OVER THE SAME AREAS, TRAINING IN THOSE AREAS. HERE IS A WIDER VIEW. SHOWERS AND STORMS ARE FILLING NEAR THE FEEDER BAND. THIS IS WHAT FUTURE TRACK SHOWS. TWO TO FOUR INCHES PER HOUR AS THE SYSTEM PUSHES SOUTH AND EVENTUALLY TOWARD THE COASTLINE LATER ON THIS AFTERNOON.>>WE ARE CHECKING YOUR DRIVE. WE’RE SEEING STORMS MOVE IN. LOW VISIBILITY FOR DRIVING CONDITIONS AND IT’S MORE DIFFICULT TO SEE WATER IN THE AREA. WE HAVE A PROBLEM ON THE HOV LANE. WE HAVE HIGH WATER ON I-10. IT’S IMPASSABLE IN WINNIE. SPIVAK NORTHEASTERN PARTS NORTHERN HARRIS COUNTY’S PAYMENT WE STILL HAVE RAIN COMING DOWN MOUNT >>>BELLEVUE SPIVAK WHERE GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAVE EXTREME RAIN THE NEXT FEW HOURS OR SO. UNTIL FINALLY WORKS ITS WAY TO THE CENTER. GETTING A PRETTY HEAVY DOWNPOUR THE LAST HOUR OR TWO LOOKS LIKE IT’S ABOUT TO COME TO AN END FOR YOU. BUT FOR THE DURATION OF THE RANGE WOULD BE HIGHER THE FARTHER EAST YOU GO. SO THE EAST SIDE OF HOUSTON IS GOING TO END UP PICKING UP MORE RAIN ON THE WEST SIDE, OVER THE EAST SIDE OF HOUSTON. SIX INCHES Mac-SEVEN INCHES MAC. IN THE CENTRAL PART OF THE CITY AND DOWNTOWN HOUSTON YOU CAN EXPECT ANYWHERE FROM TWO PACKAGES-FIVE INCHES MAC TO WORK ITS WAY TO THE SOUTH. THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. THE FLASHLIGHT EMERGENCY UNDERWAY FOR NORTH- CENTRAL HARRIS COUNTY THAT INCLUDES THE NORTH SIDE OF THE NORTH EAST SIDE OF HOUSTON AND THAT FLASHLIGHT EMERGENCY GOES UNTIL NOON TIME COMING UP TODAY. WE HAVE NOT BEEN UNDER FLASHLIGHT EMERGENCY SINCE HURRICANE HARVEY HERE IN HOUSTON . AND SO, THAT JUST SHOWS YOU HOW DANGEROUS THE SITUATION IS. I ADVISED THAT YOU NOT TRAVEL IN HOUSTON OVER THE NEXT TWO TO -THREE HOURS OR SO INTO THE SPRING COMES TO AN END. IT SORT OF FEELS LIKE THE SAME TYPE OF STORM AS WE HAD TO THE FOURTH OF JULY. NOT THE ONE BEFORE THAT, THE ONE THAT RAINED OUT THE FESTIVITIES DOWN THERE. DOWN AT ELEANOR TINSLEY PARK. THIS IS A LOT LIKE THAT. THERE IS A DRAINAGE SYSTEM THAT CAUSED ON STREET FLOODING IN A VERY SHORT TIME THAT’S WHAT WE ARE SEEING NOW. WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE SEEING THAT, COMING OVER THE NEXT TWO TO-THREE HOURS. AND IT WILL SLOWLY SAG ITSELF TO THE SOUTH. SO THAT’S WHAT WERE SEEING NOW. I HAVEN’T CHANGED RADAR ABUSE JUST TO GIVE YOU SOMEWHAT OF A WIDER SHOT. THERE, WE GO. AND YOU CAN SEE THAT THE HEAVIEST RAIN APPEARS TO BE MOVING JUST SOUTH OF BEAUMONT RIGHT NOW. THINGS ARE LOOKING BETTER IN BEAUMONT. PEOPLE IN BEAUMONT STILL SEEING SOME MODERATE RAIN DOWN SOUTH OF BEAUMONT. BUT IT’S ARCING BACK TO PARTS AND THEN INTO PARTS OF LIBERTY COUNTY. THEY HAVE BEEN SO TERRIBLY HARD THIS MORNING AND FINISHED ARCHING BACK INTO PARTS OF HARRIS COUNTY. THE RAIN IS NOT TOO TERRIBLY BAD RIGHT NOW JUST BODY SHOWERS. BUT WE ARE PRETTY GOOD AT THIS TIME AND AS YOU SAW ON THE COMPUTER MODEL YOU SAW THAT LINE OF STORMS AND WILL PROBABLY GIVE YOU AN INTRO TO CHICK OF RAIN IN THAT AREA. THE HIGHER AMOUNT OF RAIN, YOU COULD GET SOMEWHERE CLOSE TO 67 INCHES OF RAIN ON THAT SIDE OF TOWN, GUYS. SPIVAK DAVID WE LOOK AT THAT MAP IF YOU’RE ABLE TO WRING IT UP BECAUSE THE NORTHERN AREA Q MAC I’VE HAD SOME FOLKS IN KINGWOOD YOU KNOW JUST GIVE ME A CALL IN SOUTH KINGWOOD AS WELL. AND THAT HUMBLED AREA AND, WOW, THEY SAID THEY SAW IT EIGHT INCHES MAC JUST DURING THE PAST SEVERAL HOURS. I DON’T KNOW THEY’RE EXAGGERATING OR NOT. THOSE TRAINING SHOWERS. SPIVAK WITH THOSE ARE RADAR ESTIMATES. A LITTLE FURTHER TO THE EAST THERE WOODLANDS BETWEEN SOMEWHERE BETWEEN ONE AND THREE INCHES. AND HUMBOLDT INN ON THE NORTH SIDE THERE IT IS. SPIVAK THIS MAP IS KIND OF SLOW TO UPDATE THEIR. SO THE ACTION ACTUAL TOTALS MAYBE JUST A LITTLE HIGHER THAN THAT RIGHT NOW. SO WE MIGHT BE TALKING ABOUT A FOOT OF RAIN FALL. SPIVAK THAT IS JUST AMAZING. FRAN ONE I DON’T KNOW IF WE HAVE THAT PICTURE OUT OF KINGWOOD NOW. IT’S JUST INCREDIBLE HOW MANY LIGHTNING STRIKES THERE ARE. SPIVAK AND THERE ARE DIFFERENT CHARACTERS DIDN’T HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF LIGHTNING BUT MEMORIAL DAY STORM HAD A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF LIGHTNING. I’M SURE SHE REMEMBERS THE NIGHT THAT THE MEMORIAL DAY STORM CAME IN AND THE LIGHTNING WAS SO FREAKY IT’S LIKE NOTHING I HAVE EVER SEEN. THAT TYPE OF ELECTRICAL ACTIVITY JUST A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF LIGHTNING BEAR. IF YOU DON’T STAY INSIDE BECAUSE OF THE RAIN, PLEASE DO SO FOR THE LIGHTNING. THERE’S PROBABLY GOING TO BE A LOT OF POWER OUTAGES AND IT APPEARS TO BE CENTERED AROUND BUSH AIRPORT AND TO THE SOUTH RIGHT INTO THE HEART OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON. I INK THE STORM IS REALLY FEEDING ON THE HEAT OF THE CITY AND THE INSTABILITY THAT WE ARE SEEING, ALMOST OFF THE CHARTS. THE SINGLE AMOUNT OF INSTABILITY THAT WE HAVE IN THE ATMOSPHERE THIS PAST SPRING WITH THOSE THUNDERSTORMS COULD DO THOSE SOFTBALL -SIZED HAILSTORMS. ON THE EAST SIDE OF TOWN, THAT’S THE SAME AMOUNT OF INSTABILITY IN THE ATMOSPHERE RIGHT NOW. SO WE HAVE THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF FUEL FOR THIS. AND HIGH AMOUNTS OF RAIN, PROBABLY UP AROUND THREE INCHES AND HOURS GOING TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT TWO TO TO THREE HOURS AND THAT’S WHY THE HEART OF HOUSTON EASLEY 3 TO 5 INCHES AND IT COULD GET MORE LIKE SIX, SIX, SEVEN INCHES. >>DAVID CERTAINLY WARNED US A FEW DAYS AGO THAT WE WERE GOING TO GET THIS AMOUNT OF RAIN. THIS IS A TWEET JUST IN FROM THE HOUSTON POLICE CHIEF. JFK IS NOT PASSABLE WE TALKED ABOUT THE GROUND STOP AT BUSH AIRPORT IS NOTHING COMING IN, OR GOING OUT. SO YOU THINK YOU WANT TO FLY OUT THIS HAPPENED ABOUT AN HOUR AGO AND RIGHT NOW IT CONTINUES TO BE SHUT DOWN. BUT THERE YOU HAVE THE REST OF THE TWEET THAT KINGWOOD AREA CONTINUES WITH ROADS OF 59, AVOID TRAVELING, RAIN IS EXTREMELY HEAVY RIGHT NOW. WATCHING BOATS ALONG KINGWOOD DRIVE NOW. WE WANT TO GO TO HER TO FIND OUT WE CAN SEE BEHIND YOU ALREADY SOME DAMAGE THERE. >>IT HAS BEEN POURING LIKE THIS FOR HOURS. AND TAKE A LOOK AT IS WHAT IS BEHIND ME. AND CON IN NORM STREET FELL ON TOP OF THE HOME. AND LET ME TELL YOU WHAT’S REALLY INCREDIBLE ABOUT THIS. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN DUE TO WIND IT HAPPENED BECAUSE THE GROUND WAS SO SATURATED. WE HAVE SEEN SO MUCH RAIN, SO MUCH WATER AND IF YOU REALLY LOOK AT THIS ROOT SYSTEM. YOU CAN SEE HOW LARGE THIS TREE IS. I’M GOING TO SPEAK TO LARRY HE LIVES NEXT DOOR AND LUCKILY NOBODY WAS HOME WHEN YOU HEARD THE STREET COME DOWN. >>I WAS ON MY BACK PORCH WHEN I HEARD IT COME DOWN AND I REALIZED IT WAS MY NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR HERE. AND FOUND OUT THAT SHE WAS NOT HOME. YES IT WAS >>VERY LOUD. IF YOU DON’T MIND TAKING US AROUND IF WE COULD GET AN IDEA OF JUST HOW BAD THE STORM DAMAGE OUT HERE IS. I THINK THAT YOUR OWN I LOVE THAT IS PLAYING MARVIN GAYE, WE NEED A LITTLE BIT OF LIGHTNESS OUT HERE, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE ARE LOOKING AT DAMAGE LIKE THIS. WHERE SEE NOT ONLY DAMAGE FROM THE STORM BUT WE ARE SEEING CARS STARTING THIS ALL OUT AND FLOODED ROADS AND IT HAS JUST NOT STOPPED RAINING. LARRY, IF YOU COULD WE ARE GOING TO FOLLOW YOU INSIDE THE HOME. WE DID GET PERMISSION JUST TO LOOK AT HOW BAD THINGS ARE OUT HERE. AGAIN, THANKFULLY, NOBODY HOME HERE WHEN THIS ENORMOUS TREE CAME DOWN. BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, THE DAMAGE OUT HERE IS PRETTY BAD. THE TREE FELL, MOSTLY ON THE GARAGE AREA OF THE HOME. BUT WE CAN JUST SEE WATER COMING IN, OBVIOUSLY NOT SOMETHING ANY HOMEOWNERS YOU WANT TO SEE BUT THIS IS WHAT WE ARE SEEING OUT HERE IN KINGWOOD. IF YOU COULD GIVE US AN IDEA OF WHAT THE AREA IS. >>ALL ROADS ARE UNDERWATER. I’M SORRY. KINGWOOD IS UNDERWATER, AND MOUNT WOOD-BURNING TREE IS ALSO UNDERWATER SO WE ARE KIND OF LANDLOCKED RIGHT HERE WITH A LOT OF WATER. >>AND THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON? >>THAT’S RIGHT. AND WE ARE GOING TO ACTUALLY GO BACK OUT TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA WHAT THOSE STREETS LOOK LIKE. I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE CAME HERE FROM THE STATION GOING NORTH ON 59. AND WE JUST ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS GET WORSE AND WORSE AND WORSE. AND WE CONTINUED GOING NORTHBOUND 59 YOU CAN SEE WATER COMING INTO THE HOME HERE. OBVIOUSLY NOBODY WANTS TO SEE THIS TYPE TRAN ONE I THINK WE MAY HAVE JUST LOST HER I WOULD IF WE COULD GO THERE. FRAN ONE THE ONE RIGHT THERE ON JFK. BELTWAY NORTH AND JFK WE HEADED JUST A COUPLE OF MINUTES AGO BUT THAT’S WHAT ART ACEVEDO WAS SPEAKING ABOUT A COUPLE MINUTES AGO, ALMOST AS ROADS AND THE SERVICE ROADS ARE SHUT DOWN. >>SO IF YOU’RE HEADED OUT, YOU CAN SEE IT IS A PARKING LOT AND WE ARE ALSO DEALING WITH HIGH WATER THERE. YOU JUST WANT TO AVOID THIS AREA AT LEAST AT THIS POINT THERE AREN’T ANY FLIGHTS GOING IN OR OUT. WE WENT TO HEAD TO SPLENDORA WHERE THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF HIGH WATERS. THAT’S WHERE WE CAN FIND OUR CATHERINE MOORE SANDLOT LIFE AND CATHERINE WHERE ARE YOU YOU MAC? >>TAKE A LOOK AT THIS, THIS IS 2090 AND YOU CANNOT EVEN SEE THE STREET LEVEL BECAUSE IT IS UNDERWATER. THERE IS A VALERO GAS STATION BEHIND ME AND WE CAN BARELY SEE THE TOP OF A DUMPSTER. THAT IS HOW HIGH THE WATER IS OUT HERE. I’M HERE WITH NATHAN DOYLE AND TELL ME WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN SITTING OUT >>HERE Q MAC I’VE SEEN A LOT OF CARS GET STUCK, FIRE RESCUE IS TRYING TO HELP EVERYBODY ANI TR MORNING AND THIS IS AS FAR AS I GOT UNTIL I GET BACK HOME. TRAN TO AND YOU ARE TRYING TO GET TO THE LONE STAR? THEY HELP OUT WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT BUT THE WATER SO HIGH YOU CAN’T EVEN GET TO THE RESCUE TEAM? >>TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FAMILY ARE THEY SAY Q MAC THE VEHICLES ARE SAFE, OTHER THAN THAT, WE STILL HAVE A CITY AND WE HAVE SO WE ARE DOING PRETTY GOOD OVER THERE. THIS MORNING WE WENT UP TO CLEVELAND AND CAME BACK AND I KNOW AROUND 6:30 THIS MORNING IT WAS GETTING PRETTY BAD. PEOPLE TOLD US THE TRAM ROAD AREA WAS NOT REALLY PASSABLE AND THAT’S WHERE YOUR FAMILY IS Q MAC >>YES, MA’AM, I HAD TO TURN AROUND. TELL ME WHAT YOU’RE SEEING COMPARED TO WHAT YOU SAW COMPARED TO HURRICANE HARVEY >>THERE WHOLE TIME THERE WAS FLOODING AND IT’S ABOUT THE SAME. THAT I HAVE SEEN IN PICTURES IT’S RISING AND IT IS GOING TO KEEP ON RISING. >>AND HERE IS A MAN DRIVING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD THAT DOES NOT LOOK SAFE HE MAY NEED TO PULL OVER. WE SAW AN 18 WHEELER STRUGGLING TO GET THROUGH HERE AND THAT TRUCK DOESN’T REALLY LOOK TALL ENOUGH. YOU ARE PART OF THE LONE STAR TASK FORCE WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO PEOPLE IN SPLENDORA RIGHT NOW IS TO MARK >>IT TO HIGH GROUND. DON’T BLOW UP THE PHONE IF YOU DON’T HAVE >>TO. DON’T DRIVE ANYWHERE. IN WHAT IS YOUR PLAN NOW? >>I TRIED EXITING AND MANY OTHER EXITS AND I CAN’T GET HOME. >>WERE ALL HAVE YOU TRIED? >>I HAVE TRIED BACK ALL THE WAY UP TO CLEVELAND BUT THEY ARE >>ALL UNDERWATER. AND THAT’S WHAT POLICE TOLD US EARLY THIS MORNING THAT THEY WERE SEEING HIGH WATER ON THE HEATER ROADS AND IT’S ONLY GOT WORSE SINCE THEN. BUT WE APPRECIATE YOU, WE >>Reporter:HOPE YOU STAY SAFE WE HOPE YOUR FAMILY STAY SAFE. THERE’S A MAN WALKING IN THE FLOODWATERS BEHIND US HERE. I AM NOT SURE WHERE HE IS HEADED OR WHAT HIS PLAN IS, BUT IT DOES NOT SEEM SAFE FOR PEOPLE TO BE OUT HERE BECAUSE THE WATER SO HIGH. 59, AGAIN, REALLY THE ONLY AREA WE CAN DRIVE. AND WE SAW SOME AREAS AROUND THE MORGAN CEMETERY ROAD WHERE THERE WERE SOME ISSUES AS WELL. THE TRUCKS WERE TAKING IT SLOW, EVERYBODY WAS TAKING IT SLOW, SOUTHBOUND ON 59 WERE GOING TO GO BACK INTO THE STUDIO. >>YOU SAW THAT GUY WALKING THERE THE WATER WITH AT LEAST BI-HIGH. >>NICK IT DOESN’T LOOK GOOD OUT THERE FOR WHAT LOOKED LIKE ENDLESSLY IN THEIR MINDS. >>Reporter: NOW, WE HAVE BEEN TRAVELING UP I-10 WE GOT TAKEN OFF BY GPS WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO MAKE OUR WAY UP TO 90 AND HAS BEEN TREACHEROUS, WITH A LOT OF WATER ON THE ROADWAY. AND THERE’S A LOT OF FLOODING. AND WE PULLED OVER. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS OVER HERE. THERE’S ACTUALLY SOMEONE WITH A BACKHOE, AND YOU’RE NOT SEEING THINGS ON TV. HE IS BUILDING A MOAT AROUND HIS HOUSE, TRYING TO STOP THAT WATER FROM PENETRATING. AS WE LOOK AROUND HERE YOU CAN SEE THE WATERS QUICKLY GETTING UP TO SOME OF THESE PEOPLE’S HOMES. THIS GUY HAS GRABBED A BACKHOE. HE IS DIGGING OUT HIS YARD AND CREATING THAT MOAT BACK THERE OVER THERE AND SO FAR, IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S WORKING PRETTY WELL. I CAN SEE THE FRONT YARD AND NOW HE’S IN THE BACK MINDED THAT MOAT ALL THE WAY AROUND. THIS IS THE ROADWAY. IF YOU’RE DRIVING UP, AGAIN, WE CAME UP FROM HANKAMER AND YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF IT HAS A WATER ON THE ROAD. ONLY IN A FEW SPOTS IT’S A LITTLE BIT WORSE IN SOME OTHER SPOTS. WE GOT TAKEN OFF OF I 10 SO TO THESE TWO GENTLEMEN, WALTER AND STEVE FROM LAFAYETTE, THEY ARE TRYING GET BACK TO LOUISIANA. TELUS, WALTER WHAT IS IT LIKE OUT HERE? >>EVERY ROAD IS COMPLETELY INUNDATED. EVERYBODY WOULD BE STUCK BACK HERE, AND THIS IS WHAT I SAW IN KATRINA WHERE WATER WAS LIKE THIS EVERYWHERE. THERE IS REALLY LOTS OF WATER. ON INTERSTATE, THE INTERSTATE IS SHUT DOWN. THEY HAD TRUCKS UNDERWATER. BIG 18 WHEELERS ARE STUCK. WE’RE JUST TRYING TO HEAD NORTH, CATCH A COUNTRY ROAD ONTO BEAUMONT. GET THE OUT OF HERE. COULD YOU DESCRIBE WHAT YOU SAW STEVE? >>I SAW SOME PEOPLE GET IN A BOAT THAT PULLED UP TO THEIR FRONT DOOR. THE DOGS WERE RUNNING LOOSE, THE COWS WERE RUNNING LOOSE. YEAH. >>Reporter: WALTER, WHAT DID YOU SEE AS WELL? >>ANIMALS IN THE FIELD IS WHAT I SAW. NOBODY IS TAKING CARE OF THEM. I SAW MOSTLY COWS AND PIGS EVERYWHERE. >>Reporter: WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS GUY USING THE BACKHOE? >>THIS GUY IS SERIOUS. HE IS WORKING HARD TO KEEP HIS HOUSE. >>Reporter: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SAFE TRAVELS BACK TO LOUISIANA. I TALKED TO A NUMBER OF PEOPLE AS WE TRAVEL UP AND DOWN HERE AND YOU COULD SEE THEM, SEE THAT TRUCK TRYING TO MAKE IT THROUGH. BUT I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT SOME OF THE STORIES THAT I RAN INTO. I RAN INTO A NUMBER OF PEOPLE OUT HERE IN HANKAMER. THEY HAD LOADED DURING HURRICANE HARVEY AND NOW THEY ARE DEALING WITH THIS ONCE AGAIN. THEY ARE TAKING WHAT THEY CAN OUT OF THEIR HOMES, OBVIOUSLY, HEALING FRUSTRATION AND CONCERN AS THEY ARE TRYING TO GRAB WHAT THEY CAN. THE MESSAGE I HEARD FROM THEM IS HERE WE GO AGAIN. WHILE WE WERE IN ONE HOME I HAVE BEEN POSTING TO MY SOCIAL MEDIA, ONE HOUSE HAD SEVERAL INCHES, AND ANOTHER HOME HAD HALF A FOOT OF WATER. THERE WATER HERE AS YOU CAN SEE, WE’RE TRYING TO GET OVER THERE BUT IS JUST TO DEEP TO GET OVER THERE TO TALK TO THIS GENTLEMAN.>>YOU NEED A BOAT TO GET OVER THERE. I’VE HEARD SO MANY REPORTS, JUST IN THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA AS WELL. MELANIE, SO MANY PEOPLE SAYING, WITH HARVEY IT WASN’T THIS BAD. IN OTHER AREAS IT WAS, BUT NOW IN OUR AREA, WE NEVER EXPERIENCED SOMETHING LIKE THIS SO IT’S FUNNY HOW THE WATER JUST SORT OF CHANNELS ITS WAY. >>WE ARE JUST CONTINUING TO WATCH THIS GUY DETERMINED TO BUILD A MOAT AROUND HIS HOUSE. AND IT MAY BE WORKING AS NICK SAID. THANK YOU SO MUCH NICK WILL CHECK BACK IN WITH YOU A FEW MINUTES AND RIGHT NOW WE ARE LOOKING AT OUR MEMORIAL TOWER CAM TOWARD DOWNTOWN. YOU ALMOST CAN’T SEE THE SKYLINE BECAUSE OF THE RAIN AND CLOUDS THERE. BUT WE DO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE OF THINGS. IN CONROE WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF SCHOOLS WITHOUT POWER. 10 CAMPUSES OUT OF 64 HAVE NO POWER. AND MOST OF THE SCHOOLS DON’T HAVE STUDENTS, MOST OF THE PARENTS THEM HOME. SO THAT IS THE GOOD BIT OF NEWS. WE DO WANT TO TELL YOU IF FOR SOME REASON YOU LOSE POWER AND THAT’S A GREAT POSSIBILITY, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD YOUR APP YOU CAN CONTINUE WATCH OUR LIVE COVERAGE. WE ARE GOING TO BE HERE TO GET US THROUGH THIS. SO JUST REMEMBER TO DOWNLOAD OUR APP YOU CAN GO TO ABC 13.COM AND KEEP UP WITH US. WE MET THE NORTHEAST AREA CONTINUES TO GET HIT. AND OF COURSE OUR METEOROLOGISTS ALL OVER THIS. FORTUNATELY NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE ON THE ROAD, WHICH IS CERTAINLY A GOOD THING. BUT STILL, SO MANY ROADS. AND THE FEEDERS BEING FLOODED OUT, ALISA. UNFORTUNATELY ON THE NORTH BELT, START BY JFK. YOU SEE THIS ONE SITE IN PS2 TO WATER. >>THIS IS ALL OF THE TRAFFIC BACKED UP. YOU KNOW HOW IT IS. HEAVY LIGHTNING IN THE AREA, POOR VISIBILITY AND ON THIS AREA ONE OR TWO TO CARS GOING BY AT A TIME. IN THE AREA OF BUSH AIRPORT, JFK IMPASSABLE WE’VE ALREADY HEARD THAT FROM HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT. AND PEOPLE ON THE BELT JUST SITTING THERE ON THE TOLLWAY UNABLE TO MOVE. AND OF COURSE, YOU SEE THE NEED AROSE HAVING ISSUES AS WELL. VERY CONGESTED AT THIS HOUR BECAUSE OF PEOPLE SITTING BEHIND THE FLOODWATERS THAT COME UP UNDER THOSE MAIN ROADS. SO THIS IS THE BELT AT JFK, ONCE AGAIN IN BOTH DIRECTIONS, THE BELT ON THE NORTH SIDE HAVING MAJOR ISSUES. YOU SEE PEOPLE TRYING TO GET BY AT THIS LOCATION. IT IS STILL VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. THIS IS THE NORTH FREEWAY AT PARKER RIGHT NOW. IT HAS BEEN LIKE THIS FOR THE BETTER PART OF AN HOUR. SO IF YOU’RE SITTING AT HOME TRYING TO WAIT IT OUT, THIS IS GOING TO BE WITH US FOR SOME TIME. IT IS NOT GOING TO BE GONE IN THE NEXT 10-10 MINUTES. WE’RE TRACKING THIS FOR YOU TO LET YOU KNOW THIS IS GOING TO BE WITH US FOR THE BETTER PART OF THE MIDDAY. THE FREEWAY MOVING SLOWLY IN BO. THE NORTH FREEWAY SLOW GOING IN BOTH DIRECTIONS AS WELL. ALL OF THAT MAJOR LINE OF WHETHER, THE STORMS THAT ARE MOVING THROUGH OUR BLANKETING THE NORTH SIDE, CAUSING POOR DRIVING CONDITIONS ON OUR INTERSTATES. WE CAN SHOW YOU EXACTLY WHAT WAS MEANT AS WERE GETTING CLOSER TO DOWNTOWN AND EVEN AS YOU ENTER THE DOWNTOWN AREA YOU ARE STARTING TO SEE IS YOU MADE IT AT THE HOUSTON YOU ARE WONDERING WHAT IS IT GOING TO BE LIKE? SHOULD I RUN ACROSS THAT MEETING WAS MARK’S DAY. 290 THE NORTHWEST FREEWAY, JUST CONSTANT LIGHTNING. TAKING UP A LOT OF WATER. THAT GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF HOW EASY IT WOULD BE TO HYDROPLANE ONCE YOU’RE OUT THERE. AND EVEN THOUGH EVERYBODY IS TRYING TO MOVE IT POSTED SPEED, IT IS NOT A WISE. WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED WITH ALL THE WEATHER INFORMATION SO YOU CAN SEE ALONG THE NORTH SIDE OF THE DRIVE TIMES ARE SEEING WATER DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE CAUSING SLOWER DRIVE TIMES, BECAUSE IT IS SO ROUGH OUT THERE. WE DO WANT TO REMIND YOU OF WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH METRO. METRO HAS ANNOUNCED THAT BUS SERVICE FROM THAT EAST TECH AND KINGWOOD RIGHT IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE THE SITUATION BUT DUE TO FLOODING, I CAN METRO HOUSTON HAS ANNOUNCED BUS SERVICE FROM THE PARKING RIGHT IS SUSPENDED FOR NOW. STAY TUNED. IF YOU DROVE IN THIS MORNING AND YOU LEFT HER VEHICLE AT THE PARK-AND-RIDE AND YOU ARE HOPING TO GET BACK TO IT TODAY, THEY’RE KEEPING YOU UP-TO-DATE. SIGN UP FOR THE METRO ALERT THAT IS SPECIFICALLY FOR YOUR ROUTE AND THEY WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED AS WELL. OVER TO I 10, CLOSED AT WINNIE DUE TO POOR CONDITIONS ON THE MAIN LANES. EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND, THIS IS A MAJOR CORE DOOR. THIS IS BEEN LIKE THIS SINCE LAST NIGHT, SO IT’S REALLY NOT WORTH IT TO GET OUT THERE TODAY. TRYING TO JUST, I KNOW PEOPLE TWEET ME, THEY GET ON FACEBOOK AND SAY I JUST WANTED TO SEE HOW FAR I CAN GET. I WENT TO SEE IF I CAN MAKE IT TODAY. TRUST ME, YOU DON’T WANT TO TRY IT. BECAUSE WHAT WE ARE SEEING WITH OUR REPORTERS IS PEOPLE SUFFERING THROUGH POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS OUT THERE ALONE IN THEIR CARS. IF YOU ARE IN A SAFE CONDITION, STAY PUT BECAUSE DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE HORRIBLE OUT THERE. WE ARE BACK TO TO 290 AT 33rd, ANYTHING NORTH OF I 10 RIGHT NOW. >>IT’S CALLED LIFE TO THE MAYOR LET’S GO AHEAD AND LISTEN IN. >>I WAS GETTING EMAILS AND TEXT MESSAGES FROM PEOPLE AT WORK AND THEY WERE THINKING OF CLOSING SHOP. AND SENDING EMPLOYEES HOME. WANTED TO COME BACK AND SAY, LET’S NOT DO THAT. PLEASE DON’T DO THAT. WHEREVER YOU ARE RIGHT NOW, STAY PUT. IF YOU ARTWORK, PLEASE STAY PUT. ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE IN THE KINGWOOD, THE AIRPORT AREA, THE GREENS POINT AREA ON THE NORTHERN SIDE OF TOWN. AS THIS SYSTEM MAKES ITS WAY FROM THE NORTH HEADED SOUTH, AND UNTIL IT CLEARS OUR AREA, I AM GOING TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE, WHEREVER YOU ARE, PLEASE STAY WHERE YOU ARE. DO NOT THINK BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, YOU LOOK OUT AND THE WEATHER IS BAD, LET ME GET HOME. BECAUSE ESSENTIALLY, YOU WILL BE LEAVING A SAFE PLACE, GETTING OUT ON THE ROAD WHERE THERE IS A LOT OF WATER AND YOU WILL BE HEADING INTO DANGEROUS CONDITIONS. THE SYSTEM IS MOVING VERY SLOWLY. IT IS MOVING VERY SLOWLY, BUT I WANT TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE OVER THE NEXT 3 TO 40 HOURS, SIMPLY TO STAY WHERE YOU ARE. OKAY QUESTION MARK YOU ARE SAFER WHERE YOU ARE. IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY STRUCTURAL FLOODING, PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO CALL 911. WE HAVE ASSETS DEPLOYED THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF HOUSTON TO ASSIST YOU. GEEZ ACEVEDO FOR THE CHIEF DEPARTMENT, CHIEF PEÑA WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALONG WITH THEIR TEAMS, PUBLIC WORKS, OUT THERE ON THE GROUND AS WE SPEAK. AND SO, THE MAKE IS I KNOW THERE’S A TENDENCY TO SAY THIS IS BAD, IT’S GOING TO GET WORSE. I NEED TO GET HOME, OR I NEED TO GET SOME PARTICULAR PLACE. AND I WANT TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE JUST TO STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND ALLOW THE SYSTEM TO CLEAR THE AREA BEFORE YOU GET ON THE ROAD. YOU LEAVE A SAFE PLACE AND YOU GET OUT ON THE ROAD, YOU ARE PUTTING YOURSELF IN A MUCH MORE UNSAFE SITUATION. SO, STAY PUT. STAY PUT, AND I’M GIVING YOU THE SAME ADVICE THAT I HAVE GIVEN TO MY DAUGHTER, OKAY? BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER WAS ALSO CONSIDERING GETTING ON THE ROAD AND RETURNING HOME. DO NOT DO THAT. STAY WHERE YOU ARE, AND ALLOW THE SYSTEM TO CLEAR THE AREA. AND WE EXPECT THAT IT WILL BE AROUND, FOR THE NEXT THREE TO 40 HOURS, ALYSSA DECIDES TO STALL. TO STAY WHERE YOU ARE, THAT’S THE MAIN THING. WE ARE EXPERIENCING A NUMBER OF OUTAGES, ESPECIALLY THE NORTHERN SECTOR, THE LAST NUMBER I GOT FROM CENTERPOINT WAS ABOUT 24 TO THOUSAND. BUT WE ARE EXPERIENCING SOME OUTAGES. THE BAYOUS ARE STILL RELATIVELY DOING FINE. THE SYSTEM IS MOVING SLOWLY THROUGH, AND IT IS TAKING IT’S TIME TO LET ALLOW TO CLEAR OUR AREA. >>Reporter: SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST NERVOUS IT’S BEEN TWO TO YEARS SINCE HARVEY. >>AND UNDERSTANDABLY SO. BECAUSE THIS IS ONE OF THOSE SYSTEMS THAT WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING SINCE TUESDAY. IT WAS NAMED A TROPICAL STORM ON TUESDAY EVENING, LATE. TROPICAL STORM THEN BECAME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION, AND THEN WEDNESDAY, YESTERDAY IT SEEMED LIKE IT WAS MOVING TO THE EAST AND MOVING OUT OF OUR AREA AND AN OVERNIGHT WE STARTED TO GET QUITE A BIT OF RAIN IN THE NORTHERN PART OF OUR COUNTY. AND IT DROPPED A LOT OF RAIN, 5 TO 6 INCHES IN AN HOUR IN THE NORTHERN, EASTERN SECTORS. AND SO, IT HAS BEEN MOVING SLOWLY SO I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THE FACT THAT PEOPLE ARE ANXIOUS, AND WE’RE CERTAINLY CONCERNED WITH ANYBODY THUS FAR THAT HAS BEEN EXPERIENCING SOME STRUCTURAL FLOODING. WE KNOW IN SOME CASES IN THE KINGWOOD AREA AND NUMBER OF SUBDIVISIONS, THAT WE ARE FOLLOWING IN THOSE AREAS, WE ARE PAYING ESPECIALLY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE GREENS POINT AREA, TRACKING OVER TO THE NORTHEAST, I 10 AT NORMANDY, NORTH EAST SECTOR. THESE ARE AREAS THAT WERE ALSO IMPACTED BY HARVEY. SO WE UNDERSTAND PEOPLE’S ANXIETY AND NERVOUSNESS. WE UNDERSTAND PEOPLE’S NERVOUSNESS TO GET HOME. BUT I WILL SAY TO YOU IF YOU ARE IN SCHOOL, STAY THERE. IF YOU’RE ON YOUR JOB, STAY THERE. IF YOU ARE VISITING SOMEONE, STAY THERE. IF YOU ARE IN YOUR HOME, STAY IN YOUR HOME. AND IF YOU ARE ON THE ROAD, BE VERY CAREFUL DRIVING THEIR WATER OR ON THE FEEDERS OR ON THE SIDE STREETS, AND QUITE FRANKLY, IF YOU CAN GET OFF THE ROAD AND GET TO A SAFE AREA, DO THAT. BUT ALLOW THE SYSTEM, ALLOW MOTHER NATURE TO DO WHAT MOTHER NATURE DOES. WE ANTICIPATIT WILL BE CLEAR O HANGING AROUND FOR 3 TO 40 HOURS. BUT WHATEVER TIME IT TAKES, IT IS MOVING SLOWLY BUT ALLOWED TO CLEAR OUR AREA AND DON’T PUT YOURSELF, DON’T PUT YOURSELF AT RISK. THAT’S THE MAIN MISS YOU ISSUE RIGHT NOW. >>Reporter: DO YOU HAVE SOME RESOURCES PRE-STAGE, I SEE THE FIRE DEPARTMENT BEING USED, FIRE AND RESCUE. >>WE HAVE A LOT MORE HIGH WATER RESCUES THAN WE HAD. THOSE ASSETS HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED ALL OVER THE CITY. IT’S NOT LIKE DURING THE TAX DAY FLED, WE HAD TO MOVE ASSETS FROM ONE AREA AND THEN SHIP THEM TO ANOTHER. WE HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED ALL OVER THE CITY, AND WE ARE RESPONDING ALL OVER THE WATER RESCUES SOME IN THE KINGWOOD AREA. BUT IF YOU EXPERIENCE STRUCTURAL FLOODING PLEASE CALL 911 AND WE WILL GET YOU PRETTY QUICKLY. BUT IF YOU ARE NOT EXPERIENCING ANY STRUCTURAL FLOODING, PLEASE REMAIN WHERE YOU ARE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE SAFE AND DRY. BUT DON’T RUSH TO GET HOME OR REST TO GET SOMEPLACE ELSE. AND THAT APPLIES TO EVEN CITY EMPLOYEES, YOU NAME IT. IF YOU HAVE BUSINESS, FOR EXAMPLE WITH THE CITY, JUST WHEREVER YOU ARE, I WOULD RATHER YOU STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND BE SAFE THAN TO GET ON THE ROAD TO GET TO AN APPOINTMENT, UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY, IT CAN WAIT. AND ALLOW MOTHER NATURE TO DO WHAT IT DOES, AND CLEAR THE AREA AND WE ANTICIPATE THAT THE SYSTEM WILL BE AROUND FOR LET’S SAY ABOUT 3 TO 40 HOURS, MOVING SLOWLY BUT LET’S EXERCISE SOME PATIENTS AND WE ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WITHIN OUR POWER TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE TAKEN CARE OF AND THAT YOUR NEEDS ARE ATTENDED TO. EVERYTHING IS ON HOLD. IT WAS LAST REPORTED THAT I RECEIVED. BUT WE’RE STILL ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO REMAIN AT THAT AIRPORT AREA AND STAY THERE BEFORE GETTING ON THE ROAD AND GETTING INTO HIGH WATER IN THE STREETS. >>Reporter: I KNOW WE SPOKE A SHORT TIME AGO BUT YOU HAVE AN UPDATED NUMBER ON THE NUMBER OF OUTAGES? >>THE LA WE HEARD THAT THERE WERE TWO DICTA THREE IN THE AREA OF KINGWOOD BUT I HAVE NOT HEARD ANYTHING AT THIS POINT. >>THERE WERE NUMBER OF AND IF YOU RECALL I THINK IT WAS SIX INCHES OF RAIN THAT FELL IN ABOUT 10 HOURS. AND THEY EXPERIENCED FLOODING IN THAT AREA AND WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING THAT AREA AND THERE HAVE BEEN SOME RESCUES IN THAT AREA. I SUSPECT THE NUMBER RESCUES, STRUCTURAL FLOODING IN THE AREA MAY GO UP. I AM ANTICIPATE THAT, CHIEF PEÑA WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AS WELL AS CHIEF ACEVEDO ON THE GROUND WITH HER TEAMS AS WE SPEAK. I WAS HOPING WE’D GET AN UPDATE BEFORE WE CAME IN HERE. AS SOON AS WE GET IT, WILL MAKE THAT INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO YOU. SO IF ANYBODY’S EXPERIENCING THIS WE WOULD HOPE IT WOULD BE AT A MINIMUM. BUT A LOT DEPENDS ON THE SYSTEM AND IF IT HANGS AROUND AND IF IT STALLS THAT WILL COMPLICATE OUR GOBLIN. THE OTHER SITUATION THAT WE WANT TO BEAR IN MIND IS THAT A LOT OF WATER FELL OVERNIGHT. AND SO THAT WATER HAS TO GO SOMEPLACE. AND EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE THE GATE AT LAKE HOUSTON FULLY OPENED YOU KNOW, THERE’S MORE COMING AND THAT’S BEEN RELEASED. THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT’S BEEN CORRECTED FROM HURRICANE HARVEY THAT IS BEEN APPROVED BY FEMA AND IT HAS BEEN FUNDED IS INCREASING THE NUMBER OF CAKES FROM FOUR TO 10. AND THOSE ADDITIONAL GATES CERTAINLY WOULD HELP TO RELIEVE THAT AREA. BUT THAT’S ONE OF THE AREAS THAT HAS BEEN APPROVED AND WE WILL MOVE FORWARD. BUT, WE ARE WATCHING THAT AREA CLOSELY. WHAT IT DOES SAY, EVERY SYSTEM IS DIFFERENT. IT’S A RAIN EVENT, AND IT HAS ITS OWN IDEA, IT HAS ITS OWN PERSONALITY AND IS JUST TAKING IT’S TIME CLEARING OUR AREA. SO, I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE’S ANXIETIES. I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE’S NERVOUSNESS AND THEIR FEARS. BUT WE JUST WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE, JUST BE PATIENT, KIND OF STAY PUT. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES, BETTER TO BE ALWAYS PREPARED AND HAVE THINGS THAT YOUR HOME IN CASE THE SITUATION OF THIS KIND TAKES PLACE. BUT THE MESSAGE FOR RIGHT NOW, AND I WANTED TO COME BACK IS TO LET PEOPLE KNOW, PLEASE DON’T LOOK OUT AND SAY THIS IS BAD I NEED TO GET HOME, LET ME GET ON THE ROAD. YOU MAKE IT EVEN WORSE, SO BE PATIENT, WHEREVER YOU ARE, STAY THERE AND WE WILL BE BACK WITH YOU AND SAY OKAY, ROADS ARE MUCH BETTER, SYSTEM HAS MOVED AND THINGS ARE OKAY. BUT FOR RIGHT NOW UNTIL YOU HEAR BACK FROM US, STAY WHERE YOU ARE. >>ALL RIGHT YOU HEARD THAT MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR, STAY WHERE YOU ARE IT’S BETTER THAN GETTING ON THE ROAD AT THIS TIME. RESIST THE URGE TO HEAD HOME OR SOMEPLACE ELSE IF YOU CAN JUST STAY SAFE AND DRY WHERE YOU ARE.>>BY THE WAY THIS IS COMING FROM ONE OF OUR HOMES IN KINGWOOD. HE SHOWED US PICTURES OF WATER THAT WAS CREEPING UP SO CLOSE TO HIS DOOR BUT LET’S GET TO THE WEATHER DEPARTMENT, CHIEF FORECASTER DAVID TILLMAN. >>YEAH, THE GUYS THE REASON WE WANT TO BREAK IN HERE AS WE HAVE ANOTHER FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR NORTH-CENTRAL HARRIS COUNTY. THIS IS A BRAND-NEW ONE THAT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR SOUTHWESTERN COUNTY, EAST CENTRAL MONTGOMERY COUNTY, CHAMBERS COUNTY AND IT GOES UNTIL 2 PM AND IS THIS MORNING THAT ENCOMPASSES THE CONGO AREA, CLEVELAND AND DOWN TOWARDS LIBERTY THAT IS UNDER THE SPLASH FLOOD WARNING. TYPICALLY, WHEN WE GET A WARNING THIS SERIOUS, I LIKE TO READ IT WORD FOR WORD FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE ANYBODY OUT. AND I CERTAINLY DON’T WANT TO LEAVE ANY IMPORTANT INFORMATION OUT. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED FLOODING ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE WORN AREA, NUMEROUS ROAD CLOSURES, WATER RESCUES AND STRUCTURAL LETTING IS ONGOING. 15-25 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN FROM A MELD IN THIS PARTICULAR REGION SINCE IT STARTED. WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS, LOCALLY HIGHER THAN 15-25 AND LIBERTY IN CHAMBERS COUNTY, FLASH FLOODING HAS ALREADY OCCURRED. RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO STAY PUT AND DO NOT VENTURE OUT ON ROADWAYS. HERE’S THE IMPORTANT PART. SOME LOCATIONS THAT EXPERIENCE FLOODING WOULD INCLUDE CONROE, LIBERTY, CLEVELAND, DAYTON, WILLIS, ANAHUAC, PANORAMA VILLAGE, GLENDORA, PATTON VILLAGE, ROMAN FOREST, OLD RIVER RING THREE, CUT AND SHOOT, AMES, THEY SAID, CALIPHATE COVE AND ENDEAVORS. OKAY, AND JUST AS YOU HEARD FROM THE MAYOR JUST A MOMENT AGO, GO AHEAD AND STAY PUT. DON’T STAY PUT IN THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION BECAUSE WE ARE SEEING FLOODING TYPICALLY LIKE YOU WOULD GET IN A FLOODING LIKE A MEMORIAL DAY FLOOD ON ATTACKS THEY PLAYED IT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW FROM NORTH-CENTRAL HARRIS COUNTY, NORTH TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY, EAST TO LIBERTY COUNTY AND SOUTH INTO PARTS OF CHAMBER COUNTY. SO, DON’T ENTER OUT IN THIS. IF YOU WANT TO SAY PLACE, STAY THERE. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND PEOPLE LETTING PEOPLE OUT OF SCHOOL EARLY OR ANYTHING. IF YOU HAVE GOT TO TRAVEL, WAIT UNTIL THIS THING IS OVER. IT’S PROBABLY GOING TO BE OVER HOUSTON FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER 2 TO 3 HOURS. BY THE TIME YOU GET AT 2 O’CLOCK THINGS ARE GOING TO BE BETTER, I PROMISE. BUT RIGHT NOW THINGS ARE PRETTY BAD AT THERE. THERE’S THE SPLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF LIBERTY COUNTY AND INTO PARTS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY. HERE’S JUST IN LAST 12 HOURS SOME OF THE RAINFALL TOTALS THAT THE RADAR HAS BEEN ESTIMATED FROM THIS NEWLY STATIONARY BAND OF TRAINING STORMS. WORST OF IT HAS BEEN FROM ANY UP UP TOWARDS BEAUMONT. WHERE 20+ INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN JUST IN THE LAST 12 HOURS ACCORDING TO DOPPLER RADAR. IN THIS VICINITY HERE AND PARTS OF LIBERTY COUNTY, YOU CAN SEE DURING THE LAST 12 HOURS, NOW, THIS IS NOT INCLUDING WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY OR THE DAY BEFORE, THE LAST 12 HOURS ANYWHE FROM 100 INES OF RAINFALL HAS FALLEN. A LITTLE BIT FARTHER TO THE SOUTH, CLOSER TO OUR VIEWING AREA, THIS IS CLEVELAND, DOWN TOWARD KINGWOOD, AND OVER TOWARD CONROE, 9+ INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN JUST WITHIN THE LAST 12 HOURS OR SO. A LITTLE BIT CLOSER TO HOUSTON CLOSER TO THE AIRPORT, THESE ARE RADAR ESTIMATES, I THINK THAT ARE HIGHER THAN THIS THAT THE RAIN CONTINUES TO POUND THIS AREA WITH FIVE INCHES OR MORE HAS FALLEN HERE. AND THAT IS WHY THERE ARE WATER RESCUES GOING ON RIGHT NOW AND THAT IS ALSO WHY YOU DO NOT WANT TO VENTURE OUT, OKAY? SO HERE’S HOW IT LOOKS ON THE RADAR RIGHT NOW WE’VE GOT THIS LOOPING OVER THE LAST HOUR OR SO. WE’RE STILL GETTING EXTREMELY HEAVY RAIN AND PARTS OF CHAMBERS COUNTY. THINGS ARE LETTING UP BUT THERE’S STILL A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF STANDING WATER ON THE ROADS SO YOU DON’T WANT TO VENTURE OUT. OVER PARTS OF HOUSTON AND HARRIS COUNTY, THIS TREMENDOUS BAND OF RAIN IS STARTING TO SLOWLY MOVE THROUGH THE CITY. I THINK IT’S ONLY MOVING SOUTH AT ONLY 5 TO 8 MILES PER HOUR. SO THAT’S WHY IT’S NOT GOING TO BE UNTIL ABOUT 1 O’CLOCK TO 2 O’CLOCK THAT THINGS ARE GONNA BE MOVING OUT OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON. AND WE ARE SEEING AREAS OF SCATTERED SOUR ACTIVITY. NOW OUR METEOROLOGIST COLIN MEYER IS STANDING BY HIS GOT SOME SPECIFIC REPORTS OF SOME OF THINGS THAT ARE OCCURRING RIGHT NOW. >>THE ONE IN NORTHEASTERN HARRIS, SOUTHEASTERN JACINTO. ALSO TO BRING INTO YOU JUST GOT WORD THAT WHITE BAYOU AT PINE MOUNTAIN DRIVE HAS INCREASED 4 TO 5 INCHES IN THE LAST HOUR SO YOU LOOKING LIVE AT RADAR THAT IS THIS THUNDERSTORM COMPLEX COMING. SO NOW TO TO FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES, SOUTH CENTRAL AND ALSO THE CELL RIGHT UP HERE TOWARD PARTS OF KINGWOOD. SOME OF THE REPORTS COMING HARRIS COUNTY’S OFFICE REPORTING SIX- FOOT WATER LEVELS AT EAST X PARKWAY. SIX FEET OF WATER. PARTS OF THE ROAD ARE IMPASSABLE DUE TO WATER COMING IN. THAT’S FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. AROUND WILL CLAYTON PARKWAY AND WEST LAKE HOUSTON PARKWAY, AGAIN, THAT WAS IN KINGWOOD, JUST AFTER 10:20. LOGAN WATCHING THIS STORM SYSTEM YOU CAN SEE IT THERE ON RADAR. I DO WANT TO PRESS UPON YOU. 15-25 INCHES HAS ALREADY FALLEN FOUR SPOTS IN THAT NORTH FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY. WHAT THAT TELLS ME, THAT’S IN THE PAST 12 HOURS. THAT IS NOT UNLIKE A HARVEY EVENT. OVERALL RAINFALL FOR HARVEY WAS TWICE THAT AND SOME SPARSE WARTY-50 INCHES. BETSY TO SEE 20 TO 25 INCHES OF RAIN IN 12 HOURS IS EXCESSIVE AND IS INCREDIBLY FAST. IT IS A LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION. SOMETHING ELSE I’M IMPRESSING UPON THE PEOPLE IN AND AROUND THE METRO AREA, IT MAY NOT LOOK ALL THAT BAD JUST YET. OR HOBBY AIRPORT. BUT IF YOU GET IN YOUR CAR IF YOU GET IN YOUR CAR AND YOUR LONG AND SOUTH OF I 10 AND YOU DON’T FEEL THE RAIN IS HEAVY YET, YOU’RE GOING TO BE SOME PRICE WITHIN THE NEXT HOUR WITH THAT SUPER HEAVY RAINFALL COMES OVER YOU. I’M GETTING TWEETS FROM PEOPLE SAYING THAT THE RAINFALL ON THE NORTH FREEWAY, UP NORTH OF THIS IS SO HEAVY THAT THEY HAVE PULL OFF THE ROAD. YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO POSSIBLY WAIT WHERE YOU ARE. SO AGAIN, YOU MIGHT GET STUCK, TO FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES IN EFFECT. LET ME ZOOM OUT ON RADAR AND I’M GOING TO PUT THIS IN A LOOP JUST OVER THE PAST 30 MINUTES. AS MAYOR TURNER JUST SAID, MOVING THE STORMS ARE MOVING LESS THAN 10 MILES PER HOUR. IN HIS CONTINUE TO MOVE DOWN TOWARD THE SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST. ELECTRICALLY ACTIVE. A LOT OF CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. DOWN NEAR SUGARLAND, LOOK AT THE HEAVY CELLS THAT POPPED UP NEAR SUGARLAND. IF WE COULD TAKE MAX FIVE, I’LL WALK OUT HERE, THAT LIVE SHOT, LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE DRIVING AGAIN, YOU’RE RUNNING A RISK IF YOU’RE OUT THERE. I KNOW IT MAY SEEM FINE, AND PORTIONS OF THE SOUTH METRO, BUT THAT HEAVY RAIN IS GOING TO BE COMING DOWN. ALREADY TODAY FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS. AND LOOK AT THE RAIN POPPING UP IN SUGARLAND RIGHT HERE. VERY HEAVY STILL BEING PULLED NORTH AND EAST, STRETCHING DOWN INTO NORTH BEEN TOWARD MISSOURI CITY. AND AN EXTREMELY HEAVY LIGHTNING WIND GUST 40 TO 50 MILES PER HOUR THAT’S GOING TO DRIVE THE WIND SIDEWAYS. TONS OF LIGHTNING I’M GOING TO ZOOM OUT ON GALVESTON. WASTING A LOT OF ACTIVITY POPPING UP ALONG GALVESTON. AND THAT WAS JUST ISSUED FOR YOU. JUST TAKE A LOOK, AS THE CELLS CONTINUE TO PERCOLATE TO THE SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST AT ABOUT 10 MILES PER HOUR WE STILL SEEING TOWARD HIGH ISLAND. YOUR IN ALL OF HARRIS COUNTY FOR THE MOST PART, NORTH CENTRAL HARRIS COUNTY ALONG I 10 YOU’RE IN THE SOUTH LASTLY EMERGENCE. IF YOU’RE NORTH THAT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY YOU ARE ALSO IN AN EMERGENCY PARTS TO WEAR SAN JACINTO. REMEMBER, THIS IS JUST GETTING STARTED. IF YOUR NORTHERN BRAZORIA COUNTY TOWARD FORT BEND, THIS IS >>>ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. THERE WATCHING THIS CLOSELY. IF YOU LEAVE, MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE BEING CAREFUL AND SMART. YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO RETURN IN YOUR VEHICLE. IF WE HAVE A 5 TO 10 INCHES OF RAIN FALLING PER 1 TO 2 HOURS. THAT SERIES RAINFALL. WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED. IF WE GET MORE WARNINGS ON THIS WE WILL BE SURE TO BREAK IN LIVE WITH WEATHER AS WELL. IMELDA JUST SIMPLY REFUSES TO LET UP. THAT STORM SLAMMING SOUTHEAST TEXAS. RESCUE OPERATIONS ARE NOW UNDERWAY ALL AROUND OUR AREA. >>YOU WILL SEE THOSE AIRBOATS WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ON THE SHERIFFS OFFICE OUT THERE RESCUING ANYBODY WHO MAY NEED IT. >>A SMALL TOWN OF QUINNEY CUT OFF BY FLOODWATERS. ATTORNEYS ARE CALLING THIS AN EXTREME THE DANGEROUS SITUATION. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUING A WEATHER EMERGENCY.>>IF THEY WILL BEAR WITH US THAT WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS IS LIKE WE DID HARVEY. >>IMELDA ALSO CONTINUES TO SOAK OUR NORTHERN COUNTIES AT THIS POINT. A CALL FOR HELP IS BEING SENT OUT TO THE CAJUN A B.>>>WE WANT TO GET STRAIGHT TO THE LATEST ON IMELDA. >>THIS IS A SERIOUS SITUATION. WE HAVE BEEN, OF COURSE, ON AIR ALL MORNING LONG BRINGING YOU THE LATEST. IT IS SO SERIOUS NOW THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT 5 TO 6 INCHES OF RAIN AN HOUR. CHIEF FORECASTER DAVID TILLMAN STANDING BY WITH THE UPDATE HERE.>>I JUST GOT SOMETHING A MOMENT AGO, SO LET ME SEE IF I CAN GET TO A GRAPHIC THAT WILL EXPAND WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE THE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY, WE HAVE TWO AND EFFECT. ONE OF THE NORTHERN PART OF LIBERTY COUNTY INTO PARTS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY DOWN TO CHAMBERS COUNTY. THAT ONE GOES UNTIL AT LEAST 2:00 THIS AFTERNOON. FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY. UP TO 25 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN IN THE LAST 12 HOURS. WITH THAT PARTICULAR STORM SYSTEM. AT FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY WAS ALSO ISSUED FOR THE HOUSTON AREA. NOW THAT ONE HAS BEEN EXTENDED. A BRAND-NEW FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR SOUTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, NORTHWESTERN CHAMBERS COUNTY, SOUTHWESTERN LIBERTY COUNTY, NORTHEASTERN HARRIS COUNTY. THIS ONE UNTIL 2:15. 10:54 EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WARNED OF FLASH FLOODING HAPPENING IN THE WARNED AREA. ROAD CLOSURES, WATER RESCUES, AND STRUCTURAL FLOODING IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO STAY PUT AND DO NOT VENTURE OUT ON ROADWAYS. THIS IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY. EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION. PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO VENTURE OUT ANYWHERE DRIVING. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW. IT IS THIS AREA RIGHT HERE THAT WE ARE MOST CONCERNED WITH. WE HAVE A SLOW-MOVING LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS THAT IS CREEPING TO THE SOUTH THROUGH HOUSTON ONLY AT ABOUT 528 MILES AN HOUR OR SO. WITH IT MOVING SLOW SLOW AND WITH CONFIRMED, I MEAN CONFIRMED, OBSERVATIONS OF A FOUR INCHES PER HOUR RAINFALL RATES HERE WE ARE EASILY GOING TO SEE IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON 428 INCHES OF RAIN. SOME PLACES COULD GET MORE. WE WILL HAVE LESS OUT OF THE WEST SIDE. PLACES LIKE FORT BEND COUNTY MAYBE NOT AS MUCH, BUT HARRIS COUNTY ONTO THE EAST, FOUR INCHES OR MORE. SOME PLACES , GET UP TO EIGHT TO MAYBE 10 INCHES OF ADDITIONAL RAIN AS THIS LINE SLOWLY MOVES ITS WAY ONTO THE SOUTH. LET ME ZOOM IN A LITTLE BIT AND SHOW YOU A CLOSE IN VI OF WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IN HOUSTON. WHAT WE HAVE IS EXTREMELY HEAVY RAIN THAT EXTENDS FROM THE KATY FREEWAY EASTWARD INTO DOWNTOWN. AND EASTWARD INTO PARTS OF CHAMBERS COUNTY RIGHT NOW. WE ARE ALSO EXPERIENCING A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF LIGHTNING. IF IT DOESN’T SCARE YOU NOT THAT THE RAIN IS COMING DOWN AT THE RATE OF 2 TO 4 INCHES IN OUR THE LIGHTNING SHOULD. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS ELECTRICAL STORM THAT IS OCCURRING OVER THE CITY OF HOUSTON RIGHT NOW. LET ME GIVE YOU A QUICK LOOK AT FUTURE TRACK AND SHOW YOU WHAT WE BELIEVE IS GOING TO HAPPEN WE THINK THIS LINE WILL CONTINUE PUSHING TO THE SOUTH. IT WILL STILL BE PRODUCING FLOODING RAIN OVER HOUSTON AND HARRIS COUNTY. LIBERTY COUNTY AND, ESPECIALLY, CHAMBERS COUNTY AT THE NOON HOUR. IN ABOUT AN HOUR WE WILL STILL BE DEALING WITH THIS SYSTEM. WE PUT IT IN THE MOTION AND BY 3:00 WE THINK THE WORST OF IT MOVES SOUTH OF HOUSTON. BY THEN IT WILL BE CREEPING INTO BRAZORIA COUNTY, FORT BEND COUNTY, DOWN INTO PARTS OF GALVESTON COUNTY AS WELL. IT IS STILL GOING TO BE A HEAVY THUNDERSTORM AT THAT TIME. NOTICE ON THE ORANGE AND RED THAT IS SHOWING UP HERE. THIS WILL STILL BE A SERIOUS SITUATION AS IT MAKES IT DOWN TO PLACES THAT SAW WHAT WAS IT, OVER 20 INCHES OF RAIN IN SOUTHERN PARTS OF MATAGORDA COUNTY? THAT WAS JUST THE OTHER DAY. WE PUT THIS IN THE MOTION ONE MORE TIME AND BY 6:00 IT WILL BE COMPLETELY OUT OF HOUSTON. THINGS SHOULD IMPROVE IN HOUSTON. BY THEN WE SHOULD STILL HAVE SOME ACTIVITY ONTO THE SOUTH AND WEST OF TOWN. WE HAVE A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES AND EFFECT NORTH OF DOWNTOWN ALL THE WAY THROUGH CONROE ALL THE EAST PAST CLEVELAND, THROUGH ALL OF LIBERTY COUNTY. AND THEN DOWN INTO PARTS OF CHAMBERS COUNTY. THE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES GO UNTIL AT LEAST 2:00. THIS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION. >>IT CERTAINLY IS. WE HAVE HEARD SO MANY REPORTS OF SO MANY FROM SO MANY WHO SAY DURING HARVEY THE WATER NEVER CAME THIS HIGH TO MY FRONT PORCH. AS WE LOOK AT THE DOUBLE BOX THERE THOSE FOLKS ARE TRYING TO CLEAR OUT SOME OF THE DRAINAGE AREAS SO THE WATER CAN COME HOPEFULLY, DRAIN. DAVID, I GUESS IT DEPENDS ON THE FLOW OF THE WATER OF WHERE IT HEADS. >>YEAH. WHATEVER YOU GET A STORM THAT STICKS AROUND FOR A LONG TIME THE ESCAPE ROUTES FOR THIS WATER BEGIN TO FILL UP. OF COURSE, IF YOU CONTINUE TO GET RAIN THAT’S THE PROBLEM. ROADWAYS ARE FILLING UP OUT THERE. THERE’S NOWHERE FOR THE RAIN TO GO. IT WILL ONLY CONTINUE TO RISE. TYPICALLY, WHEN WE ISSUE A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY THAT MEANS THIS IS A SERIOUS THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY. STRUCTURES ARE BEING FLOODED, HOUSES AND BUSINESSES WITH WATER RISING IN PEOPLES HOUSES. WE HAVE HEARD EAST OF HERE OVER TOWARDS WINNING AND INTO BEAUMONT THIS MORNING UP TO 6 TO 8 FEET OF WATER IN PEOPLES HOMES. THIS IS THE KIND OF SITUATION WE ARE DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW. IT IS NOT THE SITUATION TO BE OUT TRAVELING AND. >>USE A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES ARE REVERENT RELATIVELY RARE? >>EXTREMELY RARE. I DON’T THINK WE HAVE HAD ONE HERE IN HOUSTON SINCE HURRICANE HARVEY. THAT BASICALLY LED TO HOW SERIOUS A SITUATION THIS IS. IT CERTAINLY COULDN’T UP TO THE LEVEL OF IT THE MEMORIAL DAY FLOOD. THAT’S PRETTY BAD. >>NO KIDDING. >>WE ALL REMEMBER THOSE FLOODS. THANK YOU. AN UPDATE ON THE SERIOUSNESS OF THOSE STORMS. THAT RADAR IS JUST SHOWING A REAL PICTURE OF HOW HARD IT IS COMING DOWN. >>ALL OF OUR OFFICIALS LETTING US KNOW TO STAY WHERE YOU ARE. IF YOU ARE IN A SAFE DRY PLACE DO NOT TRY TO LEAVE. DO NOT TRY TO HEAD HOME. STAY WHERE YOU ARE. WE ARE BEING TOLD TO GO TO METRO RIGHT NOW. JEROME BRAY IS STANDING BY THERE. AND LETTING US KNOW EXACTLY WHAT’S GOING ON. ALL SERVICES HAVE BEEN CANCELED, WE ARE BEING TOLD. IS JEROME STANDING BY THERE? >>I’M HERE. IF I CAN GIVE YOU THE UPDATE. >>HE IS ON THE TELEPHONE. >>WE THOUGHT THIS WAS A NEWS CONFERENCE OR SOMETHING. I’M GLAD YOU’RE ABLE TO TALK TO US PERSONALLY. >>WE CERTAINLY ARE. I’M GLAD TO BE ABLE TO GET THIS WORD TO YOU RIGHT AWAY. THE KEY THING TO LET METRO PATRONS KNOW IS THAT AT THIS MOMENT WE ARE SUSPENDING ALL OF OUR SERVICES BECAUSE OF THE WATER OUT THERE. YOUR PICTURE IS TELL THE STORY OF WHAT’S HAPPENING. IT STARTED WITH ISSUES IN THE KING WOULD PARKING LOT WHICH BECAME IMPASSABLE DUE TO THE HIGH WATER IN THAT AREA. WE STARTED WITH SUSPENDING SERVICES THERE, OF COURSE. WE ALSO HAVE ONE OF OUR HIGH WATER VEHICLES IN THAT AREA TO OFFER ASSISTANCE TO BE USED WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. WHAT WE WANT FOLKS TO KNOW IS THAT BECAUSE THESE CONDITIONS ARE NOT SAFE AT THIS MOMENT TO PROVIDE SERVICE. WHAT WE ARE DOING, WE ARE RUNNING THE ROUTES WHERE WE CAN . IF THERE ARE PEOPLE ALONG THOSE ROUTES WE ARE PROVIDING COVERAGE FOR THEM AND GETTING THEM TO THE END OF THE LINE IN ORDER TO HOLD IN PLACE IF THE WATER IS TOO HIGH UNTIL THE WATER CAN’T SUBSIDE. >>IF SOMEONE IS OUT THERE STANDING ON THE CORNER WAITING FOR A BUS YOU’RE NOT GOING TO STRAND OF THEM, YOU WILL TRY TO GET THEM TO A SAFE PLACE. >>EXACTLY. THIS IS STANDARD PROCEDURE FOR US. HAVE SUPERVISORS OUT IN THE FIELD MONITORING AND SEEING WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE VARIOUS BUS STOPS. WE ARE TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO BE INTO THOSE ROUTES. WE ARE STRESSING DO NOT TRY TO TRAVEL AS YOU ARE PUTTING OUT THE WORD TO OTHERS WHO MAY BE IN CARS. DO NOT TRY TO USE PUBLIC TRANSIT AT THIS POINT. WE HAVE STARTED PULLING BACK SERVICE ON WELL. HOV LANES. WE ARE CLOSING THIS DOWN. AGAIN, THE BUS SERVICES AS WELL. WE DO WANT FOLKS TO KNOW THAT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT OUR SERVICE LINES, 713-615-4000, THERE WILL BE A LOT OF DELAYS. WE ARE GETTING THE INFORMATION OUT PEOPLE CAN ALSO SIGN UP FOR OUR SERVICE ALERTS, WHICH MOST OF OUR CUSTOMERS DO THAT AT RIDE METRO.ORG. THEY ARE GETTING UP-TO-THE- MINUTE REAL-TIME INFORMATION. SPECTRUM, ALL RIGHT, WE’VE GOT TO GO, BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND THE COUNTY JUDGE IS STANDING BY FOR NEWS CONFERENCE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CALLING IN. WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT. LET’S LISTEN INTO THE COUNTY JUDGE. >>PRECINCT 2 IS HERE AS WELL AS HIS PRECINCT IS VERY HEAVILY IMPACTED BY THE CURRENT RAINS. FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE ASKED EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER TO MOVE TO AN ACTIVATION LEVEL ONE. THAT IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF READINESS. BECAUSE OF THE SITUATION THAT WE ARE SEEING. WE ARE ALL IN HARRIS COUNTY VERY EXPERIENCED AT THIS. ALL OF US RESIDENTS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRST RESPONDERS, WE ALL KNOW THE SAFEST THING TO DO IS TO STAY HOME. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE ASKING FOLKS TO DO RIGHT NOW. WE ARE AT A MOMENT OF LIFE SAFETY. WHAT WE NEED THE COMMUNITY TO DO IS TO STAY WHERE THEY ARE. IF YOU ARE AT SCHOOL STAY AT SCHOOL. IF YOU ARE AT HOME STAY AT HOME. IF YOU ARE AT WORK STAY AT WORK. I KNOW THAT A LOT OF FAMILIES HAVE THEIR KIDS AT SCHOOL. WE HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS. THAT IS THE SAFEST PLACE FOR THEM TO BE. PLEASE, DON’T TRY TO GO OUTSIDE AND PICK UP YOUR CHILD. THEY ARE SAFER AT SCHOOL. IF YOU ARE DRIVING GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE AND TRY TO MAKE IT TO A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN SHELTER. IF YOU FEEL THAT YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER CALL 911. OF COURSE, FOLKS ARE SAFER IN THEIR HOMES THEN BEING EVACUATED. JOE PANIK. STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE NEWS. STAY ALERT. WE WILL BE POSTING ALL THE INFORMATION TO READY HERE IS.ORG. WE ARE WORKING WITH AN INCREDIBLE GROUP OF PROFESSIONALS READY TO RESPOND. LET ME PASS IT ON TO JEFF LETTER TO TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER AND THEN I WILL SHARE A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING IN HARRIS COUNTY AND HOW ELSE FOLKS CAN HELP US.>>THANK YOU, JUDGE. WE DO HAVE A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY IN EFFECT RIGHT NOW FOR EAST CENTRAL HARRIS COUNTY. THIS IS A LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION. WE ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO SHELTER IN PLACE. DO NOT TRAVEL. I WILL REPEAT WHAT THE JUDGE SAID. IF YOU ARE IN A VEHICLE AND YOU ENCOUNTER HIGH WATER YOU MUST GET OUT OF THAT VEHICLE AS QUICKLY AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN. AT THIS POINT WE ARE RECOMMENDING DO NOT GO INTO ANY UNDERPASSES OR LOW WATER AREAS. ALL OF THOSE RIGHT NOW ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. WE ARE SEEING RAINFALL RATES OF 4 TO 6 INCHES PER HOUR ACROSS CENTRAL PARTS OF HARRIS COUNTY. WE HAD A RENTAL RATE IN THE GREENPOINT AREA OF SIX AND HALF INCHES IN ONE HOUR. WE KNOW WE ARE GETTING STRUCTURE FLOODING FROM THE ROADWAYS STREET SYSTEMS BEING COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED. WE NOW HAVE SOME WATER SHELTERS WE ARE WATCHING. THE WEST BURKE OF THE SAN JACINTO RIVER IS RISING RAPIDLY. THIS IS US 59. WE DO EXPECT MAJOR FLOODING ON THE WEST FORK OF THE SAN JACINTO RIVER. THIS IS THE ELDERWOODS AREA, THOSE AREAS EAST OF US 59. WE ALSO EXPECT MAJOR FLOODING ON THE EAST FORK OF THE SAN JACINTO RIVER. THIS IS FROM OVER 20 IMAGES OF RAIN THAT HAS FALLEN IN THAT AREA IN THE LAST DAY AND A HALF. THE BAYOU SITUATION, WE HAVE OVERBANK CONDITIONS ON CEDAR BAYOU IN THE EASTERN PART OF HARRIS COUNTY ALONG THE LIBERTY COUNTY LINE. FROM THE HEADWATERS WHERE THE BUYER STARTS AROUND 1960 DOWN TO U.S. HIGHWAY 90. WE EXPECT FLOODING ALL THE WAY DOWN TO FM 1942 THIS EVENING, I 10 AND POSSIBLY THE BAYTOWN CITY LIMITS, HIGHWAY 146 LATER THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT. HALLS BAYOU HAS RIPPON RISEN RAPIDLY. THE VOLUME AND AIRLINE AND I-45 NEAR MOUNT HOUSTON IS RISING AT A RATE OF HALF A FOOT EVERY TWO MINUTES. SUCCEEDING IT’S BANK STRUCTURE AND FLOODING IS LIKELY IN THAT AREA ALL THE WAY DOWN TO U.S. HIGHWAY 59. GREENS BAYOU IS ALSO GOING OVERBANK SNEER US 59. WE ARE ALSO GETTING VERY HIGH IN THE GREENPOINT AREA. SOME OF THE LOCATIONS WE HAVE HISTORICALLY HAD FLOODING IN THE GREENSPOINT AREA WE ARE MONITORING AND THERE COULD BE SOME WATER GOING INTO STRUCTURES IN THAT AREA. LASTLY, GARDNER BAYOU ON THE NORTHEAST SIDE OF PIERCE COUNTY NEAR INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT AND THE HUMBLE AREA IS OVER BANKS NEAR THE NORTHEAST SIDE OF BELTWAY EIGHT. THAT IS PROBABLY MORE JUST THE RURAL AREAS, THERE’S NOT A LOT OF STRUCTURE NEXT TO THE BAYOU. A COUPLE OF OTHER POINTS, A COUPLE OF OTHER SITUATIONS WE ARE WATCHING CLOSELY, BRICKHOUSE GOALIE , WHITE OAK BAYOU, LOWER BUFFALO BAYOU, BUFFALO BAYOU EAST AND BELTWAY, AND THEN GETTING DOWN INTO THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY WHERE THE HEAVY RAIN IS MOVING RIGHT NOW, BRAISED BAYOU FROM ABOUT THE MEYERLAND AREA EAST. THOSE CHANNELS ARE OKAY AT THE MOMENT, BUT THEY ARE RISING VERY QUICKLY WITH THIS TYPE OF RAINFALL. WE WILL HAVE TO WATCH THOSE VERY CAREFULLY. EVENTUALLY, THIS RAIN IS GOING TO GET DOWN ONTO THE CLEAR KEKE AREA THAT WAS HIT SO HARD THE OTHER NIGHT. THE GROUND IS VERY SATURATED. THAT CREEK IS STILL ELEVATED. I SUSPECT WE WILL HAVE ISSUES ON CLEAR CREEK, TURKEY CREEK, AND BEAMER DITCH, THE SAGEMONT AREA AS THE RAIN GETS INTO THAT AREA.>>THANK YOU. WE HAVE BEEN GETTING HIT HARD IN THE HUFFMAN KING WOULD COME ACROSS THE AREA. OUR NEIGHBORING COUNTIES AS WELL SUFFERING A LOT FROM THE RAIN. WE HAVE SENT ASSISTANCE TO CHAMBERS COUNTY. NOW WE ARE SEEING THIS MOVING SLOWLY SOUTH SOUTHWEST, WHICH MEANS AN IMPACT TO THE BAYOU STEPPED MENTIONED IN THE CREEKS, GREENS HALLS, POSSIBLY HUNTING, WHICH WE ARE WATCHING CLOSELY. WE HAVE ASSETS PRE-DEPLOYED READY TO RESPOND. WE ARE RESPONDING TO CALLS AS THEY COME IN. WE WILL BE ASSESSING, DEPENDING ON THE COST, WHETHER THERE IS A NEED FOR SHELTERS. WE ARE IN TOUCH WITH OUR NONPROFIT PARTNERS AND GETTING READY FOR ANY POSSIBLE RECOVERY THAT MIGHT BE NECESSARY. RIGHT NOW IT’S ABOUT LIFE SAFETY. I WANT TO REMIND FOLKS, YOU HAVE DOZENS OF INCREDIBLY EXPERIENCED, DEDICATED PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN HERE FOR DAYS AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE HERE UNTIL WE ARE DONE WITH THIS INCIDENT. THEY ARE TRAINED AND COORDINATING. THEY ARE READY TO DO THEIR ABSOLUTE BEST. WHAT WE NEED FROM FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY IS TO HELP US BY DOING YOUR PART, WHICH MEANS STAYING HOME. THOSE UNDERPASSES, THAT IS WHERE PEOPLE AROUND. IS WHEN THEY TRY DRIVING IN THESE KINDS OF CONDITIONS. PLEASE, DON’T BE IN YOUR CAR. GO HOME. STAY HOME. STATE AND TUNED TO THE NEWS. IF YOU FEEL YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER CALL 911. I WILL REPEAT REMOTES IN SPANISH AND THEN WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR QUESTIONS.>>YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE HARRIS COUNTY JUDGE AND SHE CONTINUES TO BEAT THE SAME DRUM WE HAVE HEARD FROM ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS. THAT IS TO STAY HOME. IF YOU ARE AT WORK, WHEREVER YOU ARE, RIGHT NOW YOU ARE SAFE AND DRY, THEY ARE URGING YOU TO STAY THERE AND NOT GET ON THE ROADS, BECAUSE WE ARE UNDER A RARE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY AT THIS POINT. >>THAT JUST DOESN’T HAPPEN VERY OFTEN. IN FACT, THE ONLY OTHER ONE THAT WAS ISSUED WAS DURING HURRICANE HARVEY. THAT WAS A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. NEARLY TO THE DATE A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO IN AUGUST. YOU’RE NOT MISSING ANYTHING FROM THE COUNTY JUDGE. SHE IS SPEAKING IN SPANISH NOW. THE SAME INFORMATION, WHICH WE SHARED EARLIER. AND THAT IS WHEREVER YOU ARE JUST STAY THERE. DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE CHILDREN IN SCHOOL. THEY ARE SAFE. IN FACT, THOSE ARE SHELTERS FOR THE COMMUNITY AS WELL. THAT IS THE PLACE TO GO AND STAY SAFE. THEY ARE JUST GOING TO BE FINE. THERE ARE HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES OUT THERE EVERYWHERE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. THEY ARE RESCUING DOZENS OF PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE ALREADY STRANDED. >>THEY ARE URGING THAT IF YOU FEEL AS THOUGH YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER, FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY MEANS THIS IS A LIFE- THREATENING STORM, IF YOU DO FEEL UNSAFE OR THAT YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER CALL 911. OTHER THAN THAT, THEY ARE ASKING PEOPLE, PLEASE DON’T JAM THE SYSTEM. JUST WAIT WHERE YOU ARE. IF FOR SOME REASON YOU FEEL AS THOUGH THIS IS JUST IMMINENT DANGER THAT’S WHEN YOU CALL 911.>>DEBORAH WRIGLEY NOW LIVE IN CROSBY. >>SHE IS IN CROSBY. WE ARE SEEING HOW MUCH WATER HAS COME IN THERE. DOING AMAZINGLY, WE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR NEARLY AN HOUR AND THE WATER HAS DROPPED SOMEWHAT. IT IS STILL A MINOR RIVER AT THIS POINT AND A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PULLING OVER HERE. TAKE A LOOK OVER HERE. THIS CAR IS STUCK OR ITS FLOODED OUT. WHAT WE HAVE OVER HERE, THAT IS THE ENTRANCE TO SOME HOMES DOWN THERE. NOBODY CAN REALLY GET IN AND LIGHTNING IS KICKING UP AGAIN. LET’S SEE IF WE CAN INTERRUPT THESE PEOPLE. YOU CAN SEE HERE IT’S ABOUT SIX INCHES. IT’S UP RIGHT NOW. THIS HAS BEEN WAY OF LIFE HERE FOR A WHILE NOW. IT’S UP TO MY KNEES. WAS THE CAR FLOODED OUT? >>I GUESS SO. WHERE GOING TO TRY TO PULL OVER IN THEIR GET OUT OF THE MIDDLE- OF-THE-ROAD. >>DO YOU LIVE DOWN THIS ROAD? >>NO. OUR HOPE STREET WAS FLOODED. IT WAS HALFWAY UP HIS TRUCK. HE LEFT WORK TO COME GET US. WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO GO TO MY DADS IN BAYTOWN AND WE DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE IT HERE. >>A LOT OF PEOPLE, TO A PERSON YOU SAID THIS IS HARVEY. >>YEAH. MY NEIGHBOR SAID THEY RODE OUT HARVEY AND THIS IS WORSE THAN THAT.>>Reporter: DID YOU COME UP FROM THIS WAY? >>YEAH. WE CAME FROM 2100 AND FOUR CORNERS.>>ARE THERE HOTSPOTS THERE? THERE ARE HIGH SPOTS. I DON’T KNOW. I’M FRAZZLED BECAUSE I WAS FREAKING OUT. WE HAVE OUR DAUGHTER AND OUR DOG. WE ARE TRYING TO HELP HER OUT AND GET MY DADS HOUSE. YOU AND SO YOU HAVE KIND OF EVACUATED FOR THIS. >>YEAH. >>Reporter: IS IT FLOODED? THE CAR IS FLOODED OUT? YEAH. SHE CAN’T MOVE. LET’S GO BACK OVER HERE IF WE CAN. BACK THROUGH THE WATER. TAKE A LOOK THERE ARE SOME CARS DOWN THERE. THEY ARE WAITING TO COME OUT. WE WERE DISPATCHED THIS IS, TO THIS AREA, INITIALLY, BECAUSE WE WERE TOLD THERE WERE HIGH WATER RESCUES. UNDOUBTEDLY, THERE PROBABLY WERE . IT WAS TOO MUCH FOR EVEN OUR TRUCK TO TAKE, SO IT’S GETTING A LITTLE BETTER UP HERE. THERE IS THE CLERK AT THIS CONVENIENCE STORE. SOME OF THE CARS PARKED OVER HERE ARE BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE MOVING THEM TO HIGH GROUND. AND DESPITE ALL THAT >>EVER, WE ARE GOING TO INTERRUPT YOU RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE GOT TO GET BACK TO THE HARRIS COUNTY JUDGES PRESS CONFERENCE.>>Reporter: ABSOLUTELY. >>WE WILL CHECK BACK IN WITH YOU IN A FEW MINUTES. STAY SAFE OUT THERE.>>JEFF LUHNOW UP THERE, HE IS A FLOOD EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR THERE. HE WILL BE ANSWERING QUESTIONS.>>WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THE RAINFALL RATE. I CAN TELL YOU, WITH THE AMOUNT OF RAIN WE ARE SEEING THESE CHANNELS ARE GOING TO HAVE ISSUES. READS BAYOU, HALLS BY, GARNERS BY YOU AND A SENSE WE HAVE BEEN APPEAR WHITE OAK BAYOU HAS STRUCTURE FLOODING GOING ON. STRUCTURE FLOODING IS LIKELY ON THE 610 NORTH LOOP. THAT’S A HISTORICALLY LOW AREA THAT HAS PROBLEMS. AS THIS MOVES SOUTHWARD IT IS MOVING. THAT IS THE BETTER NEWS NOW. THIS MORNING IN THE KING WOULD HAVE AREA WAS REALLY NOT MOVING AT ALL. IT IS MOVING NOW TO THE SOUTH. IT IS NOT QUITE AS ORGANIZED AS IT WAS SO WE ARE SEEING RAINFALL RATES DECREASED A LITTLE BIT. IT IS STILL SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH THAT I’M WORRIED ABOUT CLEAR CREEK, ARMAND BAYOU, THOSE AREAS THAT WERE SO HARD-HIT A DAY OR TWO AGO IN THE SOUTHEAST PART OF THE COUNTY. WE WILL KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON WHITE OAK BAYOU TO SEE HOW MUCH INFLOW THEY GET. RIGHT NOW THOSE BUYERS ARE OKAY. THERE RISING QUICKLY, BUT OKAY. ONE THING WE ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO DO IS UTILIZE THE RESOURCES OUT THERE FOR YOU , LOOK AT THE BAYOU LEVELS FOR YOURSELF. WATCH THOSE LEVELS IN HARRIS COUNTY, WATCH THE BAYOU LEVELS AND TAKE THOSE ACTIONS AS THE VOLUME GETS HIGH.>>LET ME ADD, TO MENTION THIS FOR FOLKS, WE ARE PUTTING ALL OF THE RESOURCES ON READY HARRIS. READY HARRIS.ORG. ALSO STAY TUNED TO THAT WEBSITE. WE WILL HAVE INFORMATION ON WHAT TO DO, RECOVERY, RESOURCES IF THEY BECOME NECESSARY. AND ENCLOSURES, STAY TUNED TO THAT.>>ALL RIGHT. THE COUNTY JUDGE NOW SPEAKING SPANISH. AIRING THE SAME CONCERNS. JEFF LEONARD ANSWERING QUESTIONS AS WELL. THERE ARE SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT JUST HOW MUCH RAIN IS COMING DOWN. AS HE MENTIONED, UP TO FOUR OR FIVE INCHES PER HOUR. IMAGINE THAT. WHAT HE IS REALLY CONCERNED WITH AS WE LOOK AT PICTURE IS, THIS IS, BY THE WAY, BUSH AIRPORT, THIS IS JFK BOULEVARD. THIS IS WHY WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS EARLIER, AVOID THIS AREA. NOW WE KNOW WHY.>>A METRO BUS IS STUCK OUT THERE. >>IT LOOKS LIKE HE WAS TRYING TO MAKE A U-TURN AT THAT POINT. YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE ROADWAY AS IT IS, YOU KNOW, YOU ARE APPROACHING 69 OR THIS IS 69 GETTING READY TO GET OFF TO THE AIRPORT ON ONE OF THE TURBOS. >>YOU CAN ALSO SEE THOSE CARS, I DON’T KNOW IF THEY ARE STUCK OR JUST WAITING IN LINE OR WHAT’S HAPPENING THERE. >>THEY MIGHT JUST BE STUCK NOW. >>AS THEY TRY TO GET ON THE 59. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD ALL OF THOSE AREAS AROUND THERE ARE JUST INUNDATED WITH WATER AND TO AVOID IT. WE SHOULD ALSO MENTION, ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS JEFF TALKED ABOUT, THE BUYERS, OF COURSE, THEY ARE ALWAYS WATCHING. AT THIS POINT HE STARTED TAKING OFF A NUMBER OF THEM. GREEN SALT, WHITE OAK BAYOUS THAT WE KNOW OF ARE BEGINNING TO REALLY SWELL. THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. WE WANT TO HEAD BACK TO LIBERTY COUNTY RIGHT NOW. WHEN WE LEFT THERE NICK WAS STANDING NEXT TO A HOUSE. THERE HE IS. WHERE THE HOMEOWNER IS TRYING TO BUILD A MOAT. IS THAT RIGHT?>>Reporter: WE SAW YOU ABOUT HALF AN HOUR AGO AND I WAS SHOWING YOU THE GENTLEMAN BUILDING THE MOAT. THERE IS THE BACKHOE RIGHT BEHIND US. I HAD TO WALK, I WALKED OVER ABOUT KNEE-DEEP IN THE WATER TO MEET THIS GENTLEMAN. NOW WE WILL BE JOINED, HERE HE IS, BOBBY, TELL US WHAT YOU’RE DOING. >>I’M BUILDING A BERM AROUND MY HOUSE TO KEEP THE WATER OUT. I DID IT IN 2017 WITH HARVEY AND THIS IS WORSE THAN HARVEY. TWO OF MY FRIENDS SENT ME OUT THIS ESCALATOR, THE OLD ANGEL BROTHERS, AND I HAVE BUILDING A BERM AROUND THE HOUSE AND STARTED PUMPING WATER. WE DO HAVE A FLOOD INSURANCE, BUT I WOULD RATHER NOT HAVE TO USE IT. >>Reporter: YOU DON’T MIND TEARING UP THE YARD, I GUESS. >>OH, NO. I CAN FIX THAT. I WILL BRING A DOZER OUT HERE AND FIX THAT ALL BACK. NO PROBLEM. >>Reporter: I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WONDERING, IS IT WORKING AROUND THE HOUSE?>>YES SIR. IT WORKED IN 2017 AND IS WORKING RIGHT NOW. IF YOU HAD BEEN HERE EARLIER THE WATER WAS OVER THE SIDEWALKS. AND IT WASN’T LIKE THAT IN HARVEY. KTRK HOW LONG IS IT GOING TO TAKE YOU TO COMPLETELY GO AROUND THE YARD? >>I ALREADY HAVE THE BERM ALL THE WAY AROUND. NOW I’M PUMPING WATER WITH A LITTLE FOUR INCH PUMP AND DIPPING WATER WITH THE TRACK HOE. PROBABLY A COUPLE MORE HOURS, I’M HOPING.>>WE JUST LOST NICK. WE ARE SORRY FOR THAT. HE HAS SOME GOOD INFORMATION. TRYING TO BUILD A MOAT. AS YOU LOOK MORE THAT VIDEO INCREDIBLE. TO QUICKLY MENTION, BUSH AIRPORT IS STILL UNDER A COMPLETE GROUND TO STOP. YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LANDED MAYBE A COUPLE OF HOURS AGO AND THEY MAY STILL BE ON THE TARMAC. THEY WILL BE THERE FOR QUITE SOME TIME, BECAUSE NOBODY MOVES WHEN THERE’S A GROUND STOP. >>AT THIS POINT NOBODY IS MOVING AROUND THE CITY. WE HAVE BEEN SEEING THAT. WE WANT TO GO RIGHT NOW TO ALICIA RIVAS. WE KNOW THERE ARE TROUBLE SPOTS JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE. ARE PEOPLE HEATING THE WORD TO STAY HOME OR STAY PUT?>>LET’S HOPE THAT THEY DO. OF COURSE, WE ALWAYS HAVE SOME PEOPLE OUT THERE ON THE ROADS. I WANT TO SHOW YOU THIS PICTURE, THIS IS THE AREA WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT. THIS IS THE BELT AT JFK. VERY CLOSE TO BUSH AIRPORT. THIS IS WHAT HAS THE MAIN LANES OF THE NORTH BELT SHUT DOWN IN BOTH DIRECTIONS RIGHT NOW DUE TO HIGH WATER. ALSO IMPASSABLE ALONG JFK. AND THEN THE SURROUNDING MAJOR CORRIDORS NEAR BUSH AIRPORT. WE ARE CAREFULLY MONITORING THOSE. YOU SEE THESE ARE THE MAIN LANES. NOBODY CAN GET BY. THE FEEDER ROAD IS FILLING UP. THE AREAS THAT ARE PASSABLE, BUT A LOT OF BRAKE LIGHTS A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE STRANDED OUT THERE. I WANT TO CONTINUE TO ROLL THROUGH THE CAMERAS AS AN INCENTIVE TO YOU TO STAY PUT IF YOU ARE IN A SAFE LOCATION. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE STILL INCREDIBLY BAD. POOR VISIBILITY. AS WE MOVE THROUGH OUR CAMERAS COURTESY OF SUSAN HOUSTON TRANCED ARE WE CAN SEE IT’S BAD ACROSS THE AREA RIGHT NOW. AS I’M LOOKING AT IS AND SEEI THIS MERA I GUESSING THE WE CAN’T MOVE THROUGH SOMETIMES, THERE WE GO, AN ADDITIONAL VIEW OF THE NORTH BELT AT JFK RIGHT NOW. STRANDED, CAUSE MOSTPEOPLE OPLE CANNOT GET BY OR ARE STUCK BEHIND SOMEBODY THAT CAN’T GET BY THE HIGH WATER. LET’S MOVE TO OTHER AREAS AROUND THE HOUSTON AREA. HERE WE GO. ANOTHER METRO BUS, THE NORTH FREEWAY RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE THE IMPASSABLE WATER UNDERNEATH THE NORTH FREEWAY AT LITTLE YORK. SOME VEHICLES GETTING BY, BUT YOU SEE AND YOU JUST WONDER IF THAT TRUCK IS GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH. THE METRO BUS COULD NOT. AS WE CYCLE THROUGH THE DIFFERENT CAMERAS WE CAN SHOW YOU WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE NORTH FREEWAY AT RICHIE RIGHT NOW. PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET OFF BECAUSE THEY CANNOT MAKE IT AROUND THE WATER IN THE AREA. WE KNOW THERE IS POOR VISIBILITY OUT THERE. PEOPLE WITH FLASHING LIGHTS LETTING YOU KNOW THINGS ARE NOT MOVING AT POSTED SPEEDS. EVEN THOUGH AS ART WAS SAYING PEOPLE ARE STAYING HOME, IT’S NOT CONGESTED, BUT YOU HAVE DETERIORATING DRIVING CONDITIONS AS THE STORM MOVES TO E HOUSN AREA EVEN REACHING TOWARD THE SUGAR LAND AREA. THE SOUTHWEST FREEWAY AT BEL AIR. A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST STOPPED IN THIS LOCATION AND HAVING DIFFICULTY GETTING ON AND OFF THE HIGHWAY, BECAUSE, OF COURSE, THE FIRST THING TO GO IS HAVE FRONTAGE ROAD. AND THEN THE MAIN LANES AT TIMES PHILIP IN THESE A SEVERE SITUATION. THIS IS THE KATY FREEWAY INSIDE THE LOOP. BE AWARE, ALL METRO SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED. I-10 OUT TOWARD WINNIE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND RIGHT NOW. THESE ARE THE KIND OF DRIVING CONDITIONS YOU ARE DEALING WITH. PLEASE TAKE THE ADVICE OF OUR METEOROLOGISTS AND EMERGENCY OFFICIALS AND STAY WITH US. >>>GOOD ADVICE THERE. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE SHOULD DO. THERE IS SO MUCH HIGH WATER OUT THERE, YOU GET OUT ON THE ROADWAYS AND YOU ARE STUCK, AS WE HAVE SEEN SO MANY PEOPLE. YOU HAVE NO PLACE TO GO. THE WATER CONTINUES TO RISE AND THEN YOU HAVE TO BAIL FROM THE CAR. >>YOU HAVE TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET OUT.>>>WE WANT TO HEAD UP TO CONROE, SPECIFICALLY, TRINITY PARKS. THAT’S WHERE WE JOIN JEFF. THEY REALLY GOT POUNDED EARLIER TODAY. HAS IT EASED UP SOME?>>Reporter: I’M GOING TO SAY JUST A LITTLE BIT. YOU CAN SEE FOR YOURSELF EXACTLY WHAT IS STILL GOING ON OUT HERE. IT LOOKS TO ME THAT MAYBE THE WATER LEVEL HAS GONE DOWN ONE INCH. AB. IT’S VERY, VERY DIFFICULT OUT HERE FOR THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THESE TRAILER HOMES. THE WATER DIDN’T GET HIGH ENOUGH TO GET INSIDE THE HOMES. THAT CONCRETE STEP THAT IS THE BACK DOOR TO THAT MOBILE HOME IS ON ITS SIDE. DO YOU SEE THAT? THAT’S HOW MUCH FORCE THIS WATER HAD AS IT CAME THROUGH HERE. THIS IS THE WATER FROM THE CANYON CREEK. IT STARTED RAINING AROUND 6:00 AND PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE TOLD ME THAT WITHIN ABOUT AN HOUR THEY HAD TO GET OUT. THEY HAD TO PACK UP THEIR BAGS AND GET THE DOGS AND GET OUT. THEY HAD TO MOVE THEIR CARS FIRST BECAUSE THE WATER WAS ABSOLUTELY COMING IN SO QUICKLY. YOU CAN SEE THE BOTTOM OF THE SKIRT. THIS GUY IS CLEANING UP THE WATERWAY AS MUCH AS HE CAN, BUT LOOK AT THE SKIRTING UNDERNEATH HIS TRAILER. YOU CAN SEE HOW IT IS PUSHED IN. THAT WAS BECAUSE OF THE FORCE OF THE WATER. WE SPOKE WITH A FAMILY THAT LIVES AT THE VERY END OF TRINITY PARKS AND THEY SAID THEY WERE VERY, VERY FORTUNATE JUST TO GET OUT WITH EVERYTHING THAT THEY HAD.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOUR HEART REALLY GOES OUT TO THOSE FOLKS AS THEY START TRYING TO CLEAN UP AFTER ALL OF THAT. >>IT’S AN EXAMPLE OF HOW HIGH HOW QUICKLY THOSE CREEKS AND BAYOUS HAVE BEEN RISING WITH SUCH FORCE THEY EXCEED THE BOUNDS AND THEN THEY RUSH THROUGH PLACES LIKE THAT. AS A RESULT, THEY TEAR UP SOME OF THE SIDING OF THOSE TRAILERS. >>WE WANT TO GET RIGHT BACK DOWN TO DAVID BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS NOW MOVING TO THE SOUTH ONCE AGAIN. >>YEAH. >>ARE THEY GOING TO GET POUNDED EVEN MORE? >>YEAH. I THINK ONCE THIS LINE MAKES IT TO THE GALVESTON AREA IS GOING TO MEET UP WITH A LINE OF STORMS THAT’S ALREADY THERE. THE RAIN IS ALREADY COMING DOWN ON THE ISLAND. I WILL SHOW TO YOU IN A MINUTE. WE HAVE A SERIOUS SITUATION THAT WILL UNFOLD AS WE GO THROUGH THE AFTERNOON IN THE GALVESTON AREA. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE CREEKS THAT APPEAR TO BE OUT OF THE BANKS AND CAUSING MAJOR PROBLEMS. THANK YOU TO LIDA FOR PROVIDING THIS FOR US. KENNY CREEK NEAR SPLENDORA IS ABOUT THREE FEET ABOVE FLOOD STAGE. SPLENDORA, WE HAVE BEEN HEARING THE NAME OF THAT CITY ALL MORNING. A LOT OF PEOPLES HOMES ARE FLOODING BECAUSE OF ALL THE HEAVY RAIN COMING DOWN. THEY ARE ALSO FLOODING BECAUSE OF THE KENNY CREEK THERE THAT IS BEGINNING TO OVER TOP IT’S BANKS BY THREE FEET WE BELIEVE THAT. PEACH CREEK NEAR SPLENDORA ABOUT 8.59 FEET ABOVE FLOOD STAGE IS WHAT WE SEE WITH THAT ONE. THERE IS SOME FLOODING GOING ON THERE. AND THEN FURTHER TO THE SOUTH AND EAST FORK OF THE SAN JACINTO NEAR NEW CANEY IT’S ABOUT 10.3 FEET ABOVE FLOOD STAGE IS WHAT WE ARE SEEING WITH THAT PARTICULAR ONE. WE HAVE GOT SOME VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT WE NEED TO GET TO FROM METEOROLOGIST COLLEEN MYERS. THIS WATER IS REALLY CAUSING SOME PROBLEMS IN THE METROPOLITAN HOUSTON AREA. THERE ARE MANY PLACES WHERE PEOPLE ARE GETTING STALLED. THEY ARE GETTING STUCK IN THE RAIN IS STILL COMING DOWN. WHAT ARE YOU SEEING? >>I WANTED TO BRING THAT TO YOU. I GOT THAT REPORT NEAR THE GALLERIA AREA. DRIVING THROUGH NEAR POST OAK CARS ARE STOPPED IN THE ROAD. NOT JUST SEDANS, BUT NOW TRUCKS. MY GIRLFRIEND DID CALL IN AND SHE SENT ME A VIDEO. SHE IS DRIVING BACK THERE. SHE SAID SHE IS NOT MOVING. THERE IS WATER ALONG POST OAK, WESTHEIMER, AND SAN FELIPE. I WANT TO PASS ALONG THAT WHITE OAK BY YOU, AS YOU WATCH THE RADAR, IS NOW OUT OF ITS BANKS. THAT IS COMING IN NOW. JUST GOT GOOD WORD FROM THE LAKE CONROE DAM AND THIS IS FROM THE WATER AUTHORITIES THERE, LAKE CONROE IS STILL TWO FEET BELOW NORMAL POOL LEVELS. NO RELEASES ARE BEING MADE FROM THE LAKE CONROE DAM. THAT’S GOOD NEWS. FURTHER DOWN IN KENWOOD THE EAST FORK, WEST FORK OF THE SAN JACINTO RIVER ARE NOT RELEASING ANY WATER AT THIS POINT. THEY HAVE ALLOWED ENOUGH ROOM UNDER THAT DAMPER, TERESA MOTHER SPOTS THAT ARE TROUBLED RIGHT NOW. GATE 740 AT LAKE HUGHES AND OUT OF ITS BANK. FM 1960 GATE SEVEN KENNY CREEK OUT OF ITS BANKS. GATE 785 UP HISTORY OF ITS BANKS. ALREADY WHAT WE SEE IS 15 TO 25 INCHES IN 12 HOURS IN NORTHEASTERN HARRIS COUNTY. AT THAT RAINFALL IF YOU WERE TO EXTRAPOLATE THAT TO AN ENTIRE DAY WE’RE TALKING ALMOST 40 TO 50 INCHES OF RAINFALL. AT THAT RATE. IT HAS NOT HAPPENED. 12 TO 13 TO 25 INCHES OF RAINFALL IN 12 HOURS AND WE SEE EXTREME RAINFALL AMOUNTS AS YOU SEE ON RADAR. THIS IS NOT LEAVING ANYTIME SOON . CENTRAL HARRIS COUNTY, IF YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LEAVE RIGHT NOW STAY PUT. PLEASE BE CAREFUL IF YOU GET OUT AND DRIVE.>>I DON’T THINK MY MICROPHONE WAS ON, BUT LOOKING AT THOSE NUMBERS AND COMPARING IT TO HARVEY WE KNOW THESE, WE ARE NOT AT THE TOTAL LEVELS, BUT, YET, IN SUCH A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME WITH SO MUCH RAIN>>THAT IS THE POINT WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE. WE HAVE SEEN IT SEVERAL TIMES. NOT JUST HARVEY, BUT SEVERAL STORMS. I’M SURE THE SAME THING HAPPENED IN 1979 WITH CLAUDETTE AND SEVERAL OF THE STORMS. FROM TIME TO TIME HERE IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS WE GET TREMENDOUS RAINFALL RATES OF 2 TO 6, SOMETIMES SEVEN INCHES AN HOUR. A WHILE AGO I WAS LOOKING AT THE HARRIS COUNTY RAIN CONTROL DISTRICTS RAIN GAUGES AND I WAS SEEING ACTUAL MEASUREMENTS IN THE GAUGES OF A 4 TO 5 INCHES OF RAIN THAT HAD FALLEN IN THE GAUGE IN AN HOURS TIME. IT’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’T LIKE TO COMPARE ANY STORM TO HARVEY BECAUSE I WANT TO REPEAT THIS ONCE AGAIN. HARVEY WAS THE WORST RAINED STORM IN U.S. HISTORY. OVER FLATLAND. IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANOTHER PLACE THAT HAS SEEN 15 TO 60 INCHES OF RAINFALL IN JUST A FEW DAYS FROM RAINSTORMS. I DON’T LIKE TO COMPARE ANYTHING TO THAT. NOBODY IS GOING TO GET 60 INCHES OUT OF THIS OR 50, BUT WE ARE GETTING 20 TO 25, 30, 35 INCH RAINFALL TOTALS, ESPECIALLY GETTING TOWARD THE BEAUMONT AREA. THIS IS A TREMENDOUS THE STORM. THIS ONE IS JUST GOING TO STAND ALONE. >>ALL RIGHT. WHAT PICTURE IS WE ARE SEEING AS WELL ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE AS YOU’RE TALKING. THAT DOUBLE BOX THERE, WE SAW STEVE CAMPION UP THERE AND HE WAS OVER THERE IN THE WNY AREA. IN FACT, EARLIER TODAY, AND I DON’T KNOW WHETHER WE HAVE HIM LIVE OR WHETHER WE WOULD LIKE TO GO TO — EXPECT THERE SOMETHING ELSE I’M CONCERNED ABOUT. A LITTLE WHY WE SHOWED YOU FUTURE TRACK AND WE SAID LATER THIS AFTERNOON THE LINE WOULD MAKE IT DOWN TO THE GALVESTON AREA. THIS IS VERY CONCERNING WHAT I’M SEEING HERE. THERE’S ALREADY A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT GALVESTON ISLAND RIGHT NOW FROM PARTS OF GALVESTON COUNTY NEAR THE COAST. WHAT WE ARE SEEING IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS LINE OF STORMS, WHICH IS FEEDING INTO THE MAIN STORM SYSTEM THAT IS COMING IN FROM THE NORTH. LET ME WIDEN THE SHOT OUT A LITTLE BIT. I CAN SHOW YOU. THE LINE OF STORMS OVER GALVESTON IS FEEDING THIS LINE THAT’S COMING IN FROM THE SOUTH, FROM THE NORTH. THAT’S DOING A COUPLE OF THINGS. WHENEVER YOU GET THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING OUT AHEAD OF THE MAINLINE THAT ARE FEEDING THE LIGHT THE RAINFALL RATES, WHERE THE TWO ARE COMING TOGETHER, CAN TYPICALLY BE TREMENDOUS. OKAY? THERE IS GOING TO BE SOME MORE EXTREME RAIN ONGOING OVER PARTS OF CHAMBERS COUNTY, GALVESTON COUNTY. THE OTHER THING THAT IS CONCERNING TO ME IS THAT WE ALREADY HAD A 10+ INCHES OF RAIN OVER THE ISLAND. WE HAVE HEAVY RAIN THAT IS OCCURRING RIGHT NOW. AND HEAVY RAIN THAT IS COMING DOWN FROM THE NORTH. THIS IS GOING TO BE MANY, MANY HOURS OF EXTREMELY HEAVY RAIN THERE IN GALVESTON. THAT IS A VERY CONCERNING THING. COLLIN, I THINK YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL US . >>TWO NEW THINGS. IN A FLASH FLOOD WARNING INCLUDING PARTS OF GALVESTON, CHAMBERS, HARRIS. PRETTY MUCH THE ENTIRE METRO WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS TO THE WEST ARE IN A FLASH FLOOD WARNING. ALSO A NEW REPORT COMING IN, METRO BUSES ARE STRANDED IN ROAD SURROUNDING BUSH AIRPORT. METRO BUSES ARE STRANDED IN WATER ON ROADS SURROUNDING BUSH AIRPORT. THAT HEIGHTENS THE MESSAGE. IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO GET OUT STAY PUT AND BE SMART. PLEASE, BE CAREFUL. EVEN BUSES AND TRUCKS CAN GET STUCK IN THIS. >>WE ARE A LONG WAY FROM BEING DONE WITH THIS. GALVESTON ISLAND, WATCH OUT THERE. DON’T VENTURE OUT IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO. WE WILL KEEP YOU UP-TO-DATE ON WHAT’S GOING ON. >>ONE LAST QUESTION I’M SURE BUT HE WANTS TO KNOW, ANY IDEA WHEN THIS IS GOING TO START LETTING UP BECAUSE >>I THINK, LET’S LOOK AT HOUSTON, WE STILL HAVE SOME HEAVY RAIN UP IN THIS REGION HERE IN NORTHERN LIBERTY COUNTY INTO SOUTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND NORTHERN PARTS OF HARRIS COUNTY. IT STILL HAS TO GO THROUGH. WE HAVE TO GET RID OF THE LINE OVER US RIGHT NOW. IT IS SLOWLY CREEPING TO THE SOUTH. WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE WE HAVE TO ACCOUNT FOR. ACCORDING TO OUR COMPUTER MODELS , LET’S SEE, IT IS 11:40 RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE SAYING BETWEEN 1:00 AND 3:00 IS WHEN THINGS WILL START TO EASE UP HERE IN HOUSTON. THIS WILL ALL SETTLE TO THE SOUTH. THAT, BASICALLY, MEANS WE HAVE ANOTHER TWO OR THREE MAC OR FOUR HOURS OF THIS BEFORE IT COMPLETELY MOVES OUT OF THE AREA. THAT SHOULD BE REASON ENOUGH NOT TO GET OUT THERE. >>THANKS SO MUCH. >>GOOD INFORMATION. THANK YOU, DAVID. LET’S GO LIVE NOW TO MIYA SHAY DOWNTOWN AT THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. WE HEARD A NEWS CONFERENCE FROM THAT AREA NOT LONG AGO. WHAT IS THE LATEST?>>Reporter: THE HOUSTON EMERGENCY CENTER FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON IS LOCATED IN NORTH SHEPHERD. I WANT TO SHOW YOU, BECAUSE THE PARKING LOT TO THE EMERGENCY CENTER IS FLOODED. THIS IS THE GATE. WE CAN’T GET OUT BECAUSE YOU SEE SHEPHERD IS A LITTLE HIGHER, BUT THE POINT BETWEEN THE MAIN BUILDING AND SHEPHERD, ALL THIS AREA, I WALKED OUT THERE AND HE CAME TO MY KNEES. AND CARS WERE COMING AND, THIS CAR JUST STALLED OUT RIGHT NEXT TO US A COUPLE OF MINUTES AGO. WE WATCHED HIM COME IN AND SHOW THEIR ID AND THEN HE TRIED TO MAKE A BEELINE. THE PERSON HASN’T GONE OUT YET. THIS LOOKS LIKE A POLICE VEHICLE OR SOME SORT OF OFFICIAL CITY-OWNED VEHICLE. THE PERSON HAS NOT GOTTEN OUT. THE CAR IS STUCK RIGHT HERE. AND IF WE GO OVER HERE A LITTLE BIT YOU CAN SEE THE DEPTH. THE BUILDING ITSELF IT IS UP HIGH ENOUGH, BUT AS WE GO DOWN YOU CAN SEE THE PARKING LOT SLOPES AND THERE IS ACTUALLY PARKED CARS HERE OF CITY WORKERS WHO ARE WORKING TO KEEP YOU SAFE. THOSE FOLKS PROBABLY WILL HAVE TO GET A RIDE HOME, ALTHOUGH, NOT ON METRO. SOME OTHER WAY TO GET HOME TODAY, BECAUSE LOOK AT THAT. A LOT OF THE CARS, COUPLE OF CARS PARKED ON ONE END OF THE PARKING LOT, PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE DRIVING HOME. THESE FOLKS ARE NOT WORRIED ABOUT THEIR CARS RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE I KNOW THEY ARE INSIDE THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT KEEPING TRACK OF ALL THE STORMS. WHAT THE MAYOR HAS SAID AND SOME GOOD ADVICE IS TO STAY PUT WHERE YOU ARE. INSIDE A BUILDING YOU ARE SAFE. WE HAVE A LOT OF STREET FLOODING, SO STAFF THE ROADS. EVERY TIME WE COVER ONE OF THESE STORMS ALL OF YOU GUYS KNOW IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT PEOPLE LOSING THEIR LIVES IN THE FLOODWATERS BECAUSE THEY ARE DRIVING. THAT IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING AVOIDABLE. WE URGE YOU NOT TO DO THAT. EVEN HERE AT THE EMERGENCY CENTER YOU CAN GET STALLED OUT COMING TO WORK TO KEEP OTHER PEOPLE SAFE. THAT’S THE LATEST FROM HERE. BACK TO YOU GUYS. >>A GOOD MORNING ONCE AGAIN. YOU ARE RIGHT. AS COLIN JUST SAID, MORE THAN 80% OF DEATHS DURING A STORM LIKE THIS ARE THE RESULT OF DROWNING. AND OFTEN INVOLVING A CAR.>>>WE WENT AHEAD OUT NOW AND FIND OUR T.J. PARKER. THERE HE IS. TJ, YOU ARE IN SOUTHWEST HOUSTON? >>Reporter: WE ARE NOT FAR FROM THE STATION ALONG WESLEY. THIS IS THE WEST LINN PLAZA. YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A LITTLE LESS THAN AN HOUR AND THIS WATER IS RISING INCREDIBLY QUICKLY. WE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE DRIVING TO THIS. WE HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO SOME OF THE CITY OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY FOLKS THROUGHOUT THE MORNING TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO DO SO. WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANYBODY GET STUCK HERE ON WESLEYAN, BUT WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE GOING SLOW. A LOT OF PEOPLE GOING THROUGH HERE AND BACKING UP, WHICH IS PROBABLY A GOOD THING, BECAUSE THE WATER IS EXTREMELY DEEP. IF WE COULD LOOK AT THE ROADWAY , WE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR LESS THAN AN HOUR AND THIS WATER HAS RISEN SEVERAL INCHES. THERE IS ALSO A LOT OF THINGS FLOATING IN THIS WATER, WHICH COULD CAUSE SOME DAMAGE TO YOUR VEHICLE IF YOU’RE DRIVING IN THIS. AGAIN, THIS IS THE SCENE AT WESLEY IN. IT JUST GOES TO SHOW THE IMPACT THAT THE LOOP IS HAVING HERE. WE ARE NOT TOO FAR FROM THE STATION FROM WHERE YOU GUYS ARE. YOU CAN SEE THIS PERSON DRIVING THROUGH THE WATER RIGHT NOW. THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. THEY HAVE AN SUV AND THEY CAN PROBABLY MAKE IT, BUT YOU NEVER KNOW. THESE ROADS HAVE THOSE UPS AND DOWNS AND YOU JUST DON’T KNOW HOW DEEP THE WATER IS. THE PARKING LOTS HERE ARE FINE, BUT IT IS THE ROADS, WESLEYAN IS JUST INUNDATED WITH WATER. WE ARE GOING TO SEND IT BACK TO YOU.>>TJ, WE ARE JUST LOOKING AT THIS SUB, THAT’S A TOYOTA FOUR RUNNER IT LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT MAKE IT THROUGH THERE. THAT IS, HE WAS LUCKY. YOU START GOING FAST THROUGH THOSE PILES OF WATER AND IN A LITTLE BIT GETS INTO YOUR ENGINE AND YOU ARE STALLED AND IT’S A MULTITHOUSAND DOLLAR JOB TO FIX IT. >>ABSOLUTELY. I THINK YOU MADE THE DECISION TO TURN INTO THAT PARKING LOT, WHICH IS A LITTLE BIT HIGHER. HE MAY HAVE RECOGNIZED THE FACT IT WAS NOT GOING TO BE EASY. >>HAVE YOU SEEN ANY OTHER STALLED VEHICLES THERE?>>WE HAVEN’T SEEN STALLED VEHICLES. TO BRING UP YOUR POINT WITH THE SUB, YOU SAW IT DRIVING TO THE VEHICLE. THE WATER WAS UP TO ITS WHEEL WELL. THAT’S AN SUB. THAT’S A PRETTY HIGH CAR. YOU CAN JUST SEE HOW HIGH THE WATER IS HERE ON WESLEYAN. >>I THINK WE ALL GET A FALSE SENSE OF COMFORT. WE THINK MY TRUCK IS HIGHER, MY SUV IS HIGHER, BUT WATERS LIKE THIS I BELIEVE IT ONLY TAKES 12 TO 18 INCHES. >>LOOK AT THAT OTHER SMALL VEHICLE. I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF THAT ONE STALLS, WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING AT THEIR. >>THIS IS A TINY CAR COMING THROUGH. >>AND IN THE WAKE OF THAT TRUCK.>>THAT’S THE THING. WHEN THESE CARS PASS EACH OTHER CAUSING WAVES IT IT REALLY SHOWS HOW MUCH WATER IS ON THIS ROAD. >>THAT AREA RIGHT THERE, HISTORICALLY, FLOODS AS WELL. WE KNOW EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE. THAT INTERSECTION RIGHT NEAR WESLEYAN AND BISSONNETTE, THAT AREA TRADITIONALLY FLOODS. YET, THE CARS CONTINUE TO GO THROUGH. I THINK THEY WILL MAKE IT. OTHER CARS ARE MAKING IT. EVENTUALLY, SOMEONE IS GOING TO BE STALLING THERE.>>Reporter: ESPECIALLY ONCE THE WATER CONTINUES TO RISE HERE AS WELL. >>YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT THAT, TJ. JUST ANOTHER VISUAL REMINDER TO STAY HOME IF YOU CAN. WE WENT AHEAD NOW TO WNY, WHICH IS REALLY IN THE UPPER CENTER OF ANY OF THESE STORMS. THEY HAVE REALLY BEEN GETTING HIT HARD FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS. AS YOU CAN SEE, COURTNEY FISCHER HAS BEEN THERE MUCH OF THE MORNING. YOU GUYS DECIDED TO TAKE SHELTER THERE.>>Reporter: YEAH. WE WERE WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE GETTING RESCUED AND NOW WE ARE BACK OUT ON THE ROADS. I WANT TO SHOW YOU, WE KIND OF PAUSED SO YOU CAN SEE THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE RIGHT NOW. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU JUST SAW SOMEONE, PEOPLE ARE DECIDING TO STAY IN THEIR HOMES AT THIS POINT. A LOT OF THE RESCUE BOATS, EXCUSE ME, RESCUE TRUCKS HAVE COME BACK AND THEY JUST DON’T HAVE PEOPLE IN THEM. THEY ARE SAYING WE COME TO THESE PEOPLE AND THEY ARE DECIDING WE WANT TO STAY PUT. THESE ARE WHAT THE ROADS LOOK LIKE IN WNY. NEIGHBORHOOD AFTER NEIGHBORHOOD, LOOK AT THIS DEBRIS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, A PICNIC TABLE JUST WASHED ASHORE. I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW WE ARE IN A HIGH WATER VEHICLE, SO WE ARE MAKING SURE IT IS SAFE. AT ONE POINT LYNN AND I WERE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD, HE IS A PHOTOGRAPHER DRIVING THE CAR, AND WE CAME UP RIGHT TO AN INCH AND WE SAID I THINK THAT ROAD IS WASHED AWAY. IT DID. THERE ARE SOME SCARY SPOTS HERE IN WNY. IT IS STILL RAINING. I KNOW YOU GUYS HAVE GONE TO STEVE CAMPION QUITE A BIT AND IT’S STILL RAINING HERE. IT HAS NOT LET UP SINCE EARLY THIS MORNING. WE HAVE BEEN OUT HERE SINCE 3 AM AND IT IS RELENTLESS. THAT’S THE WORD I THINK EVERYONE KEEPS USING, BECAUSE IT JUST KEEPS COMING DOWN. THE RED CROSS SHELTER DOES HAVE QUITE A FEW PEOPLE THERE. I WOULD SAY AT LEAST 100 PEOPLE. THERE IS STILL MONEY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE WANTING TO STAY IN THEIR HOMES. SOME PEOPLE DIDN’T ACTUALLY GET WATER IN THEIR HOMES, BUT THEY SAW IT RISING AND THEY WERE LIKE, SOMEBODY NEEDS TO GET ME OUT OF HERE. LOOK AT THIS. WE WILL SEE IF WE CAN TALK TO THIS COUPLE. I THINK PEOPLE ARE JUST IN A STATE OF SHOCK HERE IN WNY. A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST GOT BACK IN THEIR HOMES AFTER HARVEY. WE ARE TALKING IN APRIL AND MARCH. AND NOW THEY HAVE TO GOT THEIR HOUSES AGAIN. THE SAME THING YOU SEE ON ALMOST EVERY STREET HERE, THE WATER IS IT JUST SWELLED UP TO THE HOUSES. IF NOT INSIDE ALREADY.>>COURTNEY, YOU ARE SHOWING US THE PICTURE ZERO EARLIER OF THOSE HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. WE ARE LOOKING AT SOME OF THOSE PICTURES THAT YOU SHOT EARLIER. THERE MUST HAVE BEEN DOZENS OF PEOPLE THAT WERE RESCUED FROM THEIR FLOODED HOMES.>>ABSOLUTELY. WE ARE TALKING ELDERLY. WHERE TALKING PEOPLE WITH WHEELCHAIRS AND WALKERS. LITTLE KIDS THAT WERE COVERED IN GARBAGE BAGS. THEY LOOKED EXHAUSTED AND CONFUSED. AND SAD. I THINK THE SAME THING THAT I HEARD FROM ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE AS THEY GONE UP THOSE TRUCKS WERE HELPED OUT BY FIREFIGHTERS, SO MANY OF THEM TOLD ME I THOUGHT WE WERE IN THE CLEAR. I TALKED TO ONE WOMAN WHO LEFT DICKINSON AFTER SHE LOST EVERYTHING AND SHE SAID I WILL MOVE TO WNY. IT CAN’T HAPPEN AGAIN. SHE WAS LIKE, I FEEL LIKE IT’S A [email protected] VU. I’M HERE AND I HAVE LOST EVERYTHING AGAIN. YOU KIND OF, I DON’T KNOW, IT’S DIFFERENT, BUT THE SAME. I THINK HAVING COVERED HARVEY YOU HAVE SOME KIND OF PERSPECTIVE. PEOPLE WERE TIRED, OF COURSE, BUT HERE PEOPLE ARE JUST AT THEIR WITS END.>>AND FOR GOOD REASON. THEY HAVE SUFFERED THROUGH SO MUCH. WHEN YOU BARELY GET INTO A HOME FROM HARVEY, WHICH WAS MORE THAN TWO YEARS AGO AND BACK IN AUGUST AND YOU BARELY GOT INTO IT BACK IN APRIL OR MAY AND THEN THIS HAPPENS AND ANOTHER STORM AND ANOTHER FLOODING SITUATION WHERE YOU HAVE TO, AGAIN, BUCK OUT YOUR HOME AND GOT IT AND REBUILD, THAT’S TOUGH.>>AS WE ALL KNOW, EVEN ONCE YOUR RESCUED AND TAKEN OUT OF YOUR HOME NOW YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHERE TO GO. THAT’S THE REAL DIFFICULTY FOR SO MANY OF THESE FOLKS. COURTNEY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BRINGING US THESE LIVE PICTURE DOES AND HANGING THERE SINCE SO EARLY THIS MORNING. OUR HEART REALLY GOES OUT TO ALL OF THOSE FOLKS IN WNY. I WANT.REALLY THE UPPER CENTER OF THIS STORM OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS. THANK YOU SO MUCH, COURTNEY. BUT THEY HAVE RECEIVED A LOT OF RAIN. IN FACT, AS DAVID HAS BEEN SAYING AND COLLIN MYERS, UP TO 20 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN IN SOME OF THESE AREAS. NORTHEAST HOUSTON. YOU CAN SEE THE MAP BEHIND US WITH ALL OF THAT RED. THAT IS WHERE THE MOST SERIOUS STORMS ARE PASSING WHATEVER THE HOUSTON AREA. THEY CONTINUE TO TRAIN, WHICH MEANS THEY JUST COME AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. >>AND THE SPEED, THEY ARE MOVING SO SLOWLY. >>VERY SLOW. >>THEY HAVE DUMPED SO MUCH WATER. WE WANT TO GO NOW TO ALL DEAN AND JOINED MYCAH HATFIELD WHO IS THERE. I UNDERSTAND YOU ARE CLOSE TO A LOT OF DAMAGE THERE FROM THE STORM? >>Reporter: WE ARE. WE ARE AT THE POST OFFICE RIGHT NOW NEAR HAVE THE ROAD PARKWAY AND ALL DEAN. AN AMBULANCE IS PULLING IN RIGHT NOW. WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ANY INJURIES HERE, BUT WE DO KNOW THE ROOF COLLAPSED ON THIS POST OFFICE. THE ENTIRE FRONT OF THE BUILDING , THE ROOF COLLAPSED. WE TALKED TO THE POST OFFICE SECURITY AND THEY SAID THEY DIDN’T REALLY HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION OR KNOW ABOUT INJURIES, BUT THERE WERE PEOPLE INSIDE THE POST OFFICE AT THE TIME THAT IT HAPPENED. YOU CAN SEE DOZENS OF CARS IN THE PARKING LOT. WHERE TOLD ALL THOSE PEOPLE HAVE NOW BEEN EVACUATED AT THIS POINT. IT IS AND CLEAR THEY HAVE ON, BUT WE ARE TOLD THEY HAVE BEEN EVACUATED. LIKE ESSAY, THIS AMBULANCE JUST PULLING IT AS WE CAME ON THE AIR. WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ANY INJURIES OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT JUST YET WE DO KNOW PEOPLE SAID THEY HEARD WHAT SOUNDED LIKE A TORNADO. THAT IS UNCONFIRMED AT THIS POINT. THE DAMAGE OUT HERE IS JUST VERY INTENSE. THE WHOLE FRONT OF THAT POST OFFICE, THE ROOF COLLAPSED, AND YOU CAN SEE INSIDE THE BUILDING. WE DON’T SEE ANY PEOPLE OUT HERE RIGHT NOW BESIDES SECURITY. THEY TOLD US THEY ARE JUST HOLDING THE PERIMETER OF THE BUILDING RIGHT NOW AND TELL EMERGENCY VEHICLES CAN GET HERE. DRIVING HERE WE SAW A LOT OF FIRE TRUCKS, POLICE, AMBULANCES OUT ON THE ROAD. I KNOW THEY ARE VERY BUSY. IT’S UNCLEAR HOW LONG IT’S GOING TO BE UNTIL THERE WERE ABLE TO COME HERE AND DO A LITTLE BIT MORE WORK AND INVESTIGATING ON WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE. THERE IS TAPE BLOCKING OFF THE FRONT OF THE POST OFFICE RIGHT NOW. >>ASHLEY LOOK AT THAT ROOFLINE IT IS CLEAR THIS WAS NOT THE RESULT OF HEAVY WIND OR EVEN A TORNADO OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. THIS WAS THE RESULT OF JUST A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF WEIGHT. PERHAPS OF WATER AS WELL AS SOME OTHER STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS IT WAS HAVING. THERE IS NO DEBRIS ANYWHERE AROUND THAT AREA. YOU LOOK AT THAT AND THAT IS AN ENTIRE ROOFLINE THAT HAS COLLAPSED AS A RESULT OF, I SUPPOSE, THEY HEAVY RAIN. I DON’T KNOW. THE WEIGHT OF THE RAIN. ONE WONDERS WHY THAT COLLAPSED.>>Reporter: YOU ARE RIGHT. IT IS JUST A PORTION OF THE BUILDING. I’M LOOKING OUT TO SEE HOW LONG THIS BUILDING IS. IT’S A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT SIZED BUILDING. THIS IS JUST A FRACTION OF IT. THERE IS NOT A LOT OF OTHER DEBRIS IN THE PARKING LOT OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. NOW A LOT OF DEBRIS IN AND AROUND THAT AREA. I SEE SOME CRUSHED CARS THAT LOOK LIKE THEY WERE PARKED AGAINST THE BUILDING. AGAIN, NO WORD ON INJURIES. THAT AMBULANCE THAT WAS DRIVING IN AS WE CAME ON THE AIR JUST TURNED AROUND AND LEFT. WE DON’T KNOW WHY THEY WERE HERE. >>INTERESTING. WE WILL GET BACK TO YOU PRETTY QUICKLY. IF YOU FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ON HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE INSIDE AND WHETHER OR NOT ANYBODY WAS HURT THAT WOULD BE REALLY MUCH APPRECIATED. JUST STUNNING PICTURE IS THERE. SHE IS IN ALL DEAN AT THIS POINT. STANDING BY RIGHT NOW IS DANNY PEREZ WITH TECHSTAT. DANNY IS ALWAYS THE PERSON WE GO TO WHEN WE HAVE SITUATIONS LIKE THIS. YOU ALL MUST BE LOOKING AT ROADS ALL OVER THE PLACE. WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST CONCERNS RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW ON THE NORTH SIDE OF TOWN WE ARE LOOKING AT 69 ALONG THE CORRIDOR. WE ARE ALSO LOOKING AT OTHER AREAS CLOSER TO THE CITY. WE ARE ALSO LOOKING AT CONDITIONS IN NORTHEAST HARRIS COUNTY, CROSBY, HOFFMAN. WE ARE ALSO MAKING SURE WE ARE KEEPING IN CONTACT WITH OUR PARTNERS IN THE BEAUMONT DISTRICT. TECHSTAT BEAUMONT DISTRICT. THERE ARE SOME SERIOUS IMPACTS WITH THE STORM. I-10 IN PARTICULAR IN CHAMBERS AND JEFFERSON COUNTY. IT IS A TEAM EFFORT WORKING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND OUR PARTNERS AN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. >>I’M SURE YOU WOULD HAVE THE OTHER WORDS THE SAME OFFICIALS HAVE HAD, STAY PUT AND DON’T GET ON THE ROADWAYS. WHEN YOU GET SOME MAJOR THOROUGHFARES LIKE 59 AND I-10 CLOSED OFF BECAUSE OF FLOODING IT REALLY JUST PARALYZES THE CITY. DOESN’T IT?>>ABSOLUTELY. THAT’S WHY WE ASK FOLKS NOT TO GET ON THE ROADS AT ALL. WE ALWAYS EMPHASIZE TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN. WE DON’T EVEN NEED YOU ON THE ROADS. STAFF THE ROADS. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AND FIRST RESPONDERS AND OTHER FOLKS ARE OUT THERE, TXDOT WORKERS, IF YOU SEE FLASHING LIGHTS YIELD TO THE WORKERS OUT THERE. IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO STAY OFF THE ROADS. IT’S NOT A SAFE SITUATION RIGHT NOW. >>WE HAVE TO ASK ABOUT CONSTRUCTION. THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT THOROUGHFARES ALL AROUND TOWN THAT WERE BEING WORKED ON RIGHT NOW. DO YOU HAVE ANY PLACES WHERE THERE IS THAT REAL CONFLUENCE OF THE BAD WEATHER AND THE CONSTRUCTION THAT IS REALLY HURTING FOLKS?>>WE ARE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT AREAS. ONE OF THE BIG THINGS IS WORKING WITH OUR CONTRACTORS, OUR SUBCONTRACTORS AND MAKING SURE THERE KEEPING DRAINS CLEARED IF THERE’S ANY IMPACT FROM DEBRIS. IF IS THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE, IT’S NOT ONLY TECHSTAT, ALSO OUR CONTRACTORS AND CONSULTANTS MAKING SURE THE ROADWAYS ARE KEPT CLEAR. IF THERE’S ANY ISSUES WE ARE CLEARING THE ROADS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. IF IT’S A DRAIN ISSUE OR SOMETHING WITH THE PUMPS, IT’S JUST A LOT OF RAIN AT ONE TIME. WE ARE ASKING FOLKS OUT THERE TO JUST BE MINDFUL AND NOT TO HIT THE ROAD. ACTUALLY WE ARE OUT THERE IN FULL FORCE WITH CREWS ALL THROUGHOUT THE HOUSTON DISTRICT MAKING SURE WE ARE KEEPING ROADS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE. IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO STAY OFF THE ROADS. >>ABSOLUTELY. MOST PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE AS WELL THAT ROADS ARE NATURALLY BUILT LOWER OR IN MANY NEIGHBORHOODS SO THAT THEY WILL FLOOD INSTEAD OF THE HOMES. AND THE FEEDERS AS WELL ARE ALWAYS THE FIRST THING TO FLOOD.>>YEAH. WE ARE LOOKING AT ALL THE ROAD CONDITIONS. WE HAVE A GREAT TEAM HERE AT HOUSTON TRANS-STAR. WE HAVE OUR FOLKS MONITORING THE CONDITIONS ON THE ROADS AND THE FOLKS HERE AT TRANS STAR THAT HAVE ACCESS TO ALL THE CAMERAS THAT ARE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT ROADS. IT IS A CONSTANT FLOW OF COMMUNICATION. MAKING SURE WE ARE ADDRESSING ANY AREAS. WE ARE LOOKING AT THE FRONTAGE ROADS AND THE INTERSECTING STREETS, LOWER LYING AREAS THAT MAY BE IMPACTED. IT IS GOING TO BE AN EVENT THAT WILL TAKE PLACE FOR A FEW MORE HOURS. WE ARE LOOKING AT THOSE AREAS AND SEEING IF THE IMPACTS COME FROM THE SOUTH OR SOUTHERN HARRIS COUNTY AND SOME OTHER AREAS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN IMPACTED BY THE STORM THUS FAR. >>WE APPRECIATE IT AS ALWAYS. THANK YOU FOR THE REMINDER TO LOOK OUT FOR YOUR FOLKS, ALL OF THOSE WORKERS OUT THERE WHO ARE WORKING ON MONITORING THOSE CONDITIONS TODAY. >>>LET’S GET TO ALICIA RIBAS WHO IS GOING TO BE TALKING MORE ABOUT ALL THAT MESS BEHIND YOU IS EVERYWHERE. STAY PUT. >>THIS SHOULD BE THE ROADWAY. THIS SHOULD BE THE FRONTAGE ROAD AT LITTLE YORK RIGHT NOW. AND ALL OF THESE OTHER VEHICLES HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THE SIDE, HOPING TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER . DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH POOR VISIBILITY. A LOT OF DRIVERS WITH LIGHTS ON. WE ARE MOVING THE CAMERAS AROUND TO FIND OUT WHERE THE TROUBLE SPOTS ARE. THE FRONTAGE ROADS ARE GENUINE TROUBLE SPOTS. THERE ARE MULTIPLE SPOTS THAT LOOK JUST LIKE THIS. NORTH FREEWAY ABOUT HOUSTON, PEOPLE TRYING TO GET UP ONTO THE SIDE JUST TO GET AWAY FROM THE WATER THAT IS FURTHER IN THE CENTER SECTION. BE AWARE. A LOT OF THIS ACCESS ROADS AND THE UNDERPASSES ARE FILLING WITH WATER ALONG THE NORTH FREEWAY AND EASTEX FREEWAY. PEOPLE HAVE PULLED TO THE SIDE TO JUST GIVE UP AND WAIT IT OUT AND NOT GO ANY FURTHER BECAUSE, OF COURSE, EVEN IF YOU CAN GET ON THE HIGHWAY THE MAIN LANES ARE GOOD THEN YOU DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN GET OFF AND GET TO YOUR DESTINATION. AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE VIEWS OF THE HOUSTON TRANS-CAR CAMERAS THIS AFTERNOON WE SEE WHAT THE RAIN IS DOING TO THE ROADWAYS. WE HAVE PRETTY MUCH BEEN ABLE TO SAY WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF OUR MAIN LANES ON THE INTERSTATES. THAT IS NO LONGER TRUE WE SEE A LOT OF WATER ON THE FRONTAGE ROADS. ON THE MAIN LANES OF THE HIGHWAYS AS WELL. THIS IS THE NORTH FELD AND JFK. ON THE OTHER SIDE JUST BARELY GETTING THROUGH YOU CAN SEE THE TRAFFIC TRYING TO GET OVER TOWARD BUSH AIRPORT AND USING JFK AND IT HAS BEEN A ROUGH GO WITH ALL THE MAJOR CORE DOORS AROUND INTERSTATE AGE THIS AFTERNOON FILLING WITH WATER. STILL AN OBSCURE DRIVE FOR YOU. ROUGH DRIVING CONDITIONS HEADING NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND. I MENTIONED THE HOV, METRO CLOSING THE HOV IS AND THE HOT LANES RIGHT NOW. BECAUSE OF THE POOR CONDITIONS. THIS IS THE NORTH FELD AT VICTORY. ALL ALONG THE NORTH BELT DUE TO THE MAIN LANE CLOSURES AND THE NORTH FELT THAT IS REALLY POINTLESS TO TRY TO USE. THIS IS THE KIND OF STUFF THAT YOU’RE GOING TO BE SITTING IN. LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. I WILL GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK OVER AT MY TRAFFIC CAMERA. I WILL KEEP TALKING TO YOU. I WANT YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE ROADWAYS RIGHT NOW. HAVE BEEN TELLING YOU ABOUT I-10 AND EVERYTHING HAPPENED WITH MAJOR SERVICES. WE BEGIN WITH METRO RIGHT NOW AS YOU SEE THIS WEATHER MOVED THROUGH THE AREA WE SEE ALL METRO SERVICES ARE SUSPENDED FOR THE MOMENT. PAY ATTENTION. WITH METRO ALERTS COMING THROUGH THE NEWSROOM I WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN THEY’RE RUNNING ONCE AGAIN. . NOW WE WANT TO GO TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY WHERE YOU CAN SEE A CAR FLOODED OUT. CLEARLY, THIS GUY IS LOSING CONTROL OF HIS CAR THERE. >>LOOK AT THAT. DRAMATIC PICTURE IS OF HIM GETTING OUT OF THE VEHICLE RIGHT AFTER HE WENT OFF THE EDGE. AND INTO THAT HIGH WATER. WE ARE NOT CLEAR OF THE SITUATION HERE AND WHY THAT HAPPENED. WE DON’T KNOW WHETHER HE WAS DRIVING OR TRYING TO TURN AROUND OR SOMETHING AND GOT CAUGHT IN A DITCH. HE IS TAKING A PICTURE. YOU’VE GOT TO DO THAT FOR THE INSURANCE COMPANY. >>AND JUST BECAUSE HE’S GOT TO SHOW OTHER PEOPLE WHAT HE GOT OUT OF. AS YOU SAW THERE, IT KIND OF SPUN AROUND WHEN IT HIT THAT HIGH WATER. >>THERE IS CONROE. CONROE SO HARD HIT THIS MORNING MOST OF THE MORNING. IN FACT, THEY WERE RECEIVING JUST NUMEROUS INCHES OF RAIN. HUMBLE AS WELL. TASK TO SEE THE, KEYWORD AREA, LOOK AT THAT. THAT IS THE HUMBLED AREA. JUST A PORTION OF IT. THAT IS A LOT OF WATER.>>NOW WE ARE LOOKING AT KINGWOOD. WE WERE HERE A LITTLE WHILE AGO TALKING ABOUT THIS HOUSE. THE HOMEOWNER WAS NOT THERE AT THE TIME. GOT A REALLY GOOD WALLOP. THE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR WAS AND WAS ABLE TO AT LEAST NOTIFY THEM. THE GOOD NEWS IS NO INJURIES. OBVIOUSLY, THAT IS GOING TO BE A GREAT DEAL OF REPAIR WORK EXPECT TARKINGTON NOW IN LIBERTY COUNTY, LIBERTY COUNTY, THEY JUST TOOK THE BRUNT OF A STORM. IN FACT, THEY ARE STILL FEELING THE EFFECTS OF THAT. YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE A LOT OF THE FLOODING IN THAT HOME. THERE WERE PROBABLY DOZENS, IF NOT HUNDREDS OF PLACES, THAT WERE FLOODED THERE IN THE LIBERTY COUNTY AREA. >>WE HAVE JUST SEEN SO MANY HOMEOWNERS HIT SO HARD. AS WE HEARD FROM COURTNEY A LITTLE WHILE AGO AND IN WNY SO MANY PEOPLE ARE SAYING WE JUST GOT BACK ON OUR FEET AFTER HARVEY. JUST FINALLY GOT TO THE POINT WHERE OUR HOME WAS LIVABLE AGAIN AND NOW WE ARE GOING TO THIS. WE WANT TO HEAD ON OVER TO DAVID TILLMAN AND FIND OUT A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHERE THIS IS GOING. ALSO, WE ARE WATCHING ALL OF OUR WATERWAYS. >>WE ARE. WE HAVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS OUT THERE. THAT FIRST VIDEO YOU SHOWED WAS OF A HONDA ACCORD COOP. THAT IS ABOUT A 3800 POUND CAR THAT WAS EASILY BEING TAKEN AWAY BY FLOODWATERS. IF A CAR THAT HEAVY CAN BE SWEPT AWAY JUST ABOUT ANY VEHICLE CAN. THIS IS NOT A SITUATION WHERE YOU WANT TO BE OUTSIDE. BUFFALO BAYOU AND SAN FELIPE UNDERWATER. THESE ARE ALL THE BAYOU AND CREEK FLOODING REPORTS WE ARE GETTING. BRIAR BRANCH AND TEMPLE ROAD, THAT AREA IS ALSO UNDERWATER AT THIS POINT. YOU CANNOT DRIVE THROUGH IT. MILK CREEK AND MORE VERY LANE THERE IS SOME WATER STANDING THERE AS WELL. TOUGH TO GET BY THERE. LITTLE WHITE OAK BY YOU AND TIDWELL ROAD, SIGNIFICANT FLOODING IN THAT LOCATION. PAUL’S BAYOU AT AIRLINE DRIVE SEEING SOME FLOODING AS WELL. 6040 GREENS BAYOU AT HIGHWAY 59 ON THE NORTH SIDE WE SEE SOME PROBLEMS WITH THAT. HERE IS A MORE. GARNERS BY YOU AND BILL WE ATE WE SEE SOME ISSUES. LAKE HOUSTON AT FM 1960 HAS GOT SOME FLOODING GOING ON THERE. SAN JACINTO RIVER AND U.S. HIGHWAY 59 WE ARE SEEING SOME FLOODING FROM THAT. GUM GOALIE AT DIAMOND HEAD BOULEVARD, SOME FLOODING THERE. AVOID THAT AREA. CEDAR BY YOU AND US 90, AVOID THAT. AND CEDAR BY YOU AT FM 1942, AVOID THAT AREA. BASICALLY, THIS IS A SITUATION WHERE YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE TRAVELING BY CAR IN HARRIS COUNTY. CERTAINLY DON’T WANT TO BE DOING IT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY. WE SHOWED YOU THE VIDEO FROM CONROE A LITTLE WHILE AGO. LIBERTY COUNTY HAS REALLY BEEN HIT HARD BY 15 TO 25 INCHES OF RAIN WITH THIS PARTICULAR SYSTEM. IT HAS BEEN POUNDING CHAMBERS COUNTY QUITE A BIT. NOW THE RAIN IS REALLY BEGINNING TO COME DOWN IN GALVESTON COUNTY. I WILL SHOW YOU THAT IN A MOMENT. WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS GO TO METEOROLOGIST COLLIN MYERS, BECAUSE HE HAS SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR US. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF REPORTS OF STALLED CARS OUT THERE AND PEOPLE DRIVING IN PLACES THEY SHOULDN’T. WHAT ARE USING NOW? >>WE SEE THAT AND WE POSTED THAT IMAGE AT BUSH AIRPORT. WE ARE GETTING SOME POWER OUTAGES ACROSS THE AREA BEING REPORTED. SEVERAL OUTAGES. IT LOOKS LIKE THAT NUMBER IS ONLY RISING. IF YOU LOSE POWER MAKE SURE YOUR PHONES ARE CHARGED. AGAIN, FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES CONTINUE. THE MAIN ONE FOR HERE’S COUNTY UNTIL 2:15 P.M. NOTICE THE INTENSITIES HAVE COME DOWN RIGHT OVER HOUSTON INSIDE THE LOOP. NOTICE, FORT BEND COUNTY, KATIE, DOWN TO FULL SHARE, WALLACE, ROSENBERG LOOK AT THE EXPLOSIVENESS OF THESE NEW THUNDERSTORMS. TENS OF LIGHTNING. FULCHER, CINCO RANCH, SUGAR LAND HEADED TO YOUR DIRECTION. YOU HAVE NOT SEEN AS MUCH UNTIL NOW. PLEASE BE CAREFUL. IF YOU’RE GOING TO GET OUT IN YOUR CAR UNDERSTAND IT HAS NOT TAKEN LONG, AS SOON AS THESE OVER SPREAD AREAS, AS SOON AS A HEAVY RAINS MOVIE AND WE START TO SEE ROADS FILL UP AND CARS STALL. PLEASE BE CAREFUL. FLASH FLOOD REPORTED JUST A FEW MOMENTS AGO. BUNKER HILL VILLAGESTREET AND ROAD FLOODING. ROADS ARE CLOSED. THAT’S TWO MILES SOUTH OF BUNKER HILL VILLAGE. TWO MILES SOUTH OF PINEY.VILLAGE IN HARRIS COUNTY. STREETS CLOSED AND ROAD FLOODING OVER THE STREET. ALDO ON THAT VIDEO I JUST SHARED ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE THERE’S A BIG HEADS UP. A FEW TRUCKS IN CONROE FOLLOWING ONE ANOTHER THROUGH HIGH WATER. DO NOT DO THAT. IF YOU CAN STAY PUT STAY PUT. THE SAN JACINTO RIVER EAST FORK AND WEST FORK, THAT HEAVY RAIN IS NOT FROM THE LAKE CONROE AREA. THE LAKE CONROE DAM IS HOLDING AT TWO PEOPLE WHAT HE , TO HOLD. IT CAN STILL GO UP ANOTHER TWO FEET. THAT IS SIMPLY FROM THE RAIN FALLING IN SAN JACINTO DOWN TOWARD NORTHEASTERN HARRIS COUNTY. TWO FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES CONTINUE. WE ARE REALLY STARTING TO FOCUS ON THE AREA OF STARTING TO WATCH, FORT BEND COUNTY WILL BE THE NEXT TO SEE HEAVY RAINFALL. >>I’M GOING TO ZOOM IN ON THAT IN A MOMENT. AS I WAS SAYING, ANYTIME YOU SEE NEW THUNDERSTORMS EATING INTO A LINE THAT’S PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN YOU COULD CAUSE A LOT OF ISSUES. YOU CAN HAVE SOME REALLY HIGH RENTAL RATES. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE SEEING OUT THERE. I JUST GOT A NEW BRAND-NEW FLASH FLOOD RUNNING FOR NORTHEASTERN COLORADO COUNTY, NORTHEASTERN WARREN COUNTY, SOUTHEAST AUSTIN COUNTY. NORTHERN FORT BEND COUNTY. NORTHERN BRAZORIA COUNTY. SOUTHERN PARTS OF WALLER COUNTY. SOUTHWESTERN HARRIS COUNTY. THIS NOW GOES UNTIL 3:00 THIS AFTERNOON. DOPPLER IT RADAR INDICATING HEAVY RAIN RATES OF 2 TO 4 INCHES IN OUR CROSSED THE WARNED AREA. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY. WHAT THEY ARE BASICALLY SAYING THERE IS AREAS SOUTH AND WEST OF WHERE WE HAVE SEEN ALL THE TREMENDOUS RAIN SO FAR THIS MORNING NOW BEGINNING TO GET SOME REALLY HEAVY RAIN. NOW THEY ARE RECOMMENDING THAT YOU DON’T TRAVEL IN FORT BEND COUNTY. IN WALLER COUNTY AND PLACES LIKE THAT. WHAT I HAVE DONE HERE IS LOOKED AT THE RADAR ESTIMATIONS OF RAIN OVER THE LAST 72 HOURS TO ENCOMPASS ALL THE RAIN THAT HAS FALLEN FROM ALL OVER SOUTHEAST TEXAS. THE BULK OF THIS FROM CONROE TOWARD BEAUMONT IS BASICALLY FALLING IN THE LAST 12 TO 16 HOURS OR SO. IN THIS BAND 12 TO 25 AND EVEN MORE IN SPOTS HAS FALLEN OVER THERE. THE REAL BULL’S-EYE HAS BEEN NORTHEASTERN PARTS OF CHAMBERS COUNTY INTO JEFFERSON COUNTY. THE PROBLEM HERE IS THAT THE RAIN CONTINUES TO FALL IN THIS REGION. WE ARE NOT SEEING MUCH RAIN THAT IS FALLING IN NORTH JUST HARRIS COUNTY. NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY IS NOT SEEING MUCH IN THE WAY OF RAIN AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME. ALSO NOTICED DOWN IN GALVESTON BACK INTO PARTS OF MATAGORDA COUNTY, SOUTHERN BRAZORIA COUNTY, THE TREMENDOUS RAIN WE HAD ABOUT A DAY AGO, THE RAIN IS BEGINNING TO PICK UP THERE RIGHT NOW. WE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE SOME ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS. AGAIN, 15 TO 25 IN THAT BAND RIGHT THERE. HOUSTON 5 TO 10 INCHES. THE RAIN CONTINUES TO COME DOWN. IT BEGINS TO LET UP GOING INTO THE AFTERNOON HOURS. HERE’S A LOOK AT THE WARNINGS AND EMERGENCIES RIGHT NOW. THIS IS A BRAND-NEW FLASH FLOOD WARNING THAT WE TOLD YOU ABOUT A LITTLE WHILE AGO. INTERSTATE 10 ALL THE WAY TO COLUMBUS UNDER THAT FLASH FLOOD WARNING RIGHT NOW FROM THIS BAND OF THUNDERSTORMS THAT IS JUST DEVELOPING AND MOVING SLOWLY TO THE SOUTH. >>JUST EXTENDED THE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR CENTRAL HARRAH’S UNTIL 3 PM. THEY’RE EXPECTING 2 TO 4 MORE INCHES OF RAINFALL. >>THAT’S GOING TO BE THIS ONE RIGHT ABOUT IN HERE. FOR CENTRAL HARRIS COUNTY? >>CORRECT. THAT NEW POLYGON RIGHT THERE COVERING THE INNER LOOP. >>THAT PARTICULAR AREA RIGHT THERE IS NOW UNDER A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY UNTIL 3:00. THERE ARE SOME ANY WARNINGS IN EFFECT RIGHT NOW THAT IT’S HARD TO GET THE COMPUTER JUST RIGHT TO SHOW YOU THIS PLACKET AT THE TOP. IF YOU LIVE IN HOUSTON, ESPECIALLY FROM DOWNTOWN HOUSTON TO THE NORTH AND EAST YOU ARE UNDER A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY RIGHT NOW. THAT FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY EXTENDS INTO PARTS OF THESE PARTS OF HARRIS COUNTY AND ENCOMPASSES PARTS OF LIBERTY COUNTY AND PARTS OF CHAMBERS COUNTY AS WELL. WE TAKE THE WARNINGS OFF TO SHOW YOU THE TREMENDOUS LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS THAT IS OCCURRING RIGHT NOW FROM SEELEY TOWARDS KATIE APPROACHING SUGAR LAND AND MISSOURI CITY FROM THE NORTH RIGHT NOW INTO HOUSTON, HUMBLE, LIBERTY. ALL OF THESE PLACES OVER HERE, THIS IS THE AREA THAT GOT THE 12 TO 24, 25 INCHES OF RAIN PLUS AND THEY ARE STILL GETTING HEAVY RAIN AT THIS TIME. THIS IS AN AWFUL SITUATION IN LIBERTY COUNTY, CHAMBERS COUNTY AS WELL. THE RAIN IS PICKING UP TO THE SOUTH. I WANT TO MOVE THIS TO SHOW YOU WHAT COLLIN WAS TALKING ABOUT A LITTLE WHILE AGO. THUNDERSTORMS FEEDING INTO THE LINE IN THE KATIE AREA. WHEN THEY HIT THIS LINE NOTICE HOW YOU BEGIN TO GET HEAVY RAIN DEVELOPING. THAT IS THE RAIN RATES INCREASING. THAT IS INCREASING THE PROBABILITY OF SIGNIFICANT STREET FLOODING AND FLASH FLOODING AS THIS LINE MOVES TO THE SOUTH. THIS WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION FOR FORT BEND COUNTY. JUST LIKE WHAT WE SEE HER IN HARRIS COUNTY. HERE IS THE OTHER PLACE ON CONCERNED ABOUT FOR LATER ON TODAY. GALVESTON ISLAND SAW SEVERAL INCHES OF RAIN FROM THE SYSTEM ABOUT A DAY OR SO AGO. NOW WE ARE SEEING TRAINING THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE ISLAND AND WE HAVE THE LINE OF STORMS TO THE NORTH THAT IS YET TO COME THROUGH THERE’S A LINE THAT EXTENDS TOWARDS THE COLUMBUS AREA RIGHT NOW. AS WE LOOK AT THE ENTIRE AREA THINGS ARE QUIET NOW IN CONROE BUT IT WILL TAKE A WHILE FOR THE WATER TO DRAIN. THINGS HAVE BEEN QUIET FOR MOST OF THE MORNING THERE IN HUNTSVILLE, COLLEGE STATION NO PROBLEMS THERE. SAME THING IN LIVINGSTON. SOUTH OF LIVINGSTON INTO THE CLEVELAND AREA OF HIGHWAY 59 THAT ENTIRE AREA IS FLOODED AND ROADS ARE UNDERWATER AND THAT IS CAUSING MAJOR PROBLEMS. A QUICK LOOK AT THE LIGHTNING TRACKER SHOWS ANYTIME WE HAVE LIGHTING THIS INTENSE AND HAVE EXTREMELY HIGH RENTAL RATES OF TWO INCHES OR MORE PER HOUR WE HAVE SEEN OBSERVED RAINFALL RATES UP TO FIVE. AT ANY ONE GIVEN TIME THE RAIN IS COMING DOWN UP TO SIX INCHES AN HOUR AND SOME OF THESE THUNDERSTORM CELLS. THAT’S WHY WE SEE ALL THE PROBLEMS. AM ALSO LOOKING AT THIS TO SHOW YOU HOW IT’S BEGINNING TO PICK UP ON GALVESTON ISLAND AND THE RAIN OVER SOUTHWESTERN PARTS OF HARRIS COUNTY INTO FORT BEND COUNTY. IT IS BEGINNING TO PICK UP AS WELL. HERE IS THE MONEY MAP EVERYBODY WANTS TO SEE. WHEN THIS IS ALL GOING TO BE OVER CUTICLE AS WE GO THROUGH THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS IT WILL STILL BE POUNDING PARTS OF HOUSTON, ESPECIALLY THE SOUTH SIDE AND IT WILL START TO MAKE IT INTO PARTS OF FORT BEND COUNTY. STILL OTHER SOUTHERN PARTS OF LIBERTY COUNTY AND COVERING PARTS OF CHAMBERS COUNTY. AFTER THAT GETTING TOWARD 2:00 LOOK AT THIS. THERE IS ALSO MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN OVER THE SOUTH SIDE OF HOUSTON, SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 10. THE HEAVIEST RAIN BY 2 PM ACCORDING TO THIS PARTICULAR COMPUTER MODEL IS GOING TO EXTEND FROM AROUND WHARTON OVER TOWARD ANGLETON. THAT BAND OF RAIN THAT JUST DEVELOPED OVER THE INTERSTATE 10 CORRIDOR FROM CANEY TO THE WEST TOWARDS COLUMBUS IS GOING TO SING TO THE SOUTH. BY 2 PM ACCORDING TO THIS MODEL WILL BE LOCATED OVER WHARTON LOCATED INTO NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PARTS OF BRAZORIA COUNTY. WORKING ITS WAY TO THE SOUTH. GALVESTON WILL STILL BE GETTING RAIN AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME. THINGS WILL START TO WIND DOWN AS WE GET INTO THE EVENING RUSH HOUR. FOR HOUSTON. WE WILL STILL HAVE SOME THUNDERSTORMS THERE. PROBABLY NOT AS INTENSE AS WHAT WE ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW. STILL COVERING PARTS OF BRAZORIA AND MATAGORDA COUNTIES. BY 8:00 OR 9:00 TONIGHT THINGS SHOULD BEGIN TO WIND DOWN. RIGHT NOW THINGS ARE AWFUL OUT THERE. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO TRAVEL. I TELL YOU WHAT, THIS IS A TREMENDOUS SITUATION WE ARE DEALING WITH. >>EVERY TIME YOU REMIND US A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY IS VERY DIFFERENT EVEN FROM WHAT WE USUALLY HERE. THAT HAS PRIMARILY TO DO WITH THE LEVEL OF DANGER. IS THAT IT? >>THAT IS REALLY IT. TYPICALLY WHEN WE ISSUE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES PEOPLE CAN GET CAUGHT IN SITUATIONS THEY JUST CAN’T GET OUT OF NO MATTER HOW HARD THEY TRY. YOU JUST DON’T WANT TO DO ANYTHING TO PUT YOURSELF INTO THIS SITUATION UNNECESSARILY. IF YOU’RE SOMEPLACE THAT IS NOT FLOODED DON’T WANT TO VENTURE OUT INTO THIS RAIN. THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS. MOST PEOPLE, THINK OF THE PERCENTAGES, OVER 75%, MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT I FLOODS DIANE FLOODS DRIVING AROUND AND ABOUT. WHERE TELLING YOU TO STAY OFF THE ROADS. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY SITUATION. MOST OF THE FATALITIES FROM FLOODING HAPPEN IN FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES. YOU JUST DON’T WANT TO BE OUT THIS MORNING OR THIS AFTERNOON. >>GREAT ADVICE. THANK YOU. WE APPRECIATE IT. A WORD OF WARNING FROM RICE UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS. THEY SAY THE CLASSES WHICH ARE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW ON CAMPUS WILL CONTINUE, BUT IF YOU HAVE CLASSES LATER THIS AFTERNOON DO NOT DRIVE TO CAMPUS. THEY ARE ASKING ALL STUDENTS TO STAY OFF THE ROADS AND DO NOT DRIVE THE CLASSES. THEY WILL CONTINUE WITH CLASSES WHICH ARE CURRENTLY HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. THERE IS NO NEED TO ATTEND CLASSES LATER TODAY. >>THEY WILL MAKE ACCOMMODATIONS. IF YOU ARE MISSING SOMETHING TODAY DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT. YOU AND YOUR PROFESSOR WILL BE ABLE TO WORK IT OUT. WANT TO HEAD BACK TO WHEN HE. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE BECAUSE IT WAS IT, HIT SO HARD OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS. COURTNEY FISCHER WAS THERE EARLIER. WE WILL CATCH UP WITH STEVE CAMPION RIGHT NOW. WE CAN SEE IT IS SO COMING DOWN THERE.>>THE RAIN IS STILL COMING DOWN. IT’S JUST PICKED UP WITHIN THE LAST 10 TO 15 MINUTES. WE HAVE STILL BEEN ON AN ISLAND OF SORTS AT THIS GAS STATION WHERE SO MANY PEOPLE ARE TAKING SHELTER. THIS IS A LIVE PICTURE OF 124. WE TALKED ABOUT HEEDING THE WARNING ABOUT STAYING OFF THE ROADWAYS. I WILL TELL YOU, FROM WHAT WE ARE SEEING HERE ON THE GROUND A LOT OF DRIVERS ARE NOW VENTURING OUT AND HAVE BEEN TRYING TO MAKE THEIR WAY THROUGH SOME OF THESE FLOODED ROADWAYS. THAT IS THE UNFORTUNATE NEWS. IF YOU LOOK IN THE DISTANCE YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE ARE WADING THROUGH THIS WATER. IN THIS CASE IT’S ANKLE-DEEP. IN SOME CASES IT GOES UP TO THE NEEDS. AND EVEN DEEPER. THIS IS STILL A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHEN HE. AS YOU LOOK LIVE YOU CAN SEE THE RAIN IS STILL FALLING OUT HERE. I WANT TO GO OVER HERE, BECAUSE EARLIER TODAY WE SAW SOME IMAGES COMING OUT OF A HOSPITAL IN THE AREA, RICE AND MEDICAL GROUP. ONE OF THE GUYS WITH DEMONSTRATION IS HERE. I’M GOING TO BOTHER HIM FOR A SECOND. THAT GIVE US AN UPDATE ON YOUR HOSPITAL. WE SAW THOSE IMAGES EARLIER OF WATER ENDING UP IN THE HOSPITAL. WHAT HAPPENED THIS MORNING?>>IT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT. ACTUALLY EARLY THIS MORNING. THREE MAC TO FOUR INCHES OF WATER. WE HAVE HAD TO EVACUATE WE HAD SOME PATIENTS, THREE OR FOUR, THAT WE COULD. THE REST OF THEM ARE BEING EVACUATED AS WE SEE FIT. IN THE MEANTIME, THE OUR IS OPEN. WE ARE THE COMMUNITY AND WE ARE PART OF IT>>IS THE HOSPITAL STILL OPERATING AT THIS POINT? >>YES OR. WE HAVE PEOPLE HELPING US>>Reporter: WE HAVE BEEN ASKING ABOUT THIS ALL MORNING BUT WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS? >>IT’S VERY HUMBLING. MOTHER NATURE IS STRONGER THAN US. >>YOUR CAR TO WATER. >>’S CAR DROVE ME HERE. >>AND, HE MADE ALL THE WAY TO BEAUMONT. >>HOW MANY FEET WAS THAT QUICK >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>SHOW YOU SOME LIVE PICTURES HERE THE RAIN IS STILL FALLING. ANOTHER PRAYER THAT WE HAVE HEARD. THAT WAS SPOKEN WITH HOURS ON THE GROUND. WE ARE LIVE IN CHAMBERS COUNTY >>WE CAN CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THAT. SURE THAT THAT FOLKS ARE JUST WEARY. >>>>AND VERY GO THERE IS TRAFFIC. DON’T TRY TO GET OUT OF THE ROADWAYS SO MANY INVESTIGATORS ARE BACKED UP THAT IS COMING FROM THE CREEK. IT RUSTIN SO QUICKLY. >>YES. BELIEVE IT OR NOT THIS IS LITTLE CANEY CREEK IS HARD TO BELIEVE. WE HAVE HAD ABOUT SIX INCHES OF IMPROVEMENT. AND THAT IS REALLY SOMETHING TO DEAL WITH. MOST PEOPLE ARE STILL HERE. THERE’S A LOT OF CARS THAT GOT INUNDATED BUT YOU KNOW THEY LIVE VERY CLOSE TO HOME. AND THEY STARTED TO HEAR THE RAIN. AND, AND WE HAVE TO EVACUATE THE HOUSE. AND, THEY BRAVED ALL THIS WATER. I MADE IT TO THE END OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND TO GET THEIR ANIMALS TO SAFETY. AND WHY ARE SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE WHO DECIDED TO STAY. AND, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO LEAVE THE HOUSES. IN THE FORCE OF THIS THING WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. YOU SEE THE COMMENTS CREATE STEPS HERE. AND, THAT LEADS TO THE BACK DOOR OF THE MOBILE HOME. THAT WAS JUST PUSHED OVER LIKE IT’S NOTHING. AND IF YOU COME OVER HERE, YOU CAN SEE A SET OF STEPS THAT GO INTO NOTHING. AND, IT IS NOW LOW ENOUGH FOR PEOPLE TO START BRAVING THAT. BUT THERE IS DEBRIS ALL OVER THE PLACE. AND ANYWHERE IN HOUSTON. YOU’RE GOING TO SEE DEBRIS START TO POP UP AT YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW IT WAS THERE AS THIS GUY MAKES THIS TIME. BUT HE DIDN’T REALIZE’S BARBECUE PIT WAS SITTING HERE MIDDLE-OF-THE-ROAD. THE WATER LEVEL HAS GONE DOWN. AND IT’S JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS. THERE’S A BARREL OVER THERE. IT ONLY BECAME VISIBLE IN THE LAST HALF HOUR. IN THE WHITE MOBILE HOME CAN SEE THE SKIRTING IS ALL GONE. ALL OF IT WAS PUSHED AWAY BY THE FORCE OF THE WATER THAT’S AS FAR AS THE CREEK IS GOING TO GET. BUT IT IS A VERY FAST-MOVING STORM. AND, DEVELOPMENT OF RAIN. LESS THAN AN HOUR. IMAGINE THAT. AND IN CONROE. SAID THAT THERE WAS HIGH WATER UNDER 45. AND THEY STARTED TO GO AROUND AND THEN, THIS WALL OF WATER THAT STARTED COMING DOWN WHAT WOULD’VE BEEN A CREEK DRAINAGE DITCH. STARTED PUSHING THEIR VEHICLES ACROSS THE ROADWAY. THEY WERE PANICKING AND INCREDIBLY A FEW HOURS LATER, THE WATER HAD GONE DOWN. EVERYTHING THEY HAD WAS RUINED NOBODY COULD GET AROUND FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS. THINGS ARE STARTING TO IMPROVE. THIS IS THE TRINITY PARK SUBDIVISION. I’M TOLD ANOTHER SUBDIVISION NOT TOO FAR FROM HERE LOOKS THE SAME. AGAIN YOU KNOW JUST LOOK AT THIS PLACE. THEY START TO HUNKER DOWN FOR THE NIGHT. THERE ARE THE TRASH CANS RIGHT THERE. AGAIN, THE STAIRWELL OF THAT MOBILE HOME AT THE VERY END. SO A LOT OF DEBRIS A LOT OF CLEANUP HAS TO BE DONE. FOLKS WHO LIVE HEARSAY AND THEY GET HEAVY RAIN A CAN HAPPEN BUT THE SPEED AT WHICH IT HAPPENED, EVERYBODY OFF GUARD. INCREDIBLE AMOUNTS OF WATER. >>THANK YOU FOR THE IMPORTANT REMINDER PEOPLE DO HAVE THE URGE TO GET OUT TO WALK IN THE WATER WE FORGET ALL THOSE THINGS THAT ARE WORKING UNDERNEATH. AND WE’RE JUST TALK ABOUT DEBRIS BUT THERE ARE SNAKES, FIRE AND ALL THOSE THINGS THAT WE ALWAYS ENCOUNTERED DURING HIGH WATER LIKE THIS. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>I THINK IT’S A PERFECT DEFINITION OF WHAT A FLASH FLOOD IS BECAUSE THEY WERE JUST SO UNAWARE IT WAS DRY AND AN HOUR LATER THEY HAD SEVERAL FEET RUSHING THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD. >>>AS THAT STORM JUST PARKED IN DUMPING. >>AND THEY ARE JUST FEARFUL OF IT WITH THE CREEKS CONTINUE TO RISE BECAUSE HE TALKED ABOUT CANDY CREEK PEACH CREEK AND OF COURSE IT’S OVER ITS BANKS BY 10 FEET IN FACT. >>AND AND THAT’S WHERE TED IS RIGHT NOW. TALK ABOUT ISSUES NEVER MIND. THAT’S THE DRIVEWAY OF A WALMART THIS IS THE GAS STATION THAT WERE USED TO RECORD AS OF A MILE DOWN HERE. THIS IS THE FEEDER ROAD. AND I DON’T WANT TO SPOIL THE SURPRISE BUT LET’S JUST PUT THE OVER UNDER AT THREE HOURS AND LET’S ASSESS PERSON HOW LONG THEY HAVE BEEN HERE. TELLING THE BEEN SITTING HERE? >>AT LEAST 45 MINUTES. >>THAT FEDEX TRUCK IS 3.5 HOURS. >>WE’RE GOING TO START CHECKING . >>WE ARE RESCUING OUR EMPLOYEE. >>SHE GOT STUCK. IN WHAT HAPPENED? >>MY WASN’T GOING TO DRIVE MY CAR IN THE WATER SO I HAD MY BOSS COME GET ME. >>THERE ARE OTHER BOSSES WHO AREN’T AS GOOD. GOOD LUCK GUYS. >>THEY WANT TO WALK UP HERE AND YOU WILL SEE AS WE GO JUST HOW QUICKLY THIS WATER IS MOVING. IT’S DOING A GREAT JOB TRYING TO KEEP THE CAMERA STEADY AND NO ALLIGATORS JET BUT IF YOU SEALINGLY LET ME KNOW? >>AND WE WON’T SEE ANY ALLIGATORS TODAY. TAMMY TIMES YOU BEEN HERE? >>TWO HOURS AND 30 MINUTES. 59 IS OPEN. ONE LANE GOING SOUTHBOUND. WE ARE JUST OFF OF THE EAST FREEWAY THIS IS THE SOUTHBOUND LANE ONE LANE IS OPEN DUE TO THE HIGH WATER BUT HERE ON THE FEEDER ROAD NONE OF THEM CAN GET BY. AND AS WE GET AROUND THAT FEDEX TRUCK, YOU’LL SEE WHY BECAUSE AS YOU GET UP CLOSER TO THE CREEK, THE WATER GETS THREE OR FOUR FEET DEEP, NOBODY IS GETTING BY. AND LET ME TALK TO MY FRIEND AARON. HE HAS TO GET OFF THE PHONE HOLD ON SECOND DID YOU NOT WATCH THE FORECAST YOU DIDN’T SEE THIS HAPPENING? >>YOU COULD AWARD ME. >>>>AND, THEY HAD TO COME TO WORK TODAY. JUSTIN LAST MINUTE AND A HALF OR SO THIS HAS STOPPED IT IS NOT EASY-GOING. >>WE STARTED OUR DAY HERE. AND, THERE’S NO WAY TO GET THAT FROM ONE SIDE TO MONTGOMERY COUNTER THIS IS JUST FROM CONROE TO 59 THAT’S THE KIND OF STUFF THAT’S FLOATING HERE. IT’S NOT EASY-GOING. YOUR HOME, STAY HOME AND IF YOU WANT TO JOIN YOUR FRIENDS STUCK IN TRAFFIC COME OUT. OTHERWISE, DON’T BOTHER YOU AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE. A LOT OF THESE CARS HAVE NO PEOPLE IN THEM. BUT NONETHELESS NOTHING IS MOVING QUICKLY IT’S UNBELIEVABLE . >>IT IS JUST AMAZING. >>YOU LOOK AT THOSE VEHICLES AND LIKE THAT ONE GUY WHO STUDIES BEEN THERE FOR MORE THAN FOUR HOURS. BUT I MEAN MAYBE WE 11 TODAY. >>AND HE IS THE WINNER BUT THEY JUST LEFT THEIR CARS? >>THAT McDONALD IS OPEN. AND, THEY COULD GET INSIDE THE WALMART. MAYBE CHARGE THEIR PHONES TO CALL EVERYONE BUT FOR HOURS ON THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY IS AN AWFULLY LONG TIME WITHOUT ANY UNNECESSARY INSIGHT. WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT HOW FAST THIS HAPPEN YOU HAVE TO IMAGINE ALL THESE PEOPLE HEADING SOMEWHERE EITHER TO WORK OR WHEREVER ELSE AND CERTAINLY NOT ANTICIPATING THIS. BUT ALMOST AROUND EVERY TURN, YOU KNOW YOU CAN GO MILE AND A NEW HIGH WATER AND YOU FIND A WAY AROUND THAT, IT IS IN THIS PART OF HARRIS MONTGOMERY COUNTY IT’S TOUGH GOING. >>AND YOU HAVE TO IMAGINE AT LEAST SOME OF THOSE ABANDONED VEHICLES JUST KIND OF PANICKED IN THE WATER ROSE SO QUICKLY. AND YOU CAN CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND FEELING THAT SENSE OF PANIC. DOLLARS YOU ARE, WE ARE REALLY GETTING A SENSE, OF HOW HIGH THAT WATER IS. >>THE WATER HERE AT THIS POINT DEFINITELY DEEPER THAN WHERE IT WAS. AND THEY SAY THAT THE ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF THAT’S NOW ON THE MOVE HE’S BEEN HERE FOR 3.5 OR FOUR HOURS. HE SAYS IT GETS TO BE SIGNIFICANTLY DEEPER UP THE WAY. I DON’T FEEL TALK TO US BUT IS TRYING TO GET SOMEWHERE THIS MORNING AND HE TURNED AROUND. WE ARE LIVE UNTIL 13. JUST WANTED TO ASK, DO YOU THINK IT’S GETTING ANY BETTER? >>IT’S BEEN ABOUT THE SAME SINCE 8 AM. IT’S GONE UP IT’S GONE DOWN YOU KNOW IT JUST THIS CONTINUING RAIN IT REALLY LITTLE CHANGE. THE MAC TELL US WHAT’S ON YOUR POINT. HOW IS YOUR BOARD LOOKING IS IT ANY CLEARER? >>NO, IT’S JUST GETTING WORSE. >>MY MEETING SO MANY PEOPLE ARE SUPPLIED SURPRISED BY THIS I’M NOT SURE. IT KIND OF TOOK US ALL BY SURPRISE. WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE STORM SINCE ITS INCEPTION AND WE’VE HAD PLANNING LOCALIZED IN ACROSS THE STATE FOR SEVERAL DAYS. THE SUDDEN OFFSET TOOK US ALL BY SURPRISE. >>SO, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING AREA WHAT YOU SAY? IN HOME. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. THE MAXIMUM THESE CARS ARE STARTING TO MOVE. YOU CAN SEE HOW DEEP IT IS AS THEY GO. I WOULDN’T RECOMMEND IT. EVEN IF YOU HAVE A GREAT BIG PICKUP IT’S NOT A GREAT IDEA TO CONTEST THIS. YOU’RE JUST OUT HELPING PEOPLE WE ARE LIVE ON CHANNEL 13. THE MAC WEARS HER CAR? >>MINES APPEAR ON THE OTHER SIDE. >>AND WEARS HER HOME? >>IS IT OKAY? >>AS FAR AS I KNOW. >>WHAT BROUGHT YOU HAVE? >>CAME TO WALMART TO GET SOME SUPPLIES >>DID YOU THINK ABOUT COMING YESTERDAY? >>I DIDN’T THINK IT WAS GONNA BE LIKE THIS. >>HOW QUICKLY DID IT COME UP? >>IT WAS FAST >>WITHIN THREE HOURS. EVERYTHING WAS A DISASTER. THERE’S PEOPLE THERE THAT WERE STRANDED. >>HAS HER HOME? >>RIGHT NOW, IT’S COMPLETELY FLOODED. BUT I LIVE IN A TENT. >>6 AM THIS MORNING. >>DID YOU HAVE ANY WARNING >>NO. I JUST WOKEN UP I GOT MY DOG OUT AND THEN I CAME OVER HERE AND I STARTED LETTING PEOPLE KNOW YOU KNOW IT IS TOO LATE. AND THEN I STARTED SEEING WATER COMING UP. >>I’M GLAD THAT YOU’RE OKAY. >>YOU GUYS HAVE A GREAT SENSE OF WHAT LIKE RIGHT HERE. IT JUST CONTINUES TO GET BAD DONE THAT WAY AS WELL. THAT’S WHAT THESE GUYS ARE HEARING SO WE’LL WORK OUR WAY DOWN IT IS SLOW GOING IF YOU HAVE POWER AND YOU’RE COMFORTABLE WHERE YOU ARE THERE’S NO SENSE IN JOINING CROWDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE STUCK ON THE HOUSTON HIGHWAYS. >>DON’T BE LIKE DARIAN AND NOT PAY ATTENTION. >>IT REALLY DOES MATTER SO MUCH AS A ABLE TO FOLLOW THIS. THANK YOU FOR BEING OF A TALK TO ALL OF THOSE FOLKS. >>AND ALL OF THIS BY THE WAY. HE’S GOING TO BE GOING THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. HE JUST TRYING TO GET OUT OF THIS MESS AND AS HE’S BEEN TALKING IT’S REAL FORCE. THE CURRENT OF THAT IS BECAUSE OF THE OVERFLOW OF THE CREEK WHICH IS SEVERAL FEET OVER THE BANKS. AND, THERE IS NO ROOM FOR IT TO GO >>WE JUST WANT TO SAY THIS FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY THAT’S HEADING SOUTHEAST TEXAS WE TALKED TO MAKE IT HAPPEN JUST A FEW MOMENTS AGO. THIS IS JUST A POST OFFICE FACILITY LAST TECH COPY PEOPLE ARE BEING TREATED BUT FOR MINOR INJURIES. THE SUN EVIDENCE COME DURING THE LIVE SHOT AND TURN AROUND AND LEAVE. >>BOTH OF THESE CREEKS SEVERAL FEET ABOVE FLOOD STAGE THEY ARE OVERFLOWING THEIR BANKS. AND WHERE TO OVER GOES THAT REPORTING OF MRS. KATIE CREEK. THIS IS THE EAST FORK IT’S WELL OVER ITS BANK AT 10 OR 11 FEET. AND SEVERAL HOMES IN THIS AREA HAVE BEEN FLOODED. >>35,000 CENTERPOINT CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER METRO HAS SHUT DOWN ALL RELEVANT BUS SERVICE UNTIL THE STORM PASSES BOTH OF THESE AIRPORTS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GROUNDS THAT THAT HAS EXISTED FOR THAT AND AND THAT WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY OUT. AND GOING TO BE FLYING OUT. THAT’S WHERE THE GROUND STOP IS. AND EVEN WHEN YOU’RE ON THE TARMAC. >>CANCELING CLASSES FOR TOMORROW REALLY IN THE THICK OF IT. >>AND THAT’S AT 1 PM. HE’S SAYING YOU KNOW WE ARE LOOKING AT 44,000 HOMES WITHOUT POWER WE SHOULD REMIND YOU IF YOU LOSE POWER, YOU HAVE THAT MAGICAL INSTRUMENT IN YOUR HAND. GOATS ARE NEWS AT. AND WE ARE KEEPING UP TO DATE. >>YOU WANT TO SEE THIS. THOSE OF YOU COMPARING SOME OF THIS TO HARVEY. IT’S STILL A WAYS OUT. AND WE DON’T WANT TO DO THAT AGAIN. AND THIS IS THE SEVENTH WETTEST TROPICAL CYCLONE IN THE UNITED STATES HISTORY. IN THE UNITED STATES. THE FIRST ONE IS HARVEY SUTTON 2760. 1979 CLAUDETTE HAS USE THAT. IT IS STILL THE 24 HOUR RECORD IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS HARDLY A TROPICAL STORM JUST A FEW DAYS AGO. AND THAT’S WITHIN A 12 TO 48 HOUR PERIOD AND NOW SINCE THREE OF THOSE TOP SEVEN. >>THREE IN THE HOUSTON AREA >>READING BACKFIRING GOING THROUGH AND I THINK OUR PROXIMITY FROM MEXICO AND SEEING THESE LARGE SYSTEMS COMING FOR YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A NAMED STORM AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A HURRICANE. >>THAT’S WE GET MOST OF THE DAMAGE AND EARLIER THEY SAID YOU KNOW THERE’S NO OTHER CITY IN THE ENTIRE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES THAT RECEIVES THIS AMOUNT OF RAIN AND IT’S A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. >>RIGHT. BUT AT THIS POINT, PEOPLE JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW SOON IT’S GOING TO BLOW THROUGH. >>AND IT’S A GOOD QUESTION FOR HOUSTON WE ARE SEEING THE INTENSITIES COME DOWN. THIS IS THROUGH 3 PM. BUT NOW, THIS IS AN AREA TO WATCH. AND IT’S GOING TO BE HERE TAKING A LOOK. AND I’M SURE HE CAN WEIGH IN ON THAT HISTORY. >>NUMBER SEVEN. >>WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? >>THIS IS A TROPICAL STORM. AND ONE OF THE FEEDER BANDS OVER 1979 AND PRODUCED A RECORD 42 INCHES OF RAIN IN A 24-HOUR PERIOD THAT IS DURING THAT PARTICULAR STATION SO THIS ISN’T NEW TO THAT. AND YOU HEARD ABOUT THAT A WHILE AGO. THOSE FLOODS BEGAN TO HAVE BAD DRAINAGE. THAT MAY BE THE GOOD REASON YOU KNOW WE GET THOSE GO TO ATLANTA TO ANY OF THESE OTHER CITIES AND ALMOST NEVER SEE A TENANTS RAINFALL THAT OCCURS IN THREE HOURS LIKE YOU GETTING ON THE REGULAR. I’LL NEVER FORGET THAT ONE TIME THIS IS A NONTROPICAL SYSTEM HAD A 20% CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE FORECAST ONE THUNDERSTORM POPPED UP OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF HARRIS COUNTY AND IT DROPPED SIX INCHES OF RAIN IN OUR. GO TO THE OTHER SIDE OF HARRIS COUNTY AND THE SUN IS OUT. SO WE GET WICKED RAIN WE ARE GETTING THAT SITUATION AND IT’S CAUSING VERY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS. HERE IS CYPRESS CREEK. AND IT IS AT 78.42. MAJOR FLOOD STAGE COMING UP TONIGHT. THE LATEST FORECAST THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS THAT IT WILL CREST TONIGHT AT ABOUT 86.3 FEET. AND THEY THINK BECAUSE THE RAIN IS GOING TO STOP. BUT, AND 86.3 CREST ON THE CYPRESS CREEK AS POSSIBLE AS WE GET INTO TONIGHT. LET’S GO TO THE NEXT ONE HERE. THE LATEST STAGE RIGHT NOW. IT’S MAKING IT INTO MODERATE FLOOD STAGE. MAJOR FLOOD STAGES 59. THEY ARE THERE INTO TONIGHT. IF YOU LIVE NEAR THE GREENS BAYOU, AND YOU TYPICALLY HAVE FLOODING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, WHEN THAT COMES UP TO MAJOR FLOOD STAGE, YOU MAY NOT WANT TO BE THERE WHEN THAT CREST. AND, THIS IS NEAR THE LATEST FLOOD STAGE. INTO MODERATE. THAT 48.3 FEET. I THOUGHT WAS TO GO INTO MAJOR FLOOD STAGE HERE AT 53.6 FEET. THIS IS NEAR THE RIVER AT HUMBLE. WHAT I WANT TO DO IS DEBUT SOMETHING THAT I’VE NEVER SHOWN YOU HERE THIS IS A NEW TOOL THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW AND WE CALL IT INUNDATION MAPPING IF THE WEST FORK OF THAT DOES WORK COMING UP FOR TONIGHT, HERE ARE THE NEIGHBORHOODS. THIS IS HIGHWAY 69. LET ME ZOOM IN HERE. THIS IS EXPECTING IT TO BE IF THAT WATER DOES COME UP LIKE THAT. THIS IS RATED RIVERSIDE. THIS IS LAKESHORE DRIVE. AND LAKELAND DRIVE AND ANYWHERE IN BETWEEN COULD GO UNDERWATER WHEN THAT OCCURRED LATER ON TONIGHT. THERE’S ANOTHER COUPLE OF ROADS. IN GENERAL BAKER ROAD AND TO THE NORTH OF THEIR ALL THOSE AREAS COULD BE INUNDATED BY FLOODWATERS COMING UP FOR TONIGHT. A LITTLE FURTHER TO THE LAST WE HAVE HIGHWAY 69 ONCE AGAIN, HERE’S THE FREEWAY A LAKESIDE LANE AND TO THE SOUTH OF THERE. NORTH HOUSTON AVENUE. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT A MOMENT AGO. THAT COULD TAKE ON WATER TYPICALLY OVER WAS CENTRAL COMES UP MANY TIMES. AND THAT CAN HAPPEN TONIGHT WHEN WE BEGIN TO GET THAT TO THE CREST. IT IS ON McCLELLAN ROAD. AND, SOUTH OF McCLELLAN CIRCLE THAT’S WHERE THIS PARTICULAR RIVER COULD COME OUT OF ITS BANKS LATER ON TONIGHT AND CAUSE FLOODING ISSUES. SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE THIS. IT’S VERY HELPFUL AND SHOWING US THESE LATER ON TONIGHT. THIS HAS FALLEN FROM CONROE THROUGH LIBERTY COUNTY. AND NORTHERN PARTS OF CHAMBERS COUNTY AND UP TOWARDS BEAUMONT IN THE LAST 12 HOURS. ANYWHERE FROM 12 TO AS MUCH AS 22 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN IN THIS AREA LAST 12 HOURS. OVER THE LAST 18 OR SO SOME PLACES HAVE GONE OVER 25 TO 30 INCHES OF RAIN. SO IT’S REALLY DOWN AROUND THE AREA SO WE HAVE JUST A TREMENDOUS RAINFALL FROM THE SYSTEM. TO THE SOUTH AND WEST. THIS STRETCHES OUT TOWARDS THAT AREA THIS CONTINUES TO FALL. WE CAN LOOK AT ALL THE WARNINGS THAT ARE IN PLACE THIS IS A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT AROUND THE AREA DOWN TOWARDS SUGARLAND. ALL THE WAY OUT TOWARDS MONTGOMERY COUNTY UNDER A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY WHAT RIGHT NOW. THEY JUST HANDED THIS TO ME NEAR SHEPPARD IS IMPASSABLE A CAR IS REVERSING TO AVOID THE FLOODWATERS. SO MEMORIAL DRIVE IS IMPOSSIBLE THAT IS OCCURRING. >>AND I REPORTER SHE POSTED A PICTURE THAT IS RIGHT AT NEAR MEMORIAL NEAR THE WEST LOOP AND IF YOU LOOK INTO THAT PICTURE UNDERWATER DOWNWARD DISSENT. UNDER THAT RAMP AREA. >>YES. IT’S ONE OF THOSE TROUBLE AREAS. THERE’S ALSO AN UNDERPASS THAT WILL SHUT DOWN AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STUCK IN THEIR AT SHEPPARD AND MEMORIAL. >>THIS IS THE REASON FOR THE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY. >>THE WATERS A LOT DEEPER THAN YOU KNOW. AND YOU CAN INSTANTLY PUT YOURSELF IN THE LABOR DEBT SITUATION YOU CAN’T GET OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE WANT TO SHOW YOU THIS LITTLE BIT WHILE AGO THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THAT THEY SAW WELL OVER A FOOT CLOSING IN ON TWO FEET OF RAIN AND THE RAIN IS STILL COMING DOWN THINGS HAVE GOTTEN BETTER IN CONROE UP TOWARDS COLDSPRING THEY HAVE IMPROVED BUT IT’S STILL POURING IN IT LOOKS LIKE THE WORST OF THE RAIN IS GOING TO START TO PULL TO THE EAST BUT RIGHT NOW IT IS STILL COMING DOWN. FROM DOWNTOWN HOUSTON WE ARE SEEING TREMENDOUS RAINS OCCURRING SOUTHWINDS FEE RATE OUT TO SUGARLAND ALL THE WAY TO ROSENBERG. WE ARE SEEING TREMENDOUS HEAVY RAIN. ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 4 INCHES IN OUR THE LINE IS MOVING TO THE SOUTH BUT BECAUSE WE HAVE THIS MOISTURE FEEDING INTO IT FROM THE SOUTH THAT’S WHY IT’S MAINTAINING ITS INTENSITY THESE NEW THUNDERSTORMS THAT ARE DEVELOPING EASTERN PARTS OF MORGAN COUNTY ACROSS THAT AND INTERSECTING THIS LINE IN EVERY TIME ONE OF THOSE CELLS INTERSECTS THAT LINE WAS INTERNET YOU GET AN INCREASE IN RAINFALL RATE YOU GET THOSE HIGH RAINFALL RATES ABOUT TWO INCHES IN OUR UP TOWARDS FOUR INCHES AN HOUR GOING TO OVERWHELM THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM IT’S GOING TO FILL THEM UP WITH WATER IF THERE’S ANY LOW SPOTS GOING TO PUT YOURSELF IN TROUBLE AND THAT IS THE REASON FOR THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING AND IT’S IN EFFECT AROUND HOUSTON. FURTHER TO THE SOUTH, THE ENTIRE GALVESTON COUNTY IS SEEING AN INCREASE IN THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY THE ALIGNED TO THE NORTH THAT’S THE COME TO THE SOUTH TOWARDS THIS REGION WITH THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING RIGHT OVER IT AND THEN WE HAVE THESE ALONG THE ISLAND WHICH APPEAR TO BE FEEDING INTO THE LINE. SO FOR SEVERAL MORE HOURS IT MAY NOT BE UNTIL LATER ON THIS AFTERNOON THAT THINGS BEGIN TO IMPROVE WITH THIS LINE SLOWLY MOVING TO THE SOUTH. HIS QUICK LOOK AT THE FUTURE TRACK IT’S A LOT OF HARD FOR THE COMPUTER MODELS TO KEEP UP WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING BUT THIS PARTICULAR SYSTEM BUT WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENED IT SAYS BETWEEN NOW AND 2 PM IT’S THE GOING TO BE EXTREMELY HEAVY RAIN OVER THE HOUSTON AREA TO THE SOUTH ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW THIS IS CLOSING IN IT’S GOING TO BE OVER THE WARDEN AND ANGLETON AREA BY 4 PM, THERE COULD STILL BE RAIN OVER DOWNTOWN THE HEAVIEST OF THE SOUTH OF HOUSTON WARDEN AND CLOSING IN OVER TOWARDS GALVESTON AND IT WILL BE UNTIL LATER ON THIS EVENING. BY 6 PM THAT THE INTENSITY OF THIS RAIN REALLY BEGINS TO COME DOWN AND FINALLY MOVE OFF INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO. SO IF YOU LIVE HERE IN HOUSTON, WHERE ABOUT 15 MINUTES TO 1 PM WE ARE THINKING ANOTHER 2 TO 3 HOURS OR SO EXTREMELY HEAVY RAIN BEFORE IT WAS TO THE SOUTH GALVESTON WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO DO THIS FOR ANOTHER FIVE TO SIX HOURS AND BECAUSE THERE’S SO MUCH WATER AND BECAUSE YOU SAW THE TREMENDOUS RAIN A DAY OR TWO AGO EASILY GOING TO FILL UP THE ROADS. YOU CAN BEST BELIEVE THAT THE STREETS LIKE THIS WILL BE UNDERWATER DUE TO THE RAIN IT’S COMING DOWN AND IT’S POSSIBLE TYPICALLY FLOODING RAIN LIKE THIS THAT SOME OF THE HOMES COULD TAKE ON WATER SO THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. >>WE TALKED ABOUT WHAT THE PROJECTED PATH IS AND WHAT’S GOING TO BE LIKELY TO HAPPEN THIS AFTERNOON BUT WHAT ABOUT TOMORROW? WILL HE BE EXPERIENCING THIS OVERNIGHT? >>WE’VE BEEN CONCENTRATING SO MUCH ON TODAY THAT WE HAVEN’T LOOKED AT TOMORROW BUT I’LL TELL YOU BASED ON WHAT HAVE SEEN OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS THERE WILL STILL BE DEEP TROPICAL MOISTURE IT WILL BE AS MUCH IS WHAT WE ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW BUT THERE WAS STILL BE A LOT OF MOISTURE OVER THE AREA. THAT WILL BEGIN TO MOVE AWAY IT WILL BE IS CONCENTRATED HERE TOMORROW LIKE WE ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW. WE ARE EXPECTING SCATTERED HEAVY DOWNPOUR TO DEVELOP HERE OR THERE AND IF SO SHOULD HAPPEN TO DEVELOP OVER THOSE PLACES WE COULD HAVE ISOLATED AREAS OF FLASH FLOODING INTO TOMORROW AND I DON’T THINK WE WILL BE COMPLETELY DONE WITH US UNTIL WE GET TO ABOUT SATURDAY OR SO. >>AND EVERY TIME WE SEE THE SUN COME OUT THINK IT’S GOOD NEWS BUT YESTERDAY THAT MAY HAVE JUST HEATED IT UP. >>TEMPERATURES MADE INTO THE 90s YESTERDAY BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE SUNSHINE THAT WE WERE SEEING ALL IT DID WAS HEAT UP THE ATMOSPHERE THEN WE HAD A SOUTHWEST WIND THAT BASICALLY JUST TRANSPORTED ALL THE INSTABILITY INTO THE THUNDERSTORMS THAT WERE SITTING OVER BEAUMONT YESTERDAY AND IT JUST MADE IT EXTREMELY EFFICIENT HEAVY RAIN FALL PRODUCERS AND BECAUSE WE SO HOW HAVE ALL THE UNSTABLE AREAS SOUTH OF THE LINE THAT’S WHERE IT IS STILL MAINTAINING ITS INTENSITY AND THAT’S WHERE WE ARE GOING TO MAKE IT ALL THE WAY TO THE COAST. THIS IS TRYING IT’S BEST TO GIVE US AN IDEA OF HOW MUCH ADDITIONAL RAIN IS GOING TO FALL BETWEEN NOW AND 9 PM AND THEN SAYING TO THE SOUTH OF HOUSTON WE CAN SEE ADDITIONAL 45 INCHES OF RAINFALL WITH THE LINE SAGGING TO THE SOUTH IT’S ALSO SAYING OVER HOUSTON PLACES THAT HAVE ROAD GOTTEN UP TO SIX INCHES OF RAIN IT’S CAUSING ALL THIS FLOODING WE COULD SEE ANOTHER TWO OR THREE INCHES OF RAINFALL BEFORE COMES TO AN END. >>WE APPRECIATE THAT REPORT. JUST INCREDIBLE. WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH HERE. AND AS THEY HAVE SAID THE STORM ARE HERE AGAIN THE TOP SEVEN RANGE RENTER FOR THAT AND IT’S NOT OVER. >>WE MIGHT EVEN CLAIM FURTHER. AND HERE WE HAVE THE TOP THREE OR FOUR INCLUDING THE VERY TOP RIGHT HERE SO THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS RIGHT HERE AND UNFORTUNATELY IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE AREA WELCOME BUT >>IT IS A DUBIOUS DISTINCTION. STOMACH WE WANT TO GET BACK OUT TO MIKE SHE IS AT THE SCENE OF THE ROOF COLLAPSED. YOU MAY REMEMBER THIS CLOSING AND THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE NUMBER OF INJURIES. AND DO WE HAVE A BETTER IDEA NOW HOW MANY PEOPLE MAY HAVE BEEN HURT. >>WE DO. WE HEARD FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT THEY SAID THAT THERE WERE THREE PEOPLE WHO WERE INJURED MINOR INJURIES. THIS IS THE POST OFFICE PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER RIGHT OFF OF THE ALL THE VENDOR YOU CAN SEE THE DAMAGE. THE ENTIRE COLLAPSED HERE ON THE PORTION OF THE BUILDING. WE SPOKE TO WOMAN WHO WAS INSIDE WHEN IT HAPPENED AND SHE SAID IT WAS ABOUT 50 FEET AWAY. THIS IS THE AUTOMATION CENTER OF THE PROCESSING PLANT. IT’S USUALLY SOMETHING THAT THEY USED TO SORT THE MAIL. DEBRIS IN THE COLLAPSED ROOF. BUT, LIKE WE SAID, FORTUNATELY, YOU SEE THE DAMAGE AND YOU JUST THINK THAT THE INJURIES COULD’VE BEEN SO MUCH WORSE. FORTUNATELY, THREE PEOPLE WITH MINOR INJURIES, WE DON’T KNOW EXACTLY THEIR INJURIES. WE ARE SEEING A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE OUT HERE. WE SPOKE TO SAID THAT THEY ARE ALL INSIDE. AND THEY SAID THEY KEEP COUNTING THEM TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY’S HERE. YOU CAN SEE THE NUMBER OF THE CARS IN THE PARKING LOT. THERE ARE DOZENS OF PEOPLE IN THE SIDE AT THE TIME THAT THIS HAPPENED. IS AROUND 10 AM. THIS WOMAN TOLD ME IT WAS EXTREMELY SCARY. AND, YOU CAN IMAGINE THE NOISE. AND VERY SCARY SITUATION. THEY LOOK LIKE THEY’RE PARKS RIGHT UP AGAINST US BUILDING. AND THEY WERE ALSO CRUSHED IN THAT COLLAPSE. >>RUN THESE FIGURES BY ME ONCE AGAIN. HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN YOU SAY CRUSHED? >>NO DEATHS. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS THAT THREE PEOPLE HAD JUST MINOR INJURIES. YOU KNOW, BUT WHEN YOU SEE THIS ROOF SPANNING, THIS IS AN AREA THAT THEY USUALLY USE AT NIGHT. AND LUCKILY NOT MORE PEOPLE IN THE AREA. >>YOU LOOK AT THIS DAMAGE AND IT IS, WOW. YOU’RE GRATEFUL THAT MORE PEOPLE WERE NOT INJURED. IT’S JUST TREMENDOUS. AT WHAT TIME DID YOU SAY THIS LIGHTLY OCCURRED? >>THE WOMAN TOLD ME IT HAPPENED AT ABOUT 10 AM. AND SHE SAID SHE WAS ABOUT 50 FEET AWAY WHEN IT HAPPENED AND IT WAS JUST TERRIFYING. FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE, AND DRAMATIC PICTURES AS WELL. IT COULD’VE BEEN SO MANY MORE THAN THREE. >>AND THEY WERE NOT MORE SERIOUSLY INJURED. >>RIGHT NOW, FOLLOWING THE EAST TAX AND ALL THE DIFFICULTIES THEY’RE HAVING UP- AND-DOWN THE EAST FREEWAY. IT’S NOT TOO FAR FROM ONE THAT WAS A LITTLE WHILE AGO. AND, IT’S COMING DOWN HERE. >>AND, THERE’S WATER ON THE INTERSTATE. AND, YOU ARE TAKING A LOOK AT 59 THE SOUTHBOUND. AND, YOU CAN SEE WATER IN SEVERAL LANES THERE. AT ONE POINT, THIS IS THROUGH SPLENDORA. EVERY FAMILY HAD TO FORM A LINE AND GET INTO THE FAR LEFT SHOULDER. THIS IS HOW LITTLE SPACE THERE WAS ON THE INTERSTATE. AND IF YOU LOOK OVER AT THE FEEDER ROAD, THERE’S A STALLED OUT CAR THERE. OVER THE PARKING LOT. WE ARE HIGH WATER GETTING INTO THOSE PARKED CARS. AND WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE WALKING AROUND IN THIS. WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE DRIVING THROUGH THIS IS CEDAR ROAD. AND THERE BEEN SO MANY OF THE STALLED OUT CARS EVERYWHERE THAT WE’VE GONE. THEY STARTED OFF IN SPLENDORA. IT GOT REALLY BAD. AND HE WENT UP TO CLEVELAND. GET BACK TOWARDS HOUSTON. AND WE’VE BEEN IN THE RAIN ALL MORNING LONG. HERE’S A GENTLEMAN HAS BEEN WALKING AROUND. SIR, WHERE YOU COMING FROM? >>HOPPER. >>IT’S FLOODED. >>THE CURRENT IS MAKING IT DIFFICULT I’M TRYING TO GET TO MY MOM. >>SHE IS TWO STREETS DOWN. >>IS GETTING FLOODED. >>WHAT STREET? >>HARDWICK. >>TRYING TO REACH HER. >>AND YOU CAME FROM JUST A COUPLE OF STREETS OVER. AND WHERE YOU ON FOOT? >>OTHER VEHICLE WOULDN’T MAKE IT. HERE I GO. >>RIGHT. >>WE HAVE BEEN SEEING THAT THEY ARE JUST A MESS PRETTY MUCH. >>AND IS HER MOM OKAY? >>THE LAST I TALKED TO HER, A LOT OF IS COMING IN. SHE WAS GETTING HYSTERICAL BY TOLD HER MOM AWAY. SO I’LL HAVE A COUPLE MORE BLOCKS. >>AND LACK. >>THEY ARE WAITING TO THE WATERS AS WELL. AND, THESE ROADS ARE IMPASSABLE. UP-AND-DOWN 59. WE TRIED TO GET OFF AROUND NEW GANEY AND 1485 IT WAS PROBABLY THREE FEET DEEP THERE. AND WE HAD TO BE ON THE FEEDER ROAD REALIZE IT WAS REALLY BAD. AND THEY TRIED TO GO BACK ONTO THE INTERSTATE. AND THEY GOT STUCK IN THE ROAD. SO, THE MAIN MESSAGE HERE, IS DON’T TRY THAT. BECAUSE, THEY ARE IN REALLY BAD CONDITION. IN NUMBER TWO, DON’T DRIVE YOU HAVE TO. BECAUSE IT’S VERY CHAOTIC. WE’VE ALSO SEEN DRIVERS GOING THE WRONG WAY. SO, AT ONE POINT WE RUN 59 HEADING SOUTHBOUND AND THERE WERE SEVERAL DRIVERS IN THE LEFT SHOULDER COMING NORTHBOUND TOWARDS US. >>WELL, WE WEREN’T EVEN SURE WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO TURN AROUND AND AVOID. >>BE CAREFUL OUT THERE. >>AND THEY RAN INTO AN UNDERPASS AND THEY SAID WELL, WE TURN AROUND. AND TRIED TO GET OUT OF THERE. BUT INTERESTING, YOU CAN SHOW THE FEEDER ROAD, THEY TALKED ABOUT THE CURRENT. YOU CAN SEE THE WATER MOVED LIKE A RIVER. >>IT LOOKS LIKE SOMEBODY FELL OVER THERE. >>AND THE WHOLE ROAD IS MOVING LIKE A RIVER. AND YOU SAY, IT IS UP TO THREE FEET. THAT IS A RESULT OF ALL THE CREEKS IN THE BIAS FROM THE OVERFLOW AS WELL AS THOSE FEEDERS ARE BUILT TO BECOME RIVERS DURING STORMS LIKE THIS. >>MEANWHILE, HOUSTON DRIVERS ARE GETTING CREATIVE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO AVOID IT. WE WANT TO HAD NOW. WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS. AND BECAUSE OF ALL THOSE ROADS AROUND A COPY HAVE BEEN INUNDATED WITH WATER. AND OUR CREW WAS ON THEIR WAY OUT THERE. AND THEY CAN’T EVEN GET CLOSE TO THE AIRPORT. WHERE ARE YOU? >>WELL, WE ARE. WE ARE ON THE FEEDER ROAD RIGHT OFF OF JFK. CUSTODY AIRPORT. ABOUT A HALF A MILE FROM THE AIRPORT. BUT YOU CAN SEE, WE AREN’T MOVING, A COMPLETE STANDSTILL. THEY SAY, JFK IS CLOSED. ALONG WITH WILL CLAYTON AND THIS IS WHY IT’S COMPLETELY IMPASSABLE. YOU CAN’T GET TO THAT AIRPORT. AND, WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE WALKING BY WITH THEIR LUGGAGE JUST TRYING TO GO ON FOOT AND YOU CAN SEE THE DIRT HERE ON THE MEDIAN. THAT’S WHY THEY ARE TRYING TO TURN AROUND SOME HAVE BEEN. REALLY JUST DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN. BUT IT IS AT A GROUND STOP. AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR QUITE SOME TIME. THIS IS HOW LONG PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WAITING. AND SOME OF THEM ARE RIGHT UP HERE BUT SHE STILL STUCK HERE IN HOUSTON. >>I KNOW YOU’RE MAKING THE MOST OF IT. THIS MORNING HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN OUT HERE? >>>>We have been traveling or stuck actually for about almost 4 hours. NOT JUST HERE. WE EXITED 59 BECAUSE THAT’S THE WAY THE APTOS TO GO. ONCE WE EXITED IT WAS A RIVER. WE GOT BACK ON AND WE TRY TO NAVIGATE TO TRAFFIC. WE WERE STUCK ON BELTWAY EIGHT FOR ABOUT 40 MINUTES. WE FINALLY EXITED JFK AND IT WAS AT A STANDSTILL GOING TO THE TERMINAL. WE DECIDED TO TRY TO COME AROUND AND HERE WE ARE. >>EVERYONE ELSE DID TOO. OH, MY GOODNESS.>>JUST WAITING, UNINTENTIONAL MOTHER-DAUGHTER BONDING. >>THAT’S GREAT. I’M GLAD YOU HAVE A GREAT SPIRIT ABOUT IT. GLAD YOU ALL ARE DOING OKAY. >>WE ARE FINE. WE ARE JUST WAITING. THERE’S NOTHING ELSE TO DO. YOU CAN’T BE ANGRY. YOU DON’T CONTROL THE WEATHER. EVERYBODY BE SAFE OUT THERE AND DON’T MAKE ANY RASH DECISIONS. >>THAT IS VERY GOOD ADVICE. SAFE TRAVELS TO YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH LADIES. ONE OF THE MANY PEOPLE WAITING HERE TO GET TO THE BIG AIRPORT. BOTH OF THE MAIN ROADS THAT GET INTO THE AIRPORT ARE IMPASSABLE AT THIS TIME. I THINK WE HAVE SHOWED YOU A PICTURE EARLIER OF THE METRO BUS THAT WAS INUNDATED WATERS SURROUNDING IT. ALL OF THE FLIGHTS ARE AT A GROUND STOPPED ANYWAY RIGHT NOW. CERTAINLY TRYING TO DO WHAT THEY CAN, AS SHE JUST MENTIONED WHAT CAN YOU DO? YOU JUST HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT AND MAKE THE MOST OF IT AND HAVE THE BEST ATTITUDE YOU CAN BUT IF YOU ARE IN THE AREA YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO AVOID THE BUSH AIRPORT. IT HAS BEEN A FOUR HOUR ADVENTURE SO FAR TODAY. THEY’RE NOT EVEN AT THE AIRPORT YET. >>THERE IS A LOT OF WAITING BEING DONE THERE. THE BEST THING TO DO IS TURN AROUND AND GET OUT OF THE AREA. IT IS A GROUND STOP, THOUSANDS OF FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED. THEY WILL RESCHEDULE SOME OTHER DAY. THEY WILL NOT PICK ANYONE UP.>>THE OTHER THING IS TO HAVE A GREAT ATTITUDE LIKE THOSE FOLKS. >>THERE’S NOT MUCH YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT.>>LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE SHELTERS AROUND TOWN. CURRENT SHELTER LOCATIONS. HUBBLE FIRST ASSEMBLY GOD CHURCH, THAT IS THAT 1960 BYPASS. THERE ARE A LOT OF AREAS HIT HARD UP THERE. SAINT TIMOTHY LUTHERAN CHURCH ON HARGRAVE ROAD. I THINK THAT’S IT FOR NOW.>>THESE ARE A COUPLE SHELTER LOCATIONS FOR FOLKS WHO HAD TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF SO MUCH WATER IN THAT AREA. BEAUMONT IS ANOTHER AREA EAST OF US THAT HAS REALLY BEEN POUNDED THROUGHOUT ALL OF THIS. THAT IS WHERE WE FIND CHARLIE, SHE IS THERE NOW. CHARLIE, YOUR HEART GOES OUT TO BEAUMONT BECAUSE WE REMEMBER HOW BADLY IT WAS HIT DURING HARVEY AND SEVERAL OTHER STORMS THAT HAVE TURNED EAST FROM HOUSTON. ONCE AGAIN HERE WE ARE. >>Reporter: OH, MY GOODNESS, THIS IS NOT SOMETHING ANYONE AROUND YOU WANTED TO SEE HAPPEN AGAIN AND WE JUST GOT DONE SPEAKING WITH HIS FAMILY, THEY WERE TELLING ME THEY WENT TO HARVEY AND THIS IS SO MUCH WORSE IN THEIR OPINION THAN WHAT THEY SAW HAPPENED DURING HARVEY. WE HAVE THIS FAMILY HERE, THESE KIDS WERE AT GRANDMA’S HOUSE WHICH IS A COUPLE MILES TO THE SOUTH OF WHERE WE ARE STANDING. THIS IS DAD. DAD SAYS THEY LIVE AROUND THE CORNER FROM HERE, THEY WALKED IN THE FLOODWATERS TO GET TO EACH OTHER. AT WHAT POINT DID YOU REALIZE WE HAVE TO GET MOVING AND GET THESE KIDS? >>AS SOON AS WE STEPPED OUT OF THE HOUSE. WE GOT HALF A BLOCK AND WE NOTICED THAT WE HAD TO GET TO THE KIDS BECAUSE THE WATER WAS RISING MORE AND MORE. IN THE HOUSE WE COULD SEE IT RISING AND WE HAD TO GO GET THOSE KIDS. WE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO GET THEM AT ALL BECAUSE IT SEEMED LIKE THE RAIN WOULD NOT STOP. >>YOU ARE WITH ALL OF YOUR SIBLINGS AND YOUR FAMILY AND YOU SAID HOW HIGH WAS THE WATER THAT YOU’RE WALKING THROUGH? >>THIS HIGH, UP TO MY WAIST. IT WAS DARK AND SCARY.>>YOU MENTIONED, YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY SHORTER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE, TALK TO ME ABOUT IF YOU WERE SCARED WALKING TO THE WATER? >>YES MA’AM, IT WAS SCARY, I DID NOT YOU WANT TO GET IN THE WATER. THAT’S HOW SCARY IT WAS. I LITERALLY THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO FLOAT AWAY. EVERY TIME A TRUCK WOULD PASS WAVES WOULD COME OUT YOU AND IT WAS SCARY.>>YOU ARE THERE TO TALK TO ME ABOUT HOW HIGH THE WATER WAS. >>IT WAS THIS WAY AND I WAS SCARED WHEN THE CAR WAS PASSING BY AND THE WAVE WOULD PULL ME WAY BACK.>>YOU ARE HANGING ONTO WHO? >>I WAS HANGING ONTO HIM BECAUSE HE WAS WITH ME. AS SOON AS WE GOT MORE DEEP THE WATER WAS UP TO HERE. FOR HIM, HE IS SMALLER SO HE WAS SWIMMING IN THE WATER TO STAY CLOSE TO ME. I HAD TO KEEP HIM BY MY SIDE.>> DID YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO MEET UP WITH DAD? WERE THERE POINTS IN YOUR JOURNEY WHERE YOU THOUGHT THIS WAS NOT A GOOD IDEA?>>YES, FIVE MINUTES IN I WANTED TO TURN AROUND AND BRING HIM BACK. I DO NOT THINK WE WOULD MAKE IT BUT THANK GOD WE DID.>>, WOULD YOU SAY YOU ARE WALKING IN THESE WATERS?>>A GOOD 45 MINUTES. ONE STRETCH OF LAND WAS 45 AND ANOTHER WAS 30, IT WAS A LONG WAY IN DEEPWATER. IT WAS HARD TO WALK.>>DAD YOU TOLD ME THE VEHICLES WERE FLOODED AND THAT’S WHY YOU COULD NOT DRIVE AND GET THEM AND OBVIOUSLY THE STATE OF THE STREETS, IT’S NOT A GOOD IDEA TO USE YOUR VEHICLE SO WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR YOUR FAMILY AT THIS POINT?>>RIGHT NOW IT’S TRYING TO GET TO THE HOUSE. WE STILL HAVE THREE OR FOUR BLOCKS BEFORE WE CAN MAKE IT TO THE HOUSE. AS SOON AS WE GET TO THE HOUSE WILL TRY TO LOCK THE DOORS AND KEEP THE WATER FROM COMING IN. THE WATER IS STILL RISING. THE RAIN IS NOT STOPPING ANYTIME SOON. JUST TRYING TO STAY SAFE AND DRY.>>HAVE YOU HAD FLOODING INSIDE YOUR HOME BEFORE?>>IT’S BEEN CLOSE LIKE WHEN HARVEY CAME AROUND BUT IT WAS NOT THIS BAD. THIS IS BAD. IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S GETTING WORSE AND WORSE. WE WERE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS, NOBODY WAS. WE COULD HAVE SANDBAGS. WE WERE NOT ABLE TO GET SANDBAGS OR ANYTHING. THAT WE TALKED ABOUT THE WATER GETTING THIS BAD. WE DON’T EVEN HAVE ANY WATER TO DRINK. IF THE POWER GOES OUT WE WILL BE STUCK BECAUSE WE WERE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS. THE GOVERNMENT AND EVERYBODY NOBODY PREPARED US. IT’S BAD RIGHT NOW. >>WE ARE VERY THANKFUL THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO REUNITE WITH HER FAMILY AND EVERYBODY IS SAFE. GO INSIDE, STAY INSIDE AND GET TO A SAFE PLACE. THANK YOU FOR TAKING A FEW MINUTES TO TALK TO US. WE JUST ARRIVED IN BEAUMONT AND PULLED OFF AND HIS NEIGHBORHOOD, THIS IS A NEIGHBORHOOD STREET. IT WAS HARD FOR US TO EVEN PASS THROUGH HERE WHEN WE TRIED TO TURN DOWN TO GET TO A HIGHER SPOT TO PARK. LOOK AT THE SCARS DRIVING THROUGH, GOING TO SEVERAL INCHES OF WATER IN THIS IS NOT THE ONLY SPOT IN BEAUMONT THAT WE DROVE THROUGH. NOT TO MENTION, GETTING FROM HOUSTON INTO BEAUMONT, THAT WAS A TREACHEROUS JOURNEY FOR MYSELF AND THE PHOTOJOURNALIST. WE WENT THROUGH SOME PRETTY FLOODED AREAS. THANKFULLY WE ARE IN A HIGH- PROFILE VEHICLE SO WE MANAGED TO SAFELY PASSES AREAS. A LOT OF OTHER CARS UNFORTUNATELY DID GET STUCK AND HAD TO PULL OFF TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. PRETTY MUCH ABOUT THE MAJORITY OF OUR TRIP OUT HERE IT TOOK ABOUT TWO OR TWO AND HALF HOURS TO GET TO BEAUMONT FROM HOUSTON. THE RAIN NEVER STOPPED. THE RAIN WOULD COME IN WAVES, IT WOULD GET MORE INTENSE AT CERTAIN POINTS BUT THERE WAS ALWAYS A PRETTY STEADY DRIZZLE COMING DOWN. WE ACTUALLY HAVE THIS MAN ACROSS THE STREET OVER HERE, SIR CAN WE TALK TO YOU? WE ARE GOING TO WALK OVER HERE TALK TO THIS GUY. HE JUST CAME OUT OF HIS HOUSE. HIGH SURF, ARE YOU DOING OKAY?>>IT’S THE HIGHEST IT’S EVER GOTTEN HERE. IT’S UP IN MY DRIVEWAY AND THE TRUCKS COMBINED WASHES OVER. >>DIDN’T WATER GET INSIDE? >>NOPE IT DID NOT GET IN. I THOUGHT AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY I WOULD NEVER SEE AGAIN.>>HERE WE ARE AGAIN. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? >>IT WENT OVER THE CURB THIS TIME, IT’S NEVER BEEN OVER THAT BEFORE. IN HARMONY NEVER GOT OVER THAT. >>DESCRIBED TO ME WHAT THE LAST SEVERAL HOURS HAVE BEEN FOR YOU. YOU WATCH THE WATER COLLECT OUT HERE. TELL ME WHAT IS GOING ON. >>MY WIFE TOOK A NAP BECAUSE SHE WAS UP ALL NIGHT. I WAS UP AND KEPT WATCHING THE WATER RISE AND WORRIED ABOUT GETTING INTO MY HOUSE. I WAS GOING TO STAY NO MATTER WHAT. I WAS HOPING IT WOULD QUIT RAINING SO MUCH. I WENT LAST NIGHT AND CANNOT HARDLY GET BACK IN MY DRIVEWAY. IT WAS 9:30 PM. IT RAINED ALL NIGHT AFTER THAT. I AM JUST THINKING IT RAINED PROBABLY 20 INCHES WITHIN 12 HOURS.>>DO STOP POWER? >>YES, VERY BLESSED. I STILL HAVE FOUR KIDS IN THIS AREA AND WILL GOT WATER IN HARVEY AND HAD TO HAVE IT REMODELED AND HE GOT IT BACK IN HIS HOUSE AGAIN THIS TIME. THE OTHER THREE KIDS ARE GOOD.>>YOU MENTIONED ONE CHILD OF YOURS HAVING TO GO THROUGH THIS A SECOND TIME. WHEN HE TOLD YOU THAT DID YOUR HEARTBREAK? >>ALL COULD DO WAS SAY I’M SORRY. HE HAD A MANDATORY EVACUATION BUT HE DID NOT EVACUATE, HE WENT UPSTAIRS, THAT’S WHAT THEY DID LAST TIME TO, THEY LIVED IN THE TOP AND REMODELED THE BOTTOM.’S LUCK THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME TO STOCK TALK WITH US. THAT IS THE SITUATION HAPPENING IN BEAUMONT. WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE DAY. I WILL TOSS IT BACK INSIDE, LIVE FROM BEAUMONT.>>YOU KEEP HEARING THE SAME THING. WE THOUGHT HARVEY WAS BAD AND WE WOKE UP TO THIS. WE ARE SO GLAD THEY ARE ALL DOING OKAY.>>SO MANY PEOPLE LOOKING BACK ON HARVEY AND WHAT IT CREATED ESPECIALLY THOSE FOLKS IN KINGWOOD BECAUSE THEY SUFFERED SO MUCH IN HARVEY. WE CAN CLEARLY SEE THE WATER BEHIND YOU.>>Reporter: IT HAS BEEN RAINING FOR HOURS AND HOURS, SINCE ABOUT 7 AM. TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON OUT HERE. THIS IS NORTHPARK WHICH YOU CAN SEE IS FLOODED. WE ARE SEEING SEVERAL INCHES OF WATER, THAT IS FOR 94 BEHIND ME AND YOU CAN SEE A ROW OF VEHICLES. WE’VE SPOKEN TO SOME OF THESE PEOPLE. SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN OUT HERE FOR SEVERAL HOURS BECAUSE OF THE HIGH WATER. THEY ARE UNABLE TO GO ANYWHERE. WE HAVE NOT SEEN ANY STALLED CARS, LUCKILY THIS AREA WAS BLOCKED OFF BY HPD OFFICERS PRETTY EARLY ON. WE HAVE NOT SEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE STALL OUT THEIR CARS OR GET ANY WATER INSIDE THEIR VEHICLES. AS YOU CAN SEE THEY ARE UNABLE TO GO ANYWHERE. I COULD TELL YOU JUST OVER THE PAST 10 MINUTES OR SO HPD BROUGHT THE DIVE TEAM THROUGH HERE. WE ASKED THEM HOW BAD IT IS IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND THEY TOLD US THEY DON’T KNOW YET BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST NOW ARRIVING. IT ACTUALLY TOOK THEM HOURS TO GET HERE AND GET THROUGH ALL OF THE HIGH WATER AND TRAFFIC ISSUES. THEY ARE JUST NOW ABLE TO COME THROUGH THIS NEIGHBORHOOD AND WILL FIND OUT JUST HOW MUCH WATER IS INSIDE THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS. AGAIN WE DON’T KNOW IF WATER IS INSIDE THE HOMES OUT THERE, WE REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT THINGS OUT THERE LOOK LIKE. >>WE APOLOGIZE FOR INTERRUPTING , MAYBE SHE CAN HEAR US. WE HAVE A NEWS CONFERENCE SO FOR LOWER HER MICROPHONE. WILL GET TO THE NEWS CONFERENCE RIGHT NOW. >>THIS IS THAT HARRIS COUNTY JUDGE UPDATING US. I’M SORRY WE HAD TO INTERRUPT YOU. THERE IS A COUNTY JUDGE AT THE MIKE. LET’S LISTEN IN.>>A FEW MINUTES AGO A DISASTER DECLARATION FOR HARRIS COUNTY THAT ALLOWS US TO ISSUE EMERGENCY PURCHASE ORDERS, CONTRACTS FOR EXAMPLE LIKE DEBRIS REMOVAL THAT WE MIGHT NEED AND IT ALLOWS US TO RECEIVE LOGISTICAL SUPPORT FROM THE STATE AND THE GOVERNOR HAS ALSO OFFERED A DISASTER DECLARATION FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS. RIGHT NOW THE MAIN MESSAGE FOR THE COMMUNITY CONTINUES TO BE THAT WE NEED FOLKS TO SHELTER IN PLACE AND STAY WHERE THEY ARE. WE ARE SEEING SMALLER AMOUNTS OF RAIN RIGHT NOW IN THE NORTHEASTERN PART BUT IT STILL ADDS UP TO THE IMPACTS THAT WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR. THE RAIN CONTINUES TO MOVE. WE WILL EXPLAIN MORE IN DETAIL ABOUT THE RAIN AND WHAT AREAS ARE FLOODING. WE ALSO HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE SAN JACINTO RIVER AUTHORITY. WE HAVE RECEIVED SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT LAKE CONROE, THEY HAVE ENOUGH SPACE AND DO NOT PLAN TO RELEASE THE LAKE. HE IS HERE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS. WE ARE RESPONDING TO RESCUES. ARE FIRE MARSHAL IS HERE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IF NEEDED. WE HAVE RESCUED FOLKS OVER 1000 PEOPLE ON THE EAST SIDE OF TOWN, 500 IN THE SPRING AREA. AFTER HARVEY WE HAD 160% INCREASE IN THE HIGH WATER RESCUE ASSETS FOR ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT IN HARRIS COUNTY. THAT HAS ALLOWED US TO RESPOND ADEQUATELY TO THE CALLS WE RECEIVED. WE CONTINUE TO ROUTE FOLKS TO READY HARRIS.ORG. THE BIGGEST MESSAGE RIGHT NOW IS THAT THE DANGER CONTINUES AS THE RAIN CONTINUES TO FALL. WE NEED FOLKS TO REMAIN AT HOME AND OFF THE ROAD. I KNOW THAT FOLKS ARE HEEDING THAT ADVICE, ANYONE THAT IS THINKING OF GOING OUTSIDE PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU STAY INDOORS, THAT IS THE WAY TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE AND OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS SAFE AS WELL. WE ARE ALSO OPENING 13 SHELTERS WITH THE RED CROSS ACROSS HARRIS COUNTY. AS IS COME ONLINE WILL BE PUTTING INFORMATION AT READY HARRIS.ORG. I WILL PASS IT ON FOR A WEATHER UPDATE AND THEN I WILL REPEAT REMARKS IN SPANISH.>>YOU MIND CHECKING THE MIKE TO MAKE SURE IT IS ON?>>WE CONTINUE TO HAVE HEAVY RAINFALL SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH INTO THE SUGAR LAND AREAS AND A BIT FURTHER SOUTH TO THE PEARLAND AREA. WE ARE GETTING A LITTLE BIT OF A BREAK AS THE JUDGE SAID IN THE NORTHEAST PART OF THE COUNTY THAT WAS IT SO HARD EARLY. THE OLD DEAN, SPRING AREAS. WE STILL HAVE SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF WATER OUT THERE AND WE STILL HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE 290 CORRIDOR. WE CONTINUE TO HAVE RAINFALL AND THIS CONTINUES TO BE A LIFE- THREATENING SITUATION AND A FLASHLIGHT EMERGENCY REMAINS IN EFFECT AT THIS TIME. WE NEED PEOPLE TO HEED THE ADVICE THEY ARE GIVEN AND STAY WHERE THEY ARE AT. THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE RIGHT NOW FOR ANYBODY TO BE IS IN A VEHICLE ON ANY OF THE ROADS AND GETTING YOURSELF INTO A HIGH WATER SITUATION. BRIEFLY, THE BAYOU SITUATION, WE HAVE MULTIPLE BAYOUS OUT OF THE BANKS IN CERTAIN AREAS. I WILL START FROM THE NORTHEAST PART OF THE COUNTY. THE EAST AND WEST SAN JACINTO RIVER, MAJOR FLOODING IS EXPECTED STARTING TONIGHT AND LUSTING INTO TOMORROW, DIVISIONS EAST OF U.S. 59, LOWER PORTIONS OF KINGWOOD, NOT ALL OF KINGWOOD BUT THE LOWER PORTIONS NEAR THE RIVER, THE EAST FORK OF THE SAN JACINTO RIVER NEAR F IN 1485, CEDAR BAYOU FROM FM 1960 ALL THE WAY DOWN TO BAYTOWN. TO FLOODING IN THE CITY OF BAYTOWN ALONG CEDAR BAYOU LATER TONIGHT AND INTO TOMORROW. GUM GOING IN THE NORTHEAST PART OF HARRIS COUNTY NEAR THE SAN JACINTO RIVER. PARTNERS BAYOU INTO HOME AND WAIT A AREA. THAT BAYOU IS OVER BANKS. KNOW THE RESTRUCTURE FLOODING OCCURRING ALONG LITTLE OAK BAYOU. HALLS BAYOU, WE HAVE SIGNIFICANT FLOODING ALONG HALLS BAYOU ALONG I-25 AND WESTMOUNT HOUSTON. THE SUBDIVISIONS INCLUDED ARE COLONIAL HILLS, BELMONT AND POTENTIALLY HIDDEN VALLEY. THESE ARE THE AREAS AROUND I-40 FIVE AND WESTMOUNT HOUSTON. RACHAL SCULLY IS OVER BANKS AND DEALING WITH SUBDIVISION. HOMES ARE TAKING ON WATER IN THAT AREA. LOWER WHITE OAK BAYOU IS RISING VERY RAPIDLY. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE BAYOU WILL EXCEED PORTIONS OF I-10 AND I-40 FIVE AS WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST. RIGHT REALLY COME TOGETHER NORTH OF DOWNTOWN HOUSTON. TXDOT IS MONITORING THAT VERY CLOSELY RIGHT NOW. IN THE LOWER PORTION OF CYPRUS CREEK, THIS IS THE AREA EAST OF OLD DEAN WESTFIELD, NORTH OF INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT. A COUPLE OTHER IMPORTANT POINTS TO MAKE. ADDICTS AND PARKER RESERVOIR, THE FLOODGATES ARE CLOSED THEY ARE NOT RELEASING WATER. THERE IS PLENTY OF CAPACITY IN THOSE RESERVOIRS TO HANDLE THE RAINFALL WE ARE EXPECTING. WE ARE NOT EXPECTING ANY FLOODING FROM ATTICS AND PARKER RESERVOIR AND THE WILL NOT BE RELEASES FROM THOSE RESERVOIRS BASED ON THE CURRENT RAINFALL WE HAVE HAD OR THE EXPECTED RAINFALL THAT WE ARE EXPECTING. ONE OTHER BAYOU, HUNTING BAYOU ON THE EAST SIDE OF HOUSTON, WE EXPECT STRUCTURE FLOODING POSSIBLE AND THE SONG WOULD DIVISION. THAT IS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF I.T. FOR THE BAYOU CROSSES I-10 AND IF CHUCK WOULD LIKE TO COME UP NOW AND MAKE A COMMENT ON LAKE CONROE.>>CHECK FROM THE SANTA KETO RIVER AUTHORITY. WE HAVE SEEN LOCALIZED HEAVY RAINS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MAJORITY OF THAT RAINFALL HAS BEEN TO THE EAST OF I 45. LAKE CONROE AND ITS WATERSHED IS NORTH OF THE CITY OF CONROE SO WE STARTED THIS EVENT WITH THE LAKE LEVEL OF OVER TWO FEET BELOW THE NORMAL POOL ELEVATION SO THAT CAPACITY TO BEGIN WITH. OUR WATERSHED HAS NOT RECEIVED THE RAINFALL INTENSITY OR DURATION IT WOULD HAVE SEEN IN NORTHEASTERN HARRIS COUNTY. WE HAVE CAPACITY IN THE RESERVOIR AND DO NOT IN A EXPECT ANY RELEASES AT THIS TIME.>>YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT GIVING US A FULL UPDATE ON WHAT THEY ARE SAYING AND WHAT THEY ARE RESPONDING TO. AS A SWITCH OVER OFFERING THAT SAME INFORMATION IN SPANISH, WE WANT TO TAKE A LOOK UNTIL WE GET TO THE QUESTION AND ANSWER PORTION PERSON. JEFF, PASSING ON SOME GOOD NEWS ABOUT SOME OF THE BAYOUS.>>I’M SURE A LOT OF FOLKS SINCE HARVEY HAVE BEEN WORRIED ABOUT THIS. I WANT TO MENTION THAT THE ATTICS AND PARKER RESERVOIRS, THERE IS NO POTENTIAL FLOODING, THEY ARE CAPACITY AND THEY WILL REMAIN CLOSE. I’M SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE WORRIED ABOUT THAT WONDERING WHAT THAT MEANS FOR THE AREA.>>WHETHER THEY WOULD BE DOING RELEASES THAT WE SAW DURING HARVEY. CERTAINLY PLENTY OF BAYOUS OUT OF BANKS. MULTIPLE BAYOUS. NORTHEAST HARRIS COUNTY HE IS MENTIONING GETTING A LITTLE BIT OF A BREAK BUT SAN JACINTO IS EXPOSED TO EXPERIENCE MAJOR FLOODING, CEDAR BAYOU EXPERIENCING FLOODING AND OUT OF THEIR BANKS. CERTAINLY A BAD SITUATION FOR FOLKS AROUND OUR AREA WHO MAY NEED A PLACE TO GO. >>WE DO UNDERSTAND THERE ARE 13 SHELTERS OPENING UP. WILL UPDATE THIS ON ABC13.COM AS SOON AS WE KNOW WHICH SHELTERS THEY ARE. YOU CAN GO TO READY HARRIS.ORG TO FIND OUT MORE. WE HAVE A COUPLE OF THE SHELTERS UP THERE, HUMBLE FIRST ASSEMBLY GOT CHURCH LOCATED ON 1915, FROM THE MARKET 1960 BYPASS. BUT THERE IS ALSO SAINT TIMOTHY LUTHERAN CHURCH ON HARGRAVE ROAD IN HOUSTON. WE WILL CONTINUE TO PASS ALONG THIS OTHER LOCATIONS. 13 ARE OPENING UP TO GET THOSE SHELTERS OPEN FOR ANYONE WHO NEEDS THEM. OBVIOUSLY THIS IS STILL A BREAKING NEWS SITUATION. WE’RE STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FLASHLIGHT EMERGENCY IN PLACE WE ARE GETTING MULTIPLE REPORTS IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE CITY OF NEIGHBORHOODS HAVING ISSUES AND NEEDING TO GET OUT OF THEIR HOMES. >>WE GET MESSAGES FROM PEOPLE, TEXT MESSAGE FROM PEOPLE IN THE ROSENBERG AREA. THEY ARE WORRIED BECAUSE THEY ARE TAKING IN WATER. AS WE HEARD IN THIS NEWS PRESSER IT CONTINUES TO BE A LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION. THAT IS WHAT JEFF WAS SAYING. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SCARED. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAYS THIS IS LIKE [email protected] VU. >>IT DOES FEEL LIKE WE’VE BEEN THROUGH THIS MANY TIMES. LET’S GO TO THE QUESTION-AND- ANSWER PORTION.>>WHERE PUBLIC HEALTH AS WELL WITH US.>>[ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ]>>THE ROADWAYS ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE TO BE AND WE WILL CONTINUE HAVING TO BARRICADING CLOSE ROADWAYS. PARTICULARLY THE EAST PART OF TOWN, I 59, WE ARE SEEING, 45 WE ARE SEEING ALL ALONG THE SIDE. THE RING CONTINUES. WE DON’T WANT PEOPLE OUT DRIVING. IF ANYONE IS CAUGHT OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN WE ASK THAT FOLKS MAKE THEIR WAY TO A STRUCTURE AND OUTSIDE OF THE CAR AND WILL REMIND FOLKS IF YOU FEEL YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER CALL 911 AND IT HELPS US TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE CALLING FOR SO WE CAN RESPOND WITH WHAT YOUR NEEDS MIGHT BE.>>MAJORITY OF THESE RESCUES ARE FROM PEOPLE LEAVING THEIR HOMES ARE BEING CAUGHT IN THE FLOODWATER?>>I WILL GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO THE CHIEF TO ANSWER THE QUESTION.>>THANK YOU JUDGE. LORI, COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL, WHAT WE ARE SEEING AS JEFF WAS SAYING, THE NEIGHBORHOODS ARE BECOMING INUNDATED WITH WATER IMPORTED. WE ARE SEEING PEOPLE THAT WILL GO AHEAD AND GET OUT, THEY HAVE CHILDREN IN SCHOOL OR THEY HAVE MEETING POINTS TO GO TO THE SHELTER. THE GOOD THING IS WE HAVE LEARNED A LOT SINCE HARVEY. WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF PROACTIVITY FROM THE RESIDENTS THAT ARE OUT THERE AND THEY ARE MAKING PLANS EARLY. BECAUSE THEY WILL BE SURROUNDED IN THOSE AREAS WITH THE WATER THEY ARE GETTING OUT FOR THOSE PURPOSES. WE ARE SEEING OVER 1000 RESCUE AND EVACUATIONS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE NOT ALL RESCUES, A LOT OF THEM ARE EVACUATIONS TO GET THEM TO SHELTERS BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT’S WILL BE A LONG DRAWN OUT PROCESS. 160% INCREASE IN OUR CAPABILITIES, WE ARE WORKING WITH ALL DEPARTMENTS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE RESIDENTS.>>YOU MENTIONED THE 13 SHELTERS THAT WILL BE OPEN ACROSS THE COUNTY, ANY IDEA WHEN THEY WILL OPEN? A TIMEFRAME? >>THE SHELTERS CONTINUE TO COME ONLINE AS NECESSARY. IT IS CHANGING VERY QUICKLY SO I ASK FOLKS REVIEW READY HARRIS.ORG. THAT IS WHERE WE HAVE THE LATEST LIST OF SHELTERS. AS SOON AS WE SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING TO A LILY PAD THAT TELLS US THERE IS A NEED FOR THE SHELTER. FOLKS KNOW THIS, IF THE HOME IS TAKING A LITTLE BIT OF WATER IT IS SAFER TO STAY THERE. IT IS MORE DANGEROUS TO BE OUTSIDE. FOR FOLKS THAT FEEL THE NEED TO BE EVACUATED OR FOR A RESCUE THAT IS WHERE WE SET UP THE SHELTERS AND THE LATEST INFORMATION WILL BE ON OUR SITE.>>OVER 1000 RESCUES, HOW MANY OF THOSE ARE ACTUALLY RESCUES?>>DO WE HAVE A BREAKDOWN, I KNOW WE ARE STILL CLUCKING INFORMATION. >>IT IS SO FLUID THAT I CANNOT GIVE YOU THAT NUMBER RIGHT NOW. WE WILL CAPTURE THAT INFORMATION BUT BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS MOVING SO QUICKLY THAT WILL BE MUCH LATER IN THE DAY BEFORE WE CAN GET TO JUDGE SOME ACTUAL NUMBERS. >>THAT IS THE SAME WITH HOMES, WE ARE STILL ASSESSING EXACTLY THE NUMBERS AND AS SOON AS WE HAVE DETAILED NUMBERS WE WILL GET THEM OUT TO YOU. RIGHT NOW THE FIRST PRIORITY IS MAKING SURE WE ARE OUT THERE READY TO SUPPORT FOLKS WHEN THEY NEED US. WE WILL BE ABLE TO DO THAT 100%. >>DISASTER DECLARATION [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ]>>THERE IS ADDITIONAL LOGISTICAL ASSISTANCE WE CAN CALL THEM FROM THE STATE AFTER THE DISASTER DECLARATION. WE HAVE BEEN CORRELATING VERY CLOSELY WITH THE GOVERNOR, WE HAVE THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT STATIONED HERE. IF WE NEED ADDITIONAL RESOURCES THEY ARE READY TO SUPPORT. THAT SETS THE STAGE AS WELL IF WE NEED TO DO EMERGENCY PURCHASE ORDERS, ADDITIONAL PROCUREMENT, DURING HARVEY THIS WAS USED. IT IS SOMETHING THAT PUTS US IN A BETTER POSITION TO RESPOND AND BE NIMBLE IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS.>>[ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ]>>WE HAVE INCIDENT COMMAND HERE AT THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER. WE ARE UNDER A VERY TIGHT STRUCTURE, WELL PRACTICED AND EVERYONE HAS WORKED WELL TOGETHER. THERE COULD COME A TIME WHERE HE NEED ADDITIONAL MANPOWER OR SUPPORT AND THAT IS WHAT THE OPENED THE DOOR FOR. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE NOT FELT A NEED TO CALL ON THE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT, WE ARE BEING ABLE TO MANAGE WITH ALL OF OUR PARTNERS. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS SHARING RESCUE ASSETS ACROSS THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, THE COUNTY AND EVEN SOME ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO NEIGHBORING COUNTIES.>>[ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ]>>RIGHT NOW IF YOU’RE IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON CALLING 311 IS GOOD, WE WILL SHARE WITH YOU GUYS A NUMBER FOR THE FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT WHICH IS IMPORTANT FOR US IN TERMS OF KEEPING COUNT OF HOMES THAT MAY BE FLOODED. THAT IS HELPFUL AFTER THE FACT IF WE NEED TO APPLY FOR AID FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THAT IS ONE THING, IF IT IS NOT AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, WE WILL MAKE SURE ENSURE THAT AFTER THIS. IT’S ALSO ON THE WEBSITE, READYHARRIS.ORG. RIGHT NOW WE ASKED TO CALL 911 WHEN YOU FEEL THAT YOU HAVE A LIFE-THREATENING ISSUE. WE WILL BE READY TO RESPOND AND OF COURSE THE COUNTY IS WORKING WITH ALL OF OUR PARTNERS TO MAKE SURE WE ARE NIMBLE AND WERE QUICK.>>[ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ]>>>THE QUESTION WAS DO YOU HAVE ACEPS OF WHEN THE RAIN WILL BE OVER AND MOVE OUT OF THE AREA? IT IS MOVING TO THE SOUTH. IT IS GETTING INTO GALVESTON COUNTY, FORT BEND COUNTY, BUT UNFORTUNATELY IT WILL BE MOVING INTO AREAS THAT HAD A LOT OF RAIN. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE RISES ALONG CLEAR CREEK AND THE ARMOND BAYOU AND THE TURKEY CREEK TO SOUTHEAST PART OF THE COUNTY. WE WILL BE MONITORING THAT. GENERALLY SPEAKING WE ARE SEEING A DECREASING TREND WHICH IS MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. HOWEVER WE ARE SEEING RAINFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES AN HOUR SO WE ARE PUTTING WATER ON TOP OF WATER. UNTIL WE CAN GET THE RAINFALL RATES DOWN TO LESS THAN HALF AN INCH TO QUARTER INCH IT WILL CONTINUE TO WORSEN THE FLOORED SITUATION WE HAVE. ONE OTHER POINT I WANT TO MAKE. JUST BECAUSE THE RAIN STOPS IT WILL TAKE A GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME TO GET ALL THIS WATER OUT OF HERE. THE BODIES AND CHANNELS ARE WORKING BUT THEY ARE OVERWHELMED. THE DRAINAGE SYSTEMS ARE OVERWHELMED AND IT WILL TAKE SEVERAL HOURS TO GET THE CREEKS DOWN, WATER SYSTEMS DOWN. WE COULD HAVE HIGH WATER IN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTY INTO TONIGHT AND TOMORROW. ESPECIALLY THOSE PORTIONS IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTY, THE WATER WILL REMAIN HIGH EVEN INTO THE WEEKEND [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >>IT IS AN INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT SITUATION FOR ANYONE TO SEE THE RISK OF FLOODING, THE WATER RISING FOR FOLKS THAT ARE TAKING WATER IN THEIR HOMES, IT IS INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT. WE UNDERSTAND THE ANXIETY. THE BENEFIT WE HAVE HAD WITH THIS EVENT, THIS HASN’T BEEN AS WIDESPREAD, OF COURSE. EACH RAIN EVENT IS DIFFERENT. I WANT TO REMIND FOLKS, OF COURSE, IN ALL OF THE AREAS WHERE WE ARE SEEING RAIN, THE CLEAR CREEK AND SOUTHEAST HAVE MAJOR PRODUCTS THE FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT HAS BEEN WORKING DAY AND NIGHT OUT THAT WE ARE ACCELERATING AT THE COUNTY. THE ISSUE RIGHT NOW IS LIFE SAFETY. WE NEED FOLKS TO STAY CALM. IF THEY FIND THEMSELVES, YOU KNOW, THEY ARE FEELING LIKE THEY ARE IN DANGER TO CALL 9-1- 1 AND STAY HOME. AS JEFF MENTIONED, IT MAY BE THAT THESE GUY EWES RISE AS THEY CONVEY THE WATER. AND SO WE HAVE TO REMAIN VIGILANT. FOLKS NEED TO REMAIN VIGILANT AS THE WATER STOPS. THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS REMAIN INDOORS, WHEREVER YOU ARE TO NOT GO OUTSIDE. [ QUESTION IN SPANISH ] [ ANSWER IN SPANISH ] >>SO, GETTING SOME QUESTIONS IN SPANISH HERE ABOUT THE SCHOOLS AND THE COUNTY. AND HOUSTON HAS CONTINUED TO MAKE THE POINT, ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER CITIES IN OUR AREA, IF YOUR CHILDREN ARE IN SCHOOL, THEY ARE SAFE. WE ARE NOT GETTING ANY REPORTS OF ANY DANGEROUS SITUATIONS AT SCHOOLS THAT HAVE FLOODED. WITH THEY WILL MAKE SURE YOUR CHILDREN REMAIN SAFE. DON’T TRY TO GO TO SCHOOL AND PICK THEM UP EARLY. LET THEM STAY HOME. YOU STAY HOME. LET’S LET THE STORM MOVE OUT. AS WE LOOK AT RADAR AND YOU ARE SEEING THE UPDATES, HOPEFULLY THIS WILL START TO EASE UP. WE NEED TO GIVE THIS SOME MORE TIME RIGHT NOW. >>DEFINITELY. OF COURSE WE KEEP SAYING EVEN IF THE RAIN DOES STOP, WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE THREAT ZONE. YOU STILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR ALL THAT WATER TO DRAIN ITSELF OUT WHICH, AS WE KNOW, IT TAKES TIME HERE IN THE HOUSTON AREA. >>ABSOLUTELY. THE COUNTY JUDGE MAKING THE POINT THAT ROADWAYS ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE TO BE. THERE ARE A LOT OF ROAD CLOSURES OUT THERE. TAKE A LOOK, ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE SCREEN SOME OF OUR AREA FREEWAYS. YOU CAN SEE THAT TRYING TO GET OUT AND ABOUT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. WE ARE WRAPPING UP OUR NEWS CONFERENCE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN. IF PEOPLE ARE OUT ON THE ROADWAYS THEY ARE NOT MOVING. THIS IS IF THEY ARE IN SAFE PLACES, THEY ARE STILL STUCK. THESE PICTURES TELL THE STORY. YOU NEED TO STAY HOME FOR RIGHT NOW. >>YES. >>>WE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE FLASH-FLOOD EMERGENCY. THE GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT DECONTEMPORARIED A STATE OF DISASTER FOR… SHELTERS ARE NOW BEING SET UP AND THEY ARE OPENING AS NEEDED. >>EXACTLY. AS WE GET THAT INFORMATION WE ARE RELAYING IT TO YOU ON AIR AND ONLINE, OF COURSE. THE HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN FLOODED OUT OF THEIR HOMES CAN GO TO THE HUMBLE FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH OR ST. TIMOTHY LUTHERAN CHURCH. THE FLAGSHIP LOCATION IS ALSO OPEN ON THE NORTH FREEWAY FOR ANYONE STUCK JUST LIKE YOU DID FOR HARVEY, HE IS OPENING UP HIS HOME. WE ARE TOSSING THINGS TO DAVID TILLMAN, OUR CHIEF FORECASTER. WHAT ARE WE SEEING RIGHT NOW THAT PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW AT THIS MOMENT? >>THE RAINFALL RATES HAVE COME DOWN A LITTLE BIT BUT THEY ARE STILL EXTREMELY HIGH. EARLIER THIS MORNING WE WERE GETTING MEASURED RAINFALL RATES TOWN 5 INCHES AN HOUR. NOW THEY ARE ANYWHERE FROM 1 TO 3.5 INCHES AN HOUR SO THE RATES HAVE COME DOWN A LITTLE BIT BUT WE ARE STILL SEEING A POWERFUL STORM IN PROGRESS THAT WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. WE MAY SEE A COUPLE MORE HOURS BEFORE IT COMPLETELY MAKES IT OUT OF HUES BUT EVEN IT GETS SOUTH OFFER HOUSTON IT WILL POUND THE COASTAL AREAS. HERE IS THE ESTIMATED RAINFALL OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS. THIS IS SWATH FROM THE EAST OF BEAUMONT TO LOUISIANA AND THE WINNIE AREA, BACK TO COVER THE ENTIRE COUNTY OF LIBERTY COUNTY. JUST ABOUT ALL OF CHAMBERS COUNTY GETTING RIT REALLY HARD WITH THIS STORM AND ALL THE WAY UP TO THE CONROE AREA. THESE ARE RADAR ESTIMATES OF MORE THAN 20 TO 25 INCHES OF RAINFALL. SEE THIS AREA AROUND FOR WINNIE AREA, THAT IS WHERE WE RAN OUT OF COLORS. WE ARE THINKING IN THIS PARTICULAR AREA MORE THAN 30 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN IN THE LAST THREE DAYS. I WAS ALSO JUST LOOKING A LITTLE WHILE AGO AT THE FAR NORTHEASTERN TIP OF HARRIS COUNTY BECAUSE THAT IS WITHIN THE HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT’S RAINFALL GAUGE AREA THERE. I SAW MEASURED RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 27 INCHES THERE IN NORTHEASTERN PARTS OF HARRIS COUNTY. YOU CAN SEE THAT LEADS IN THE GENERAL DIRECTION TOWARD DOWNTOWN HOUSTON WHERE WE HAVE EASILY SEEN MORE THAN 10, AND IN SOME CASES MORE THAN 15 INCHES OF RAIN OUT THERE. HERE IS RAIN THAT IS FALLING RIGHT NOW. HERE IS ALL THE WARNINGS NOW AND EMERGENCIES IN PLACE RIGHT NOW. THIS HUGE AREA HERE THE PARTS OF FORD BEND COUNTY, THAT IS A LARGE FLASH-FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT RIGHT NOW. A NEW FLASH-FLOOD WARNING IS IN EFFECT NOW FOR THE NORTHERN PART OF GALVESTON COUNTY, NORTHERN PARTS OF BRAZORIA COUNTY AND EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN PARTS OF HARRISBURG COUNTY. YOU GO FROM THE — HARRIS COUNTY. YOU GO FROM THE CITY OF HOUSTON AREA EAST. 10-PLUS INCHES OF RAIN HAVE FALLEN HERE, SOME PLACES OVER 20 AND THE RAIN CONTINUES TO COME DOWN. CONROE NOT SEEING AS MUCH RAIN AS EARLIER THIS MORNING BUT THE RAIN IS STILL COMING TO MOST OF LIBERTY COUNTY RIGHT NOW. WE ARE GETTING HIT REALLY HARD IN CHAMBERS COUNTY. BOLIVAR PENINSULA, GALVESTON ISLAND. MOST OF GALVESTON COUNTY BEING POUNDED WITH HEAVY RAIN AND FORT BEND COUNTY AND THE WHARTON COUNTY AREAS. I WANT TO READ YOU A COUPLE OF REPORTS HERE. STORM REPORTS. FLOODWATERS ENTERING APARTMENTS AROUND DULLES AVENUE AND AVENUE E IN THE STAFFORD AREA RIGHT NOW. THAT IS ONE REPORT WE HAVE. THEN WE ALSO HAVE REPORTS OF ROADS GOING UNDER WATER IN SUGAR LAND AND IN STAR FORD RIGHT NOW. THE RAIN IS COMING DOWN HEAVY ENOUGH, THOUGH NOT AS HEAVY AS IT WITH US BUT IT IS OVERWHELMING THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM THERE IS IN PARTS OF FORD BEND COUNTY, SUGAR LAND AND STAFFORD. LIKE WE WERE THINKING EARLIER THIS IS NOT A TIME TO GET OUT AND TRAVEL IN PLACES LIKE FORT BEND. HERE IS A CLOSER LOOK AT THE RAIN OVER HOUSTON. THE HEAVIEST BAND IS FROM FORT BEND COUNTY, NORTHERN MISSOURI COUNTY, BE YOU WE STILL HAVE RAINFALL RATES HERE OF ABOUT AN INCH AN HOUR TO TWO INCHES AN HOUR. SOMETHING I DON’T LIKE THAT I AM SEEING HERE, WE ARE SEEING A LITTLE BIT OF REDEVELOPMENT HERE THIS PARTS OF WALLER COUNTY THAT APPEAR TO BE FEEDING THIS LINE HERE. SO IT WILL BE AT LEAST TWO OR THREE MORE HOURS BEFORE THIS RAIN COMPLETELY CLEARS THE CITY OF HOUSTON. SO YOU ARE GETTING RAIN ON TOP OF FLOODING. RAIN HERE IN TOWN. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT YOU TRAVEL AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME. SOME OF THE SCHOOLS MAY BE DELAYED IN LETTING KIDS OUT BECAUSE THE RAIN CONTINUES TO FALL. CERTAINLY IF YOU ARE AT WORK GO AHEAD AND STAY THERE FOR THE TIME BEING BECAUSE YOU DO NOT WANT TO TRAVEL OUT IN THIS. HERE IS A LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN FORT BEND COUNTY, COLORADO COUNTY. HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS NEAR THE COLUMBUS AREA THAT APPEARS TO BE MOVING AWAY FROM THERE. EAST MENARD. THE LINE THERE SHOULD MAKE IT TO THE SOUTH TO WHARTON COUNTY EASILY AND THE LINE EXTENDS TO SUGAR LAND AND MISSOURI CITY. FOR THOSE OF YOU AROUND THE SIENNA PLANTATION GETTING HEAVY RAIN NOW THAT IS SLOWLY MOVING TO THE SOUTH AT 15 MILES PER HOUR OR SO. WE GO FURTHER TO THE EAST. WE ARE STILL SEEING HEAVY RAIN, ALTHOUGH THE RATES HAVE COME DOWN. HEAVY RAIN OVER CHAMBERS COUNTY. THE HEAVIEST RAIN IN CHAMBERS COUNTY IS AROUND THE BOLIVAR PENINSULA. YOU CAN BELIEVE THERE IS PROBABLY STREET FLOODING ONGOING RIGHT NOW IN PLACES TO THE SOUTHWEST OF HIGH ISLAND ALONG THE BOLIVAR PENINSULA, CRYSTAL BEACH AND PLACES LIKE THAT. THERE IS GALVESTON. WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING GALVESTON ISLAND FOR THE LAST SEVERAL HOURS TAKE ON THIS LINE OF TRAINING THUNDERSTORMS. IT REALLY HASN’T LET UP SINCE THAT TIME. THERE IS A FLASH-FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT RIGHT NOW. WHAT I AM CONCERNED ABOUT IS NOT ONLY WILL THIS CONTINUE HERE, BUT THE LINE THAT IS COMING IN FROM THE NORTH WILL MERGE WITH THAT. YOU WILL CONTINUE TO GET HEAVY RAIN AND THE RAINFALL RATES MAY GET A LITTLE HIGHER THAN WHAT WE ARE SEEING RIGHT RIGHT NOW. WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN GALVESTON ON THE ISLAND FOR THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON. HERE IS FUTURE-CAST. AS WE GO THROUGH THE AFTERNOON THIS LINE OF STORMS WILL SLOWLY SINK ITSELF TO THE SOUTH. THICKS WILL SLOWLY IMPROVE IN HOUSTON BUT IT IS SAYING AROUND 2:00 IN 20 MINUTES OR SO THERE WILL BE GREEN AROUND. THERE MIGHT STILL BE SOME POCKETS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN AROUND HOUSTON AT 4:00 P.M. THE HEAVIEST BAND SHOULD SHIFT SOUTH OF THE CITY BY THE TIME, SO WE WILL SEE HEAVY RAIN TOWARD THE SOUTH OF WHARTON AND THE ANGLETON AREA AND BAY CITY, AS WELL. PUTTING IT INTO MOTION, HERE IS 6:00. NOTICE HOW WE BEGIN TO LOSE ALL THOSE ORANGE AND RED COLORS. THIS PARTICULAR MODEL IS SAYING FINALLY BY 6:00 THIS EVENING NOT ONLY WILL THE RAIN MOVE OUT OF HOUSTON BUT THE RAINFALL RATES WILL REALLY BEGIN TO FALL. WE THINK THE WORST OF THIS WILL MOVE FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO AND MAYBE THINGS WILL IMPROVE AND AFTER THAT WE WILL SEE A REDUCTION IN THE RAINFALL OUT THERE. THE COMPUTER MODELS ARE FORECASTING HOW MUCH ADDITIONAL RAIN IS GOING TO FALL. THEY ARE HAVING PROBLEMS HERE. YOU NOTICE IN SPOTS IT IS SAYING ANOTHER 3 TO 5 INCHES. I THINK THAT IS A PRETTY GOOD NUMBER FOR AREAS TO THE SOUTH OF HOUSTON. THE WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER PUT THE CITY OF HOUSTON ONTO THE EAST AND SOUTH. THE HIGH RISK FOR FLASH FLOODING. A VERY BE FORECAST BY THEM. IT COMPLETELY IS VERIFIED FOR THE AREA TODAY. AND PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHEN WILL THIS WHOLE THING BE OVER? THE DEEPEST TROPICAL MOISTURE IS INSIDE THIS WHITE LINE YOU SEE, HOUSTON, GALVESTON AND LUMPKIN. THE MOISTURE WILL CREEP OVER THE CITY TO THE SABINE RIVER PASS. OVER US WE WILL STILL HAVE ENOUGH MOISTURE AROUND FOR SCATTERED HEAVY DOWNPOURS TOMORROW. IF ANY OF THOSE DOWNPOURS DO OCCUR OVER AREAS THAT SAW MORE THAN 10 INCHES OF RAIN WE COULD HAVE SOME ADDITIONAL ISOLATED FLASH FLOODING PROBLEMS AS WE GET INTO TOMORROW EVEN. WATCH WHAT HAPPENS INTO SAD. STILL MOISTURE AROUND, NOT AS DEEP AS NOW BUT SATURDAY TO SUNDAY WE WILL SEE A LITTLE MORE BROWN COLOR WORK ITS WAY IN FROM THE EAST. THINGS WILL CALM DOWNPOUR OVER THE WEEKEND AS THE HIGH PRESSURE DOME MOVES IN. FOR NOW HEAVY RAIN FROM DOWNTOWN HOUSTON TO THE SOUTH, WEST AND EAST THAT WILL CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL MORE HOURS. WE MAY NOT BE COMPLETELY IN THE CLEAR IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO MAYBE GET OUT THERE UNTIL 5:00 OR 6:00 THIS AFTERNOON, GUYS >>DEFINITE LY STAY HOME IF YOU CAN RIGHT NOW. LAKEWOOD CHURCH SWEETED OUT THAT THEY OPENED THE CHURCH. IF ANYONE OUT THERE IS IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE IN SOUTHWEST HOUSTON, THE 3700 BLOCK OF THE SOUTHWEST FREEWAY IS OPEN FOR ANYONE NEEDING ASSISTANCE. >>GOOD TO PASS THAT ALONG. WE ARE ALSO WATCHING SOME OF THE ROADWAY RESCUES THAT ARE HAPPENING WITH ALL OF THE CARS FLOODED OUT IN HIGH WATER ON THE ROADWAYS. OUR OWN JESSICA WILLY IS STANDING BY IN SPOTS SEEING VERY HIGH WATER. THIS IS RIGHT IN BEL AIR, RIGHT? >>Reporter: NOT TOO FAR FROM THE STATION AT BISSONNETTE AND THE WEST LOOP JUST UNDER IS OVERPASS AS YOU CAN SEE. A LOT OF FLOODED OUT CARS. PEOPLE ALSO GETTING TO HIGHER GROUND UNDERNEATH THE OVERPASS. SOME FOLKS HAVE BEEN SITTING THERE FOR SOME TIME NOW. IT DOESN’T APPEAR TO BE RECEDING MUCH BUT IT IS HARD TO TELL. IT IS SWIRLING PRETTY MUCH IN THIS AREA. THE FEEDER ROADS ALONG THE WEST LOOP IN THE BEL AIR AREA ARE FLOODED. SOME OF THESE TRUCKS ARE TRYING TO GET THROUGH. THE MERCEDES OVER THERE, THE WHITE MERCEDES HAS BEEN INTEREST FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES OR SO. THE MAN BEHIND THE CAMERA, HE AND ANOTHER MAN, DAVE, HELPED AN ELDERLY WOMAN OUT OF THE DRIVER’S SEAT OF THAT MERCEDES. SHE — THERE IS NO WAY SHE COULD HAVE DONE IT ON HER OWN. THERE ARE A LOT OF CURBS FROM THE CAR TO THE BUILDING AND A LOT OF HIGH WATER. I JUST WALKED THROUGH IT AND IT IS ALMOST WAIST DEEP IN PLACES. ALSO HER SON WAS IN THERE. WE WERE ABLE TO GET HER OUT ALONG WITH BELONGINGS AND GET THEM IN AN OFFICE BUILDING NEARBY. IT WAS TOUCH AND GO AS THE RAIN CONTINUED TO COME DOWNPOUR. PEOPLE CONTINUED TO DRIVE THROUGH. IT CREATED WAKES. IT IS HARD TO KEEP THE DOOR OPEN WHEN WAKES ARE CREATED. THIS IS A TROUBLED SPOT FOR SURE, BISSONNETTE AND THE WEST LOOP. AND NORTH ON THE WEST LOOP YOU CAN SEE THE HEADLIGHTS. THE FREEWAYS ARE PRETTY BACKED UP. THE FEEDER ROADS ARE FLOODED IN THIS AREA. I KNOW THE WEST PARK EXIT WAS CLOSED EVEN EARLY THIS MORNING SO NO WAY ANYONE IS GETTING DOWN THERE RIGHT NOW. WE CONTINUE TO HAVE LIGHT RAIN. PEOPLE ARE WATCHING AND WAITING FOR THIS TO GO DOWN. JAMES ROSS, AND HIS WIFE, THEY WERE TRYING TO GET HOME. UNFORTUNATELY HER CAR GOT CAUGHT IN FLOOD WATERS. IT CAME UP VERY QUICKLY. HE WAS TRYING TO GET OVER HERE TO HELP HER OUT. HE SAID NO WAKES I AM NOT GOING THROUGH THERE. WE NEED AT LEAST ONE CAR. HE IS WAITING AS HIS WIFE IS SITTING NOT TOO FAR AWAY INSIDE HER CAR. HOPEFULLY SHE WAS ABLE TO GET OUT AND GET TO HIGHER GROUND. IT IS A TOUGH SITUATION OUT HERE. SEVERAL FLOODED VEHICLES AND IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THIS WATER IS RECEDING JUST YET. >>YOU KNOW THIS IS ALSO IN THE HEART OF A LARGE RESIDENTIAL AREA. I KNOW SO MANY FOLKS IN BEL AIR, MEYERLAND, ALONG THE CORRIDOR, ARE CONCERNED ABOUT JUST HOW HIGH THE WATER IS AROUND THEIR HOMES, BUT THIS IS A SPOT WE SEE PROBLEMS QUITE A BIT, A LOT LOWER THAN SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS, ISN’T IT? >>Reporter: YES. THIS IS WHAT THE CITY ENGINEERS WILL TELL YOU. THE FEEDER ROADS ARE DESIGNED TO TAKE ON THE WATER SO IT DOESN’T GO INTO THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND HOMES. THIS IS WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN. UNFORTUNATELY PEOPLE ARE SEEING THE GRIDLOCK ON THE FREEWAYS ON THE WEST LOOP, OR ON 59. THEY THINK HEY, I WILL GET OUT ON THESE SURFACE STREETS AND THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING THERE IN THE INTERSECTIONS. THEY ARE FACING THIS FLOODING. THIS IS WHAT THE INTERSECTIONS ARE DESIGNED TO DO, TO KIND OF CHANNEL THE WATER THROUGH TO THE DRAINS AND SEWERS AND THE BAYOUS, BUT IN THE MEANTIME PEOPLE DON’T HEAR THE WARNINGS OR DECIDE THIS MAY BE THE BETTER WAY AND GET CAUGHT OFF GUARD. >>YES. CERTAINLY A FLOODED OUT CAR IS NOT THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN AS YOU WATCHED AN ELDERLY WOMAN BEING HELPED OUT OF THE WHITE MERCEDES AS YOU MENTIONED. THIS IS SOME OF THE VIDEO. JESSICA, WHEN WE WATCH THIS VIDEO, IT SEEMS IT WAS REALLY LUCKY THAT SHE HAD SOMEBODY THAT HAPPENED TO BE THERE, A GOOD SAMARITAN TO HELP HER OUT. THIS WAS A BAD SITUATION. >>Reporter: YES. SHE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET OUT ON HER OWN. AND I THINK ALSO THE SHOCK OF BEING CAUGHT UP IN FLOODWATERS. WE ALL THINK WE KNOW WHAT TO DO IF IT HAPPENS BUT I THINK PEOPLE ARE NERVOUS AND SCARED RIGHTFULLY SO. THEY WERE JUST SITTING THERE UNTIL SOMEBODY ELSE, DAVE AND FRAN, COULD HELP HER OUT AND HELP HER TO AN OFFICE BUILDING. SHE IS INSIDE NOW GETTING WARM. THEY GRABBED A CHAIR FOR HER IMMEDIATELY. SHE IS WITH HER SON. THEY ARE DOING OKAY. OBVIOUSLY THEY WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE CAR SITUATION BUT THEY ARE SAFE. >>WE ARE HAPPY SHE IS SAFE. >>WE REALLY ARE. >>AND THAT THERE WERE FOLK THERE IS TO HELP. JESSICA MAKE AS GREAT POINT. YOU THINK IF I GET CAUGHT IN A BAD SITUATION I WILL GET OUT, WALK TO HIGHER GROUND. THESE ARE SHOCKING SITUATIONS. THESE ARE SITUATIONS YOU HAVE VERY LITTLE CONTROL OVER. YOUR VEHICLE MIGHT START TO MOVE OUT THERE. WE KEEP TELLING YOU AND ALL THE EMERGENCY PEOPLE KEEP TELLING YOU, THE ROADS ARE THE WORST PLACE TO BE RIGHT NOW. THEY HAVE NOT STARTED TO RECEDE IN MANY AREAS. DAVID TILLMAN JUST FINISHED TELLING US THERE IS ANOTHER ROUND HEADING TO OUR AREA. >>YES. AND WE COULD HAVE MORE RAIN UNTIL POSSIBLY 6:00, IF THAT. IT WILL STILL TAKE TIME FOR ALL THIS WATER TO RECEDE. LOOK AT THESE IMAGES. YOU CAN TELL EVEN THE WATER ITSELF IS MOVING AT A FAIRLY FAST PACE, SO WE KNOW IT ONLY TAKES INCHES TO MOVE A CAR. IT CAN BE A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IS LURKING UNDERNEATH AS FOLKS LIKE THIS OBVIOUSLY WALKING THROUGH THIS WATER, THAT IN ITSELF CAN BE VERY RISKY. >>YES. SO THIS IS THE SCENE IN BEL- AIR, JESSICA, THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE. WE WILL CONTINUE TO CHECK IN WITH JESSICA THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON. WE WANT TO ALSO HEAD UP TO NORTHWEST HOUSTON WHERE MIYA SHAY IS IN ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SPOTS. YOU HAVE ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS THERE, AS WELL, MIYA. >>Reporter: I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WE ARE AT SHEPPARD AND NORTH MONTGOMERY, A COUPLE BLOCKS FROM THE CITY’S EMERGENCY CENTER. EARLIER WE SHOWED AN EMERGENCY VEHICLE FLOODED OUT. THIS IS WESTMONT GMORY. TAKE A LOOK HERE. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF VEHICLES STUCK AND A LOT OF CARS ALSO TRYING TO MAKE IT THROUGH. YOU KNOW WHY? THIS IS AN AREA IN BETWEEN SCHOOLS. ALL THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THEIR KIDS. THE SMARTER ONES HAVE NOT BEEN TRYING TO MAKE IT THROUGH. THEY HAVE BEEN WAITING IT OUT. IT IS BETTER TO BE HIGH AND DRY. I KNOW THIS THIS CAR THEY HAVE CUTE KIDS OUT HERE. THESE FOLKS RIGHT BACK HERE NOW, WE TALKED EARLIER. WHERE WERE YOU TRYING TO GO? 1960 AND 45. >>Reporter: BUT YOU ARE NOT RISKING IT? >>I WAS HOPING YOU COULD TELL ME. >>Reporter: I WOULD SAY DON’T RISK IT. YOU ARE NICE AND SAFE UP HERE. HIGH. >>YOU BET. >>Reporter: THANK YOU SO MUCH. THEY ARE TELLING PEOPLE TO STAY HOME. STAY OFF THE ROADS. AND BECAUSE YOU CAN TELL IT IS CLEARLY NOT SAFE BUT THE PROBLEM IS THE PARENTS ARE SAYING WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO WITH OUR KIDS. CERTAINLY IF YOU ARE A PARENT YOU WANT THOSE KIDS BACK AT HOME WITH YOU, EVEN IF THE KIDS ARE SAFE IN THEIR SCHOOLS. THIS TRUCK, AS YOU CAN SEE, CREATE AS WAKE. IF YOU ARE IN A LOWER PROFILE VEHICLE AND IN THE AREA AND YOU THINK YOU MAY BE ABLE TO SQUEAK BY, IT DOESN’T WORK THAT WELL. THIS AREA OF WEST MONTGOMERY HAS NOT GONE DOWN. IT IS IS A NIGHTMARE. THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE CENTER, WORKERS WERE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT IF THEIR CARS WERE FLOODED WHEN THEY CAME OUTSIDE. THAT IS THE SITUATION HERE. STAY HOME IF YOU CAN. IT IS ROUGH AND CERTAINLY NOT A PLACE YOU WANT TO RISK TAKING YOUR CARS OUT WITH YOUR FAMILY INSIDE. GUYS? >>ABSOLUTELY. THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO BE. THERE IS NOTHING FUN ABOUT THAT. WE HAVE A LOT OF FOLKS WISHING THEY WERE SAFE AND SOUND AT HOME. MIYA, THANK YOU FOR SETTING THE SCENE FROM THERE. ERIK BARAJAS, IT IS NOT JUST THESE COUPLE OF INTERSECTIONS WE JUST SHOWED YOU. IT IS ALL OVER THE CITY. >>IT IS ALL OVER THE PLACE. I WAS COMING IN FROM THE NORTH BELTWAY ON THE EAST TEXAS FREEWAY. PEOPLE ARE DRIVING THE WRONG WAY ON THE SHOULDER. CARS ARE STALLED OUT. IT IS A MESS EVERYWHERE YOU GO. SPEAKING OF HOW BAD THE ROADS ARE, LET’S GO TO METEOROLOGIST BRHE BERRY. WHAT ARE YOU SEEING? >>>YES. WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF PROBLEMS ON 59. THIS IS TRANSSTAR CAMERA OF THE NORTH LOOP. IT IS A MESS. CARS ARE TRYING TO GET AROUND THAT. EAST WHY NORTH AND SOUTH THEY ARE MERGING ALL THESE LANES, EVEN COMING OFF THE EXIT AND TRYING TO GET ALL THE WAY OVER TO WHERE THEY THINK THE WATER IS THE LOWEST. WE HAVE SEEN CARS TRY TO BRAVE THIS, TURN AROUND AND EVEN BACK UP. ERIK WAS TELLING YOU, THEY ARE GOING THE WRONG WAY, TRYING TO FIND A SHOULDER. ONCE YOU GET OUT THERE IT IS SORT OF EVERYBODY FOR THEMSELVES AND THAT IS CAUSING ALL THESE PROBLEMS. THEY ARE SAYING SHELTER IN PLACE. DO NOT BE ON THE ROADWAYS. THIS IS THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE TO BE. IT IS NOT JUST THE WATER BUT THE OTHER DRIVERS AROUND YOU. IT IS FIGURING OUT THE BEST OPTION, PEOPLE BACKING UP, GOING THE WRONG WAY, AND IT IS FRUSTRATING BECAUSE YOU ARE SITTING IN THIS MESS. LET YOUR LOVED ONES KNOW WHEREVER THEY ARE GOING IS NOT IMPORTANT. WE ARE SEEING A MESS IN ALL THESE DIFFERENT AREAS AS WE LOOK AT THE CAMERAS. AS WE KEEP LOOKING AROUND TO THE ROADBAYS IN HOUSTON, THIS IS I-10, KATY IN WASHINGTON. THE CARS ARE GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF PROBLEMS SIMILAR TO WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ON THE EAST TEXAS WHERE CARS ARE TRYING TO SEE IF THEY CAN BRAVE IT AND THEY ARE GETTING STUCK AND IT IS A MESS. A LOT OF CARS ARE STOPPED, PEOPLE ARE GETTING OUT AND WALKING AROUND. CARS ARE REALLY UNABLE TO GET FURTHER THAT BE THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD. THEY ARE KIND OF PLANTED IN PLACE. AS WE LOOK AT THE TRANSTAR CAMERAS WE ARE GETTING A PICTURE OF HOUSTON AND THE HIGH WATER AREAS AND ISSUES. YOU HAVE FLASHING LIGHTS HERE. THIS IS I-10 EAST. THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST ONES WE ARE SEEING. THIS PICTURE IS NOT TOO BAD. THIS IS AT McCARDY. YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE CARS STUCK. I DON’T KNOW IF THEY ARE MAKING THE DECISION TO CONSCIOUSLY STOP OR MAYBE THEY HAVE THEIR CARS FLOODED OUT. WE HAVE CREWS WORKING HARD TRYING TO RESCUE ALL THESE VEHICLES BUT THERE ARE SO MANY VEHICLES ON THE ROADWAY AND ONLY SO MANY FIRST RESPONDERS THAT CAN GET THERE ON TIME. THIS IS 45 NORTH AT MT. HOUSTON. IT IS REALLY BAD OFF TO THE FEEDER. WE HAVE HIGH WATER. PEOPLE ARE GETTING STUCK ON THE INTERSTATES AND FREEWAYS. THEY ARE GETTING STUCK AND DECIDING MAYBE IF I GET OFF ON THE FEEDER, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE A LOT OF WATER HERE. THESE ARE FLOATING CARS IN THIS AREA. THIS IS ANOTHER STOCK THAT IS REALLY STICKY. WITH RESTOPPED, NOT EVEN MOVING IN THIS DIRECTION. IN A LOT OF PLACES IT IS A PROBLEM. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN. IT IS NOT WORTH PUTTING YOU OR YOUR FAMILY’S LIVES AT RISK. LET’S PULL THIS UP FOR YOU. WE ARE LOOKING AT I-10, 45. YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF THESE PLACES COMPLETELY STOPPED TRAFFIC. THIS IS 288. WE ARE SEEING THIS PROBLEM ALL OVER. A LITTLE SLOW TOWARD HUMBLE BECAUSE DAVID WAS TELLING US THE RAIN IS MOVING BUT STILL CAUSING A LOT OF PROBLEMS. EVEN IF THE RAIN STOPPED IN THIS AREA IT DOES NOT MEAN THERE ISN’T A LOT OF HIGH WATER ON THE ROADWAY. IT WILL TAKE A WHILE FOR THE WATER TO GO DOWN AND MAKE IT SAFE. IT IS CAUSING ISSUES WITH STOPPED TRAFFIC IN SO MANY PLACES. IN THE METRO AREA HOUSTON, ALL SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED. A LOT OF THE BUSES, WE ARE SEEING THE AWFUL PICTURES. THE ONE WE WERE SHARING ON ABC13.COM. IF YOU HAVE THE APP WE PUSHED THE PICTURE OUT ON INSTAGRAM. A METRO BUS AT HOBBY WITH US COMPLETELY FLOATING IN THE WATER. TO BE SAFE METRO HAS SUSPENDED ALL THOSE SERVICES AND THAT IS STILL THE CASE WITH THE HIGH WATER ON THE ROADWAYS. I-10, THIS IS CLOSED, AS WELL, HIGH WATER EAST AND WESTBOUND AT WINNIE. WE ARE SEEING ALL THESE DEVASTATING PICTURES. THIS IS IS 365 TO 73. WE DO HAVE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE I AM SHARING WITH YOU. I WILL LOOK THAT UP IN A MOMENT TO GIVE YOU THE DETAILS FOR THAT. WE HAVE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE BUT THERE IS A DETOUR WITH EVERYBODY TRYING TO GET AROUND THAT AREA. THAT IS THE MAJOR ISSUE. TAKING A LOOK AT THE ROADWAYS, PRETTY MUCH A STANDSTILL. WE ARE LOOKING AT THE HIGH WATER AREAS. THE REPORTS ARE SLOW TO COME IN AS WE DEAL WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT AREAS WITH HIGH WATER. THE BEST THING IS STAY INSIDE. WE REALLY WANT TO GET EVERYONE OFF THE ROADWAYS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. I WILL HAVE THE DETOURS FOR YOU IN JUST A MOMENT. ALSO, IF YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET ON YOUR PHONE, MAKE SURE THAT IS PLUGGED IN AND CHARGED. SO IN CASE YOU LOSE POWER YOU HAVE THE FULL BATTERY. AND ALSO ON THE APP. I AM PUSHING OUT AS MUCH INFORMATION AS I CAN. I AM GIVING YOU SNAPSHOTS SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IN YOUR AREA. THE BEST THING IS TO JUST STAY AT HOME AND OFF THE ROADWAYS. >>THE PICTURE THERE, BRHE, ON THE NORTH FREEWAY SAYS ITS ALL. YOU MAY NOT BE FLOODED OUT BUT IF YOU GET YOURSELF IN TRAFFIC YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO GET OUT. YOU WILL BE STUCK SITTING THERE. SO IF YOU CAN STAY HOME >>ABSOLUTELY. AND THE OTHER SITUATION COULD BE GETTING FLOODED OUT IN YOUR VEHICLE OR NEEDING RESCUING. THIS IS THE BEL AIR AREA, THE WEST LOOP AND BISSONNETTE. JESSICA WILLEY, YOU ARE RIGHT UNDER IS UNDERPASS. WHAT DO YOU SEE RIGHT NOW, JESSICA? >>Reporter: WE CONTINUE TO SEE CARS FLOODED OUT HERE. IT LOOKS LIKE A WRECKER IS HELPING ANOTHER VEHICLE. WE HAVE QUITE A FEW PEOPLE GATHERED HERE. >>MY WIFE WAS TAKEN IN BY A NEIGHBOR. THEY WERE NICE ENOUGH TO LET HER BE IN THE NICE, DRY HOUSE. AT LEAST I AM NOT WORRIED ABOUT HER. >>Reporter: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HERE AND WHAT ARE YOU SEEING? >>I HAVE BEEN HERE AN HOUR-AND- A-HALF. SOME CARS HAVE GOTTEN THROUGH AND SOME DON’T. >>Reporter: DOES IT LOOK LIKE THE WATER IS RECEDING? >>NOT AT ALL RUSH HOW LONG ARE YOU PREPARED TO SIT HERE? >>I HAVE NO CHOICE. I WILL BE HERE A WHILE [ LAUGHING ] >>Reporter: WHAT IS THE SITUATION WITH HER CAR? >>IT IS FLOODED OUT. >>Reporter: THAT IS UNFORTUNATE. >>YES. >>Reporter: I AM SORRY. >>YES. >>Reporter: DID SHE SAY IT CAME UP FAST OR IT CAUGHT HER OFF GUARD. >>IT CAUGHT HER OFF GUARD. A WARNING LIGHT CAME ON >>Reporter: AS WE ARE SITTING HERE WE HAVE AND PEOPLE RESCUED. A GENTLEMEN HERE WAS HELPING PEOPLE GET OUT OF THE CAR EARLIER. >>YES. THAT GENTLEMEN HELPED PEOPLE GET OUT OF CARS. >>Reporter: LEWIS, YOU HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE 11, RIGHT? >>YES, MA’AM. >>Reporter: WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN HERE SINCE THEN? >>I HAVE SEEN ALL THESE CARS GET FLOODED SINCE I HAVE BEEN HERE. THAT ONE ON THE END HAS BEEN SHIFTING AROUND BECAUSE OF THE WATER. EVERY TIME A CAR PASSES BY IT SHIFTS OVER. >>Reporter: THIS IS GOOD BUSINESS FOR YOU BUT WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND? WHAT DO YOU TELL FOLKS? >>STAY AT HOME. TURN AROUND-DON’T DROWN. JUST LIKE THE COMMERCIALS SAY. >>Reporter: AND YOU CAN STILL GET FLOODED, EVEN WHEN IT DOESN’T SEEM HIGH. >>OH, YES. >>Reporter: WHAT DO PEOPLE TELL YOU AS YOU ARE RESCUING PEOPLE FROM FLOODED WATERS? >>THEY ARE USUALLY SCARED WHENEVER THEY ARE LIKE THAT. >>Reporter: THE CITY OF BEL AIR, A HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLE OVER THERE. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE GOING THROUGH, PROBABLY CHECKING CARS. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY WILL TRY TO TURN HERE OR CHECK THESE CARS. WE HAVE CHECKED ALL THE CARS UNDER THE OVERPASS AND IT APPEARS THAT THEY ARE ALL EMPTY. ON THE OTHER SIDE THERE IS A WOMAN ON HER CAR BUT IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE SHE WANTED TO ABANDON IT. SHE WAS UP ON THE CURB. THE CAR I DON’T THINK WAS MOVING ANYMORE. SHE WAS OKAY. BUT THESE FOLKS OVER HERE ARE CHECKING FOR ANYBODY THAT MIGHT BE STRANDED. LET’S SEE IF WE CAN LISTEN IN. THE DRIVER LOOKS TO STILL BE IN HIS CAB. A POLICE OFFICER. IT LOOKS LIKE HE WILL GO CHECK THE CAB OVER HERE, SEE IF THEY ARE OKAY. HE IS TELLING THAT DRIVER RIGHT THERE IT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO GO THROUGH. HE WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT. HE HAS THE LONG, METAL POLL CHECKING FOR CURBS OR MANHOLE COVERS. WHEN WE WALK THROUGH THE WATER HE WE SHUFFLE OUR FEET. DON’T TAKE ANY BIG STEPS. THIS UPS DRIVER WILL GO THROUGH AND TOTALLY CREATE A HUGE WAKE FOR US. THIS IS A PROBLEM AREA HERE IN BEL AIR AND BISSONNETTE AT THE WEST LOOP. AS WE WATCH THE POLICE OFFICER CHECK THE CAB. IT LOOKS LIKE THE DRIVER IS IN THE BACKSEAT? I AM NOT SURE. I CAN’T GET OVER THERE THAT QUICKLY. FRANCISCO IS UP THERE. IS THAT THE CAB DRIVER? THAT BEL AIR CITY WORKER WARNED US ABOUT MANHOLE COVERS FLOATING UP. CERTAINLY THAT CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS. YOU CAN SEE ALL THE TRAFFIC BACKED UP BECAUSE OF THIS. YOU CAN SEE HIM GET HIM OUT. GET TO SAFETY. WHERE DO YOU ALL GO NOW? CAN YOU DRIVE THROUGH? WOULDN’T RECOMMEND IT? >>OH, NO. >>Reporter: THIS WATER IS ABOUT THIGH DEEP ON ME. YOU CAN SEE THOSE CITY BEL AIR PUBLIC WORKS TRUCKS BECOME RESCUE TRUCKS DURING FLOOD TIMES. THIS IS A LITTLE TENUOUS OVER HERE AS WE WALK TOWARD THE CURBS. HE IS HELPING THE CAB DRIVER TO HIGHER GROUND. THEN THEY WILL MOVE ONTO THE NEXT PLACE WHERE PEOPLE MAY NEED HELP. HE DID JUST SAY THAT THE — THE POLICE OFFICER SAID THAT IT IS MORE PROBLEMS DOWN AT THE WEST PARK EXIT AND YOU CAN SEE ALL THAT TRAFFIC UP THERE ON 59. IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT IS MOVING. I AM NOT SURE WHAT THE SITUATION IS ON THE WEST LOOP AS THEY TRY TO HEAD NORTH ON 59. IF YOU GUYS CAN STILL HEAR ME, TALK TO ME. >>YES, WE CAN HEAR YOU. WE WERE WATCHING THEM GET OUT OF THE CAB. >>Reporter: I APOLOGIZE. I COULD NOT HEAR ANYTHING FOR A WHILE. WE HAVE A LOT OF EXHAUST IN THE AIR FROM THE TRUCKS TRYING TO GET THROUGH AND NOT MAKING IT. >>YOU CAN SEE THE EXHAUST COMING OUT OF THERE. >>Reporter: THE ELECTRONICS HERE ARE NOT 100%. I WAS A LITTLE WORRIED I LOST YOU OR YOU LOST ME. >>JESSICA, WE ARE KIND OF FOLLOWING HIM — >>Reporter: HERE HE IS NOW WITH HIS BELONGINGS UP ON HIGHER GROUND. THEY ARE CHECKING ON THIS, I THINK A TRUCK UP HERE CREATING ALL THAT EXHAUST. THEY ARE CHECKING ON WHETHER THEY NEED HELP. >>JESSICA, I KNOW YOU WERE ABLE TO TALK A LITTLE BIT. JESSICA, CAN YOU HEAR US? >>Reporter: YES, I CAN HEAR YOU. >>I KNOW YOU WENT OVER THERE AND SO DID THE OTHER BEL AIR CITY EMPLOYEE. DID THE GENTLEMEN SAY WHY HE WAS JUST KIND OF SITTING THERE. WAS HE WAITING FOR SOMEBODY TO COME HELP HIM OUT? >>Reporter: I AM SORRY. CAN YOU REPEAT THAT? SAY IT AGAIN? >>WE SAW HE WAS SITTING IN THERE, RECOGNIZED BY THIS BEL AIR CITY OFFICIAL IN FRONT OF YOU, EMPLOYEE. DID THE GENTLEMEN IN THE YELLOW CAB SAY WHY HE CONTINUED TO STAY IN THERE? DID HE WANT SOMEBODY TO KIND OF HELP HIM OUT? >>Reporter: LET ME SEE IF I CAN GET OVER AND ASK HIM. IT IS HARD TO WALK VERY FAST THROUGH THESE FLOODWATERS, THAT IS WHY I APOLOGIZE. PLUS MY BOOTS ARE NOW WEIGHTED DOWN. I HAVE SOME WATER IN THERE NOW. LET ME SEE IF I CAN ASK HIM. >>WE CAN SEE THERE WERE WAVES ON HIS CAR THAT HAD BEEN MUCH DEEPER. >>Reporter: SO, YOU ARE DRY NOW. WERE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE GETTING OUT? WERE YOU WAITING FOR SOMEBODY TO RESCUE YOU? >>NO. I WAS WAITING FOR THE TOW TRUCK. >>Reporter: HAD YOU RAILROAD CALLED ONE? >>I ALL RIGHT CALLED ONE. >>Reporter: WHAT HAPPENED? DID IT COME UP FAST? >>WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT IT WAS GOING DOWN, I WAS TRYING TO MAKE A U-TURN AND GO BACK BUT THE WATER KEPT COMING. >>>THE OFFICER SAID HE DIDN’T WANT YOU SITTING IN THERE ANYMORE? >>HE DIDN’T WANT ME TO SIT IN THERE BECAUSE IT COULD CONTINUE TO BE FLOODED. IT MIGHT BE DIFFICULT FOR ME TO GET OUT AT THAT TIME. BECAUSE MY TOW TRUCK SAID HE WOULD BE HERE IN ONE TO TWO HOURS SO I WAS SITTING INSIDE THE CAR. >>Reporter: YOU WOULD BE WAITING A LONG TIME. WERE YOU COMFORTABLE? CONCERNED? >>YES. I WAS INSIDE THE VAN. I DECIDED TO WAIT UNTIL THE TOW TRUCK GETS HERE. THAT WAS THE MAIN INTENT. I WASN’T WORRIED BECAUSE I KNOW THAT I AM JUST CONCERNED ABOUT THE TRUCK DRIVING DOWN HERE. >>Reporter: SURE. IS THAT YOUR LIVELIHOOD? THAT IS WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVE SOMETHING. >>YES. THAT IS WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING? >>Reporter: WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW? SIT AND WAIT FOR THE TOW TRUCK TO COME? >>YES. >>Reporter: WHAT YOUR NAME? >>MY NAME IS MACK. >>Reporter: THANK YOU FOR TALKING TO US. I AM SORRY YOU ARE GOING THROUGH THIS. GOOD LUCK. >>NO PROBLEM. THANK YOU. MOTHER NATURE. WE CAN’T CONTROL THAT. >>Reporter: WE WILL ALL GET THROUGH IT TOGETHER. >>THANK YOU. HAVE A NICE DAY. >>Reporter: THANK YOU. WELL, IN FAIRLY GOOD SPIRITS. LET’S LOOK OVER HERE. I THINK WE HAVE ANOTHER — THEY ARE CHECKING ON THAT TRUCK. WE SAW THIS TRUCK GO THROUGH THE INTERSECTION EARLIER. THEY WERE TRYING TO MAKE IT THROUGH AND IT LOOKS LIKE WATER GOT INTO THE TAIL PIPE, THEN THEY CONTINUED TO GO. IT IS STARTING TO RAIN A LITTLE NOW. LOOK, THERE IS A CHILD BACK THERE. HELPING HER OUT. >>O, MY. I HOPE SHE IS NOT TOO SCARE AND THAT SHE KNOWS EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY. >>Reporter: YES. YOU KNOW, YOU WORRY. THE RAIN IS COMING. DO YOU GO AND PICK THEM UP NOW? DO YOU WAIT UNTIL LATER? YOU ARE NOT SURE WHAT TO DO. IS IT BETTER TO SHELTER IN PLACE? I KNOW THE SCHOOLS WANT THERE PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO GET HOME. SO IT LOOKS LIKE THERE ARE TWO CHILDREN IN THE BACKSEAT AND THE OFFICER IS HAVING THEM GET OUT AND GET TO THIS OFFICE BUILDING. THE OFFICE BUILDING TO THE RIGHT HAS BEEN A SHELTER FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE THIS AFTERNOON. FRIENDS HELPING THEM GET THEIR STUFF WITH THEIR BACKPACKS GET THEM TO THE CURB. THE CURBS ARE TRICKY AS YOU CAN IMAGINE. >>I BET. ONE OF THE KIND OF UNIQUE TOOLS THAT WE SAW, THIS OFFICER HAS THIS KIND OF WALKING STICK SO HE CAN NAVIGATE THOSE CURBS TO MAKE SURE HE DOESN’T HIT ANYTHING TRICKY WHEN HE WALKS THROUGH THE WATER WHICH IS SO MURKY YOU CAN’T SEE WHERE YOU ARE WALKING. >>Reporter: YES. IT IS DARK. IT IS HARD TO SEE ANYTHING. THIS IS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ALL THE THINGS, TOO, FLOATING IN THE WATER. >>YES. WE REALLY FEEL FOR THE MOMS TRYING TO KEEP THEIR KIDS IN A SAFE SPOT, TRYING TO GET THEM HOME FROM SCHOOL. HISD TOLD US THEY WILL BE DOING REGULAR SCHOOL DISMISSAL FOR MOST OF US COMING UP AT 3:00, 3:15, JUST BEFORE 3:00. APPARENTLY THEY ARE COUNTING ON MOST OF THOSE ROADS CLEAR ENOUGH TO GET KIDS HOME. CERTAINLY FROM ALL AUTHORITIES THE MESSAGE HAS BEEN DON’T GO TO SCHOOL TO TRY TO PICK UP THEIR KIDS. THEY ARE SAFE WHERE THEY ARE. IF IT IS NOT SAFE FOR THEM TO LEAVE THEY WILL REMAIN THERE AND STAY SAFE, BUT THEY DON’T WANT MORE PEOPLE OUT ON THE ROADWAYS, TAKING THE RISK, RISKING SOME OF THE ROADS AND ENDING UP IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS. REALLY IT IS FAR BETTER TO STAY AT SCHOOL WHERE YOUR KIDS ARE SAFE AND DRY AND WHEN THEY ARE ABLE TO GET HOME THEY WILL DO SO SAFELY. BUT IT LOOKS LIKE HSID WILL ABLE TO PRETTY MUCH STICK TO SCHEDULE. AS THE AFTERNOON PLAYS OUT WE WILL KEEP EVERYONE UPDATED. THAT WAS THE SCENE FROM JESSICA WILLEY JESS IN BEL AIR. THIS IS THE WEST LOOP WHERE WE SEE A LOT OF HIGH WATER. THE POLICE OFFICER THERE GOING VEHICLE TO VEHICLE MAKING SURE PEOPLE GET OUT OF THOSE CARS BECAUSE IF YOUR CAR HAS FLOODED OUT AND WE HEARD THE COUNTY JUDGE SAYING THIS EARLIER TODAY, YOU DO NOT WANT TO STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE. IF YOU CAN GET OUT SAFELY AND GET TO HIGHER GROUND, DO IT, LEAVE THE CAR THERE. IF THE WATER CONTINUES TO COME UP YOU WILL END UP IN A WORSE SITUATION. >>THAT WAS BISSONNETTE THERE AT THE WEST LOOP. NOW TO THE HEIGHTS WITH KTRK REPORTER SHELLEY CHILDERS. YOU PRETTY MUCH HAVE THE SAME SCENE, A LOT OF FLOODED STREETS BUT PEOPLE STILL TRYING TO GET OUT AND MAKE THEIR WAY AROUND. >>Reporter: EXACTLY. A LOT OF FLOODED STREETS. WE ARE AT AIRLINE AND GIBBS. YOU CAN SEE THOUSAND DEEP THIS INTERSECTION IS. STALLED OUT CARS. WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING THIS TINY LITTLE BLACK MAZDA TRUCK SLOWLY BEING PUSHED UP INTO THE SECTION WITH EACH HEAVY DUTY VEHICLE THAT GOES BY. THE WATER HAS BEEN PICKING UP THE TRUCK AND FLOATING IT INCH BY INCH FURTHER DOWN AIRLINE. WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING THAT FOR ABOUT AN HOUR NOW. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WALKING THROUGH HERE TRYING TO GET HOME. WE HAVE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM HIGHTOWER HIGH SCHOOL. GIRLS, YOU GUYS WERE DRIVING HOME AND YOUR CAR STALLED OUT AND YOU ARE STUCK WALKING? >>YES, MA’AM. WE WERE GOING FROM AIRLINE, THE STREET BY THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB. THE CAR SHUT DOWN SO WE STARTED WALKING. WE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO GO HOME. WE HAVE NO PLACE ELSE TO GO. >>Reporter: DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH FURTHER YOU HAVE TO WALK? >>ALL THE WAY PAST 610. >>34th STREET. >>THAT IS HOW FAR WE HAVE TO WALK. >>Reporter: SO QUITE AWAYS. >>BASICALLY. WE HEARD WALKING THE WATER IS WAIST HIGH, TO THE BELLY BUTTON AND IT IS REALLY DANGEROUS. PEOPLE AND CARS ARE CRASHING INTO EACH OTHER AND THE WATER IS BEING FLOODED UP HERE. EVEN AT OUR SCHOOL, PEOPLE ARE PARKED IN THE BACK OF THE SCHOOL IN THE WATER, THE WATER IS FLOODED TO THE TOP. WE HAD TO GET SCOOTERS TO MOVE THE CARS. >>Reporter: IT STALLED IN THE PARKING LOT? >>YES. STUDENTS ARE WALKING INTO THE SCHOOL ALL WET, GETTING A CHANGE OF CLOTHES AND HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO GO. A COUPLE STUDENTS EVEN DROPPED THEIR KEYS IN THE WATER AND THEY ARE FISHING FOR IT. THEY HAVE NO WHERE TO GO. >>Reporter: OH MY GOSH. GOD BLESS YOU GUYS. I AM SO SORRY YOU ARE HAVING TO GO THROUGH THIS. ARE YOU PREPARED TO WAIT HERE A COUPLE HOURS UNTIL THE WATER GOES DOWN OR ARE YOU REALLY NEEDING TO WALK THROUGH IT? >>WE ARE GETTING TO OUR BROTHER. HE IS STRAPPED SOMEWHERE AT THE YMCA. I AM THE ONLY ONE WITH CASH SO I HAVE TO HELP OUT. >>Reporter: OH MY GOSH. WHAT AN ORDEAL YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A NORMAL THURSDAY AND THIS RAIN REALLY HIT AND STAYED OVER HOUSTON AND FLOODED THESE STREETS AND THE HEIGHTS AREA. WE ALSO HAVE A WOMAN OVER HERE TRYING TO MAKE IT HOME BEFORE THIS GOT BAD OUT HERE. THAT DIDN’T REALLY PAN OUT FOR YOU, RIGHT? >>NO, IT DIDN’T. NO. I TRIED TO TAKE BACK ROADS BUT WATCHING THE WATER LEVELS I SAID LET ME TURN AROUND, GO BACK, ENDED UP AT HIGHER GROUND. I GOT SOMETHING TO EAT AND I AM WAITING IT OUT. >>Reporter: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WAITING? >>I LEFT WORK AROUND 11:30. I DON’T KNOW HOW LONG IT TOOK TO GET TO GOLDEN BUT I HAVE BEEN WAITING EVER SINCE. >>Reporter: OH MY. HOW LONG ARE YOU PREPARED TO WAIT THIS OUT? >>PROBABLY UNTIL TONIGHT. YES. UNTIL TONIGHT. >>Reporter: HOW MUCH FURTHER IS YOUR HOME FROM HERE? >>MAYBE ABOUT FIVE MINUTES AWAY, FIVE OR TEN MINUTES AWAY. >>Reporter: BUT NOT WORTH THAT RISK? >>NO. >>Reporter: ESPECIALLY AS YOU LOOK OUT AT THESE VEHICLES. WE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF BIG TRUCKS TRYING TO GET THROUGH THIS INTERSECTION. THEY ARE DOING IT REALLY WELL, BUT KICKING UP THAT WAKE BEHIND THEM. JUST, YOU CAN SEE THESE LITTLE CARS BEING PUSHED, THE ONES THAT ARE ALREADY STALLED OUT LITTLE BY LITTLE. IT IS JUST SO FASCINATING TO WATCH. IT IS SAD AND VERY SCARY TO WATCH. BUT THESE BIG TRUCKS TRYING TO GET THROUGH HAVE TO GET TO THEIR DESTINATION BUT THESE OTHER VEHICLES ARE STALLED OUT. WE ALSO HAVE LOUISA HERE. YOU HAVE BEEN HERE ALL AFTERNOON. YOU WORK AT THIS AUTO BODY SHOP. YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING THIS SCENE UNFOLD. HOW HAS IT CHANGED THROUGHOUT THE PAST FEW HOURS? >>IT KEEPS GETTING HIGHER. THE WATER KEEPS RISING UP >>Reporter: YOU ARE NOT GETTING FLOODED AS THE AMBULANCE PASSES BY. >>EVERY TIME THEY PASS BY THE WATER COMES IN. IT KEEPS GETTING WORSE, HIGHER AND HIGHER WHEN CARS TRY TO GO BY. RIGHT THERE THEY CAN’T GET THROUGH, SO — >>Reporter: AS YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING THESE CARS TRY TO GET THROUGH ON THEIR OWN ARE YOU IN AW THAT THESE DRIVES ARE TRYING TO DO THIS? >>YES. YOU CAN SEE THE CARS ARE STALLED. MOST OF THEM TURN AROUND AT THIS POINT RIGHT HERE BUT THERE IS NO PASSING IT. WE HAVE SEEN THREE HIGH WATER RESCUE TRUCKS GO BY SO I AM ASSUMING HERE IT IS EVEN WORSE. >>Reporter: THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN HEARING. THE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS NOW ARE TRYING TO WALK HOME. I WANT TO GIVE YOU GUYS PERSPECTIVE OF HOW DEEP IT IS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INTERSECTION AS THEY MAKE THE TREK HAND IN HAND TRYING TO GET HOME FROM HIGH SCHOOL THIS AFTERNOON HERE IN THE HEIGHTS. AND THESE CARS ARE DRIVING BY THEM AS THEY WALK, OH MY GOSH, AND THE WAKE KIND OF PUSHING THEM INTO THE UTILITY POLL. >>IT IS HOUSTON. HOPEFULLY THEY WILL BE JUST FINE. LET’S LOOK AT THIS PICTURE FROM THE TRANSTAR CAMERAS. YOU CAN SEE THE HIGH RESCUE WATER VEHICLE THERE WITH PEOPLE IN THE BACK OF IT. LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE DROPPING SOMETHING OUT OF THE BACK. NONETHELESS YOU CAN SEE THE CARS FLOATING IN THE INTERSECTION RIGHT THERE. >>YES. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A SPOT THAT IS ALONG THE FEEDER ROAD ALONG I-45. IF YOU LOOK TO THE LEFT HAND SIDE TV THE SCREEN YOU CAN SEE THE MAIN LANES ARE NOT MOVING AT ALL. THIS LOOKS TO BE INCREDIBLY DEEP WATER. WE BELIEVE THESE ARE HIGH WATER RESCUES >>YOU CAN SEE THEY ARE PROBABLY WAIST DEEP, ALMOST THE TOP OF THEIR THIGHS AS THEY ARE WALKING. THEY ARE HEADED TOWARD VEHICLES COMPLETELY UNDER WATER. THEY HAVE BEEN SUBMERGED. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE GETTING SOMEBODY — THERE MAY BE A PERSON STANDING IN BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM. THEN THEY WILL GET BACK UP TO THE LADDER, THE RED LADDER YOU SEE AT THE BACK OF THE TRUCK AND GET THAT PERSON ONTO THE BACK OF THE VEHICLE. >>WHEN YOU SEE THIS PICTURE, AS WELL, THE SILVER VEHICLE OR WHITE VEHICLE AT THE BOTTOM RIGHT OF YOUR SCREEN, THE BACK END OF THAT, THE WHEELS ARE OFF THE GROUND. THE FRONT END IS LOWER BECAUSE THE ENGINE IS IN THE FRONT BUT THEN YOU SEE A CHEVY SUV AT THE LEFT CENTER OF YOUR SCREEN. THAT ONE IS PRETTY MUCH SUNSHINE MERGED, AS WELL, THE FRONT END DOWN. LUCKILY YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE THIS PERSON CAME FROM BUT THEY KIND OF SOUGHT REFUGE THERE ON FENCE LINE RIGHT THERE. THEY MAY HAVE COME FROM ONE OF THESE VEHICLES AND WERE WAITING FOR SOMEBODY TO GET OVER THEM. LUCKILY THEY WILL GET INSIDE THE VEHICLE NOW. >>YES. WE SEE MORE PEOPLE HANGING AROUND ON THE SIDE, SORT OF ON ANY HIGH GROUND THAT THEY CAN COME UP WITH THERE. VEHICLES JUST BOBBING AROUND IN THIS WATER AND IN SOME OF THESE SPOTS THE RAIN CONTINUES TO COME DOWN. WE WILL KEEP AN EYE ON THIS MECHANICAL AND SEE IF THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO GET OUT OF THERE. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY WILL TRY TO MOVE THE VEHICLE PERHAPS AND GET THAT PERSON TO HIGHER GROUND. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH THIS. ALSO WONDERING WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW WITH THE RAINFALL. LET’S HEAD TO METEOROLOGIST COLLIN MYERS TO UPDATE US. >>YES. LOOK AT THE MEMORIAL CAMERA FROM BUFFALO BAYOU AND THE PARKWAY. LAW ENFORCEMENT IS BLOCKING OFF THE ROADWAY HERE. IF TAKE THE ZOOM IN TO RIGHT HERE. DAVID, IN FACT, IF WE COULD LOOK AT THAT. HOOK AT THE WATER COMINGS OUT HERE. TAKE A LOOK AT THAT. ZOOMING OUT. VERY, VERY HIGH LEVELS THERE AS RAIN CONTINUES TO FALL. GOING IN A LITTLE BIT. TAKE A LOOK RIGHT UP HERE. IN FACT, LOOK AT THAT. IT LOOKS LIKE COMING OUT IN ALLEN PARKWAY THERE, AS WELL. VERY, VERY HEAVY RAINFALL WE SAW HERE AND IT LOOKS LIKE THINGS HAVE LIGHTENED UP JUST A LITTLE BIT FOR CENTRAL HARRIS COUNTY. NOW THE CONCERN IS SHIFTING TO FORD BEND AND BRAZORIA COUNTIES AND ALSO GALVESTON. I AM WORRIED THIS BAND MAY STAY UP FOR QUITE A WHILE AND CONTINUE TO TRANE HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS OVER COASTING GALVESTON AND CHAMBERS COUNTY. THERE IS NO SIGN OF THIS WEAKENING. HEAVY RAIN STILL COMING DOWN. THE FLASH FLOODING CONTINUES. LOOK AT THE MEMORIAL SHOT. LOOK AT THAT. IN FACT, TAKE A LOOK. LOOK AT THE BAYOU, AS WELL >>A MANHOLE COVER. LOOKS LIKE WATER COMING OUT. THERE IS LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THIS IS — IS THAT NEAR — WHICH INTERSECTION IS THAT? THAT IS NEAR WA DRIVE, AFTER SHEPPARD, CERTAINLY. LOOK AT THE BAYOU HERE, ALMOST UP ONTO THE SIDE. AGAIN, THE WATER CAME DOWN SO QUICKLY. IMELDA IS NOW THE SEVENTH WETTEST TROPICAL CYCLONE IN U.S. HISTORY. YOU MAY SEE SEEN TWEETS. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS PUTTING OUT THE FIFTH WETTEST CYCLONE. 1950 HAD TWO OF THE TOP SEVEN WETTEST CYCLONES IN U.S. HISTORY. CLAW DEAD IN 1979. MANY OF YOU IN THIS — CLAUDETTE — HMM OF YOU REMEMBER THAT. A LIVE LOOK THERE. A FLASH FLOODING CONTINUES. A PHLOG IN HARRIS COUNTY FOR ANOTHER HALF HOUR. THIS IS CHAMBERS COUNTY, AND UNLIKE THE THUNDERSTORMS IN HARRIS COUNTY, THESE HAVE SO MUCH INSTABILITY. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE FUEL BECAUSE THEY ARE RIGHT ON THE GULF RIGHT HERE BRINGING IN THE WARM, MOISTURE AIR. ALSO WATCHING FORT BEND COUNTY. A LOT OF YOU PERHAPS HEADED TO SCHOOLS OR TO PICK UP YOUR KIDS. THIS AN AREA SEEING THUNDERSTORMS JUST NOW STARTING TO COME DOWN. LET’S ZOOM OUT A LITTLE BIT. YOU CAN SEE THE DEVELOPMENT OF ALMOST A BAND THAT IS EVEN FURTHER SOUTH OF THAT ONE WE HAD EARLIER. WHAT IS HAPPENING THESE BANDS CONTINUE TO PICK UP AND BASICALLY PICK UP ALL THE MOISTURE FURTHER TO THE SOUTH. HARRIS COUNTY, A LITTLE QUIETER NOW. BUT NOW OUR SOUTHERN COUNTIES SEEING THIS. LOOK BACK TOWARD COLUMBUS. YOU ARE SEEING THIS. BACK TOWARD FAYETTE AND LaGRANGE SEEING THIS. LET’S LOOK AT WHAT IS IN STORE WITH FUTURE TRACK HIGH RESOLUTION. THIS MODEL IS TAKING IT FURTHER TO THE SOUTH AS WE HEAD TOWARD 4:00. IN ALAMOGORDO COUNTY, BACK TOWARD VICTORIA, PALACIOS, ROCKPORT, RAIN WILL BE COMING FOR YOU AND YOU WILL SEE MORE THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOP. IT WILL DEVELOP OVER YOU. AS WE HEAD TO 5:00 AND 6:00, THANK GOODNESS AND HOPEFULLY THIS REMAINS THE CASE, IT LOOKS LIKE THE ACTIVITY KIND OF DIES DOWN. I CAN’T RULE OUT A STRAY ISOLATED STORM OR TWO AROUND THE AREA. CERTAINLY HARRIS COUNTY GETS A LITTLE BIT OF A BREAK AND A FEW ISOLATED STORMS REMAIN TO OUR NORTH. WHAT WE HAVE TO WATCH TOMORROW, EVEN THOUGH ACTIVITY SHOULD BE MORE SPARSE, WE COULD SEE THE DRAINAGE MAKE ITS WAY DOWN, THE WATER LEVEL THROUGH RIVERS, THE BAYOUS SHOULD WE SEE SOME OF THAT COME DOWN. IN THE EAST AND WEST FORK OF THE SAN JACINTO RIVER, ALL THAT WATER IS FROM EARLIER RAIN WATER, NOT LAKE CONROE. A LOT OF THAT CAME FROM THE EARLIER FLASH-FLOOD WARNINGS AND THUNDERSTORMS UP THERE. I AM STILL WATCHING A LITTLE DEVELOPMENT IT ALMOST LOOKS BACK TOWARD THE NORTHWEST FREEWAY, UP TOWARD JERSEY VILLAGE. IF WE ZOOM INTO THAT SPOT SOME OF THAT ACTIVITY HANGING AROUND AND DEVELOPING BACK TO WALLER AND HOPLY. THERE IS STILL MOISTURE AS WE TAKE A LOOK OUT THERE AND CONTINUE TO SEE THAT. ONE MORE LOOK DOWN TO THE SOUTH IN GALVESTON COUNTY. SOME OF THE RAINFALL RATES ARE EXTREMELY HIGH. LET’S PUT THE LIGHTNING BACK ON. I HAD THE LIGHTNING OFF BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY BOLTS EARLIER. IT WITH US HARD TO SEE. BUT HEAVY CELLS NORTH OF ENGELTON AND LAKE JACKSON. HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUING. HERE IS THE MEMORIAL CAMERA. YOU CAN SEE WATER REALLY OVERFLOWING THAT INTERSECTION THERE. I BELIEVE YOU CAN SEE THAT. LOOK AT THE BAYOU AT THE BOTTOM. HEAVY RAINFALL THERE. HERE GOES THIS TRUCK MOVING ON IN TOWARD THE PICTURE THERE. AGAIN, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SEE SUCH QUICK RAINFALL THAT FAST. THAT IS WHY THEY HAD TO ISSUE THE FLASH-FLOOD EMERGENCY BECAUSE IT WITH US AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY DUE TO THE SHEER AMOUNT AND HOW QUICKLY IT CAME DOWN. ALMOST 80% OF FATALITIES IN FLOOD-RELATED ACCIDENTS HAPPEN IN AUTOMOBILES SO PLEASE WITH CAREFUL. CERTAINLY IF YOU ARE IN FORT BEND, BRAZORIA COUNTIES, WE WILL KEEP YOU LIVE AND UPDATED. ALAMOGORDO, AND GALVESTON, AS THE RAIN COMES DOWN. MORE ON GALVESTON TO COME. BUT BACK TO THE ANCHORS. >>COLLIN, THANK YOU. >>>ANOTHER SPOT THAT HAS GOTTEN HIT WELL IS THE HUFFMAN CROSBY AREA. >>OUR COUNTY OFFICIALS, LOCAL OFFICIALS AND THE CON STABLE OFFICES ARE ALL OUT IN THE VEHICLES. DEBRA WHAT DO YOU SEE WHERE YOU ARE? >>Reporter: WE ARE IN THE BACK IN THIS AREA COVERED, A HIGH WATER RESCUE VEHICLE. WE ARE ON 1960 RIGHT NOW. THIS IS IN THE HOUSTON AREA. WE ARE IN HUFFMAN. THE RAIN HAS RETURNED. IT IS TERRIBLE. WHAT WE ARE SEEING HERE IS TAME. WE HAVE BEEN NO NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE MAROONED. WITH THIS OVER HERE IS THE DEPUTY. YOU SAID YOU HAVE BEEN ON >>PROBABLY LESS THAN PEOPLE MIGHT EXPECT. BUT ABOVE OUR CHEST. SEVERAL KIDS AND FAMILIES OUT OF THEIR HOMES. WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE HELPING OUT THE COMMUNITY. >>YOU SAID SOME PEOPLE, THEY ARE ALWAYS FLOODED OUT HERE. SOME IN AREAS LIKE THAT. AND YOU SAID, DESPITE THAT, THE PEOPLE ARE NOT LEAVING. >>YES, MA’AM. THEY’RE NOT LEAVING. EVEN THOUGH THEY COULD HAVE A LITTLE WATER IN THEIR HOMES, THEY’RE DECIDING TO STAY. WE DO HAVE SOME THAT DO WANT TO LEAVE. BUT SOME RATHER STAY AT THEIR HOMES. >>THERE WAS ONE FAMILY THEY DIDN’T HAVE WATER IN THEIR HOMES. WE CAN LOOK OVER THERE AND LOOK THERE, WILLIE. IT’S LIKE A RIVER, THE DRAINAGE DITCHES BECOME A RIVER. THAT’S ALL GOING DOWNSTREAM. WE WENT THROUGH ONE I THINK LAKESIDE PARK VILLAGE THAT WAS ONE AREA AND PARENTS, IF YOU HAVE KIDS OUT THERE, DO NOT LET THEM SWIM IN THIS. THIS IS SEWAGE WATER. THERE ARE ALSO SNAKES IN THIS, AS WELL. THEY ARE HITTING MORE OF THIS. WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT TO LEAVE THEIR FLOODED HOMES, DO YOU SAY ANYTHING TO THEM, WE ASK THEM, IF THEY HAVE A CHANGE OF MIND, WE’LL COME BACK AND RESCUE THEM AND GET THEM OUT SAFELY. >>IS THIS YOUR FIRST FLOOD THAT YOU’VE WORKED? >>YES, MA’AM. >> SO DESCRIBE THAT EXPERIENCE TO ME. >>SOMETHING I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BE OUT HERE IN AN ACTUAL FLOOD. BUT IT FEELS GOOD. IT FEELS GREAT TO BE ABLE TO HELP. >>Reporter: DO YOU LIVE IN THE AREA? >> NO, I DON’T LIVE IN THIS AREA. BUT OUR AREA IS GOOD AT THIS TIME. YES. >>Reporter: OKAY. AND SO THEY ARE STILL LOOKING FOR MORE PEOPLE TO PICK UP LIKE I SAID. NOT A WHOLE LOT OF DEMAND. IN THE LAST RUN, WE WERE JUST ON, NOBODY WAS HOME. BUT THEIR PETS ARE INSIDE. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN BRINGING THEIR PETS WITH THEM TO BE RESCUED. THAT’S ONE REQUIREMENT. SO AS WE CONTINUE OUR JOURNEY, WE’LL BE BACK. BACK TO YOU. >>ALL RIGHT. CERTAINLY A BUSY DAY OUT THERE FOR THEM, DEBORAH, THANK YOU. SOME GREAT ADVICE FOR EVERYBODY WATCHING OUT THERE AND WARNING US ABOUT JUST HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO STAY OUT OF THAT WATER AND NOT NEED THESE EMERGENCY CREWS TO HELP YOU OUT. >>YES, YOU DO. ALONG WITH THE RAINFALL TOTALS WE HAVE BEEN MONITORING, WE HAVE BEEN MONITORING OUR WATERWAYS ESPECIALLY THE BAYOUS IN THE AREA. WIDE OAK HAS BEEN TROUBLESOME. WE HAVE A FORMER EMPLOYEE HERE, A PRODUCER ON THE PHONE WITH US RIGHT NOW WITH SOME VIDEO OF WHITE OAK BAYOU. CAN YOU HEAR US, MARGARET? >> YES. >>WE SEE THE VIDEO YOU SENT IN. TELL US ABOUT YOUR VANTAGE POINT AND WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN SO FAR THIS MORNING. >>THIS IS AS EVERYBODY KNOWS WHITE OAK BAYOU AND IT ALWAYS FLOODS DURING WATER COMES UP. THIS CAME UP REALLY QUICKLY, THOUGH. THERE’S ALSO ANOTHER VANTAGE POINT THAT’S RIGHT DOWN THE WAY WHICH CREEPS UP ON THE HOMES. BUT THIS FILLED UP PRETTY BADLY DURING HARVEY AND THERE’S A COUPLE OF SEMIS THAT WERE TRAPPED THERE FOR SEVERAL DAYS. BUT PEOPLE ARE COMING OUT OF DOWNTOWN TRYING TO GET HOME OR COMING OFF OF 45 AND THE TRAFFIC IS JUST REALLY BUILDING HERE IN THE HEIGHTS TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM THE FLOODING. BUT WE HAVE FLOODING DOWN HERE AT WHITE OAK BAYOU. BUT ALSO, 11th STREET. IS FILLING UP AS WELL. 11th STREET. ANOTHER WEIRD THING I’M SEEING IS THE WATER IS REALLY SHOOTING UP OUT OF MANHOLE COVERS UP ALONG LIKE HIGHLAND AND WOODLANDS WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, THAT DOESN’T USUALLY HAPPEN. I HAVEN’T SEEN THAT HAPPEN IN A LONG TIME. >>WE WERE JUST WATCHING SOME OF THAT ALSO HAPPENING ALONG ALLEN PARKWAY. WE CAN SEE IT IN YOUR VIDEO THERE FROM A DISTANCE. WE CAN SEE SOME OF THAT WATER SPEWING UPWARDS. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WORRIED. FLOOD CONTROL OFFICE WAS TELLING US THAT MULTIPLE BAYOUS ARE OUT OF THEIR BANKS. WHITE OAK IS ONE OF THOSE. WE ARE SEEING SO MUCH OF THIS WATER THERE ON THE ROADS. ANY IDEA HOW CLOSE THE WATER IS COMING TO HOMES IN THAT AREA, MARGARET? >> WELL, RIGHT DOWN ALONG WHITE OAK BAYOU THAT WHOLE APARTMENT COMPLEX THE BOTTOM GETS FLOODED. THERE WAS ANOTHER SHOT WHERE THE WATER WAS COMING UP REAGAN STREET. IT’S NOT UP TO WENDELL OR WATSON BUT THIS IS THE TYPICAL FLOODING, WHAT’S NOT USUAL IS HOW FLOODED ABOVE THE BAYOU COMING DOWN ON 11th STREET. WE HAVE FLOODING ON HIGHLAND AVENUE. SO THAT’S UNUSUAL. BUT GAS STATION THAT YOU’RE SEEING RIGHT THERE, THAT WAS JUST REBUILT FROM HARVEY. IT HAD TO BE TOTALLY RIPPED OUT BECAUSE THE FLOODWATERS SAT THERE FOR SO LONG. >>IS THAT — I MEAN, I’M NOT REALLY ABLE TO SEE, BUT IS THE WATER GOING INSIDE OF THE GAS STATION THERE AGAIN? >>THAT’S THE GAS PUMP THERE YOU SEE THE TOP OF THE GAS PUMP. I COULD NOT GET OUT THERE AROUND TO SEE IF IT WAS GOING IN. BUT THERE’S THAT FLOODGATE THERE AND WHAT DID IT SAY, 8 FEET? THERE’S A FLOOD GAUGE THERE AND WHAT DID IT SAY, 8 FEET, 7 FEET? >>WHAT DO YOU SEE IN TERMS OF THE CONDITIONS RIGHT NOW? IS THE RAIN SLOWING DOWN FOR YOU AND ARE ANY OF THESE WATER LEVELS STARTING TO COME DOWN? >> THE RAIN HAS — IS DOWN TO A LIGHT DRIZZLE HERE IN THE HEIGHTS. >>OKAY. HOPEFULLY SOME GOOD NEWS FOR FOLKS STARTING TO CATCH A LITTLE BIT OF A BREAK. >>YEAH. ALL RIGHT, MARGARET, WE APPRECIATE YOU SENDING IN THE VIDEO AND GIVING US A DIFFERENT VANTAGE POINT OF WHAT THE RAIN AND FLOODING HAS BEEN DOING AROUND THE AREA. SO THANKS AGAIN. IT’S GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU, MARGARET. >>ALL RIGHT. LET’S CHECK IN WITH NICK — I BELIEVE EARLIER TODAY HE WAS IN LIBERTY COUNTY. WE WANT TO GO BACK TO WHERE FLICK, FIND OUT WHAT HE IS SEEING AT THIS POINT. NICK. >>Reporter: TRAVELED ALONG HIGHWAY 90 TOWARD BEAUMONT. IN JEFFERSON COUNTY THE WORST AREA THAT WE HAVE SEEN. THERE’S A DUMPSTER THAT THE WATER IS ALMOST UP TO THE LID. OVER HERE ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE, THAT RIGHT OVER THERE, THAT IS THE POST OFFICE. IT HAS AT LEAST TWO FEET OF WATER IN IT. AND YOU CAN SEE THE DOOR — THE DOOR SWINGING OPEN AS MORE WATER PILES IN. THERE ARE VEHICLES THAT ARE ABLE TO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS AREA. WHEN WE DROVE INTEREST DEVERS TO BEAUMONT, BUT WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE IT THROUGH. THERE ARE EMERGENCY LIGHTS DOWN THERE, AS WELL. WE DROVE THROUGH DEVERS TO BEAUMONT AND WE CONCERNED. JERRY JONES LIVES HERE IN NOME. TELL US WHAT YOU’RE SEEING HERE IN YOUR COMMUNITY. >>I BEEN HERE FOR 57 YEARS. I AIN’T NEVER SEEN NOTHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN. I BEEN TAKING CARE OF OLD FOLKS SINCE YESTERDAY EVENING IN THE RAIN IN THE FLOOD. HELPING THEM OUT. MOVING THINGS OR SHOVELING WATER OR WHATEVER, MOVING THEM OUT. I DID A LOT THIS MORNING FROM YESTERDAY TO THIS MORNING. >>Reporter: HOW QUICKLY DID THE WATER COME UP? >> REAL QUICK. REAL QUICK. BUT THEN ABOUT 20 MINUTES’ TIME, IT WAS UP THERE. >>Reporter: HOW BAD WAS THIS COMPARED TO HURRICANE HARVEY, JERRY? >> THIS IS THE WORST I EVER SEEN. GOT NOTHING ON THIS HERE. NOTHING. >>Reporter: HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL LOOKING AROUND AND SEEING ALL THESE BUSINESSES AND HOMES WHERE YOU LIVE UNDER WATER? >> IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE — LIKE THIS ISN’T — A LOT OF PEOPLE NEED HELP. SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENING LIKE THIS HERE, I THINK I SHOULD BE THE ONE HELPING OUT. THAT’S WHAT I DO. I HELP OTHER PEOPLE TO GET OUT OF THEIR HOUSE. HELP THEM WITH WHATEVER THEY GOT TO DO. I GOT TO MOVE THEM AWAY, HELP THEM MOVE UP, THINGS AROUND IN THEY HOUSE AND STUFF, PUT IT UP HIGH, THIS WAY IT WON’T GET OR NOTHING, THAT’S WHAT I DO. I HELP THEM OUT. >>Reporter: JERRY, THANK YOU SO MUCH. SO A NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT OFF OF HIGHWAY 90 AND GET TO SOME DRIER AREA. WE ARE GOING TO COME TALK TO ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. MARILYN, TELL US — YOU WERE TRYING TO FLY OUT OF HERE TODAY, RIGHT, MARILYN? >> YES. I WAS TRYING TO FLY OUT OF HOUSTON AND THE PLANES WERE DELAYED SO WE SAID WE’LL GET A, UM, A RENT A CAR AND TRY TO DRIVE TO FLORIDA TO GET ON A BOAT TO GO TO — I MEAN, TO MIAMI TO GET TO GO TO BAHAMAS. AND THIS IS WHERE WE AT. THIS IS NOT THE WATER I WANTED TO SEE. HA HA! >>Reporter: HOW ARE YOU FEELING, MARILYN, ABOUT ALL THIS? >>UM, A LITTLE ANXIOUS, NERVOUS, BUT RIGHT NOW, I’M OKAY. >>Reporter: AS YOU LOOK OUT, WHAT IS NOME AND JEFFERSON COUNTY HERE LOOK LIKE? >> HORRIBLE! I CAN’T SWIM SO IT’S LIKE, OKAY, WAIT A MINUTE, WHEN IS IT GOING TO STOP? THE RAIN HAS STOPPED. BUT THE WATER SEEMS LIKE IT’S GETTING HIGHER AND HIGHER. >>Reporter: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? I KNOW YOU WANT TO GET TO THE BAHAMAS. >>Reporter: WE GONNA WAIT IT OUT. NOT GONNA RISK MY LIFE AND MESS UP THIS CAR. SO WE JUST GONNA WAIT IT OUT. >>Reporter: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MARILYN. I WANT TO TELL EVERYONE THAT IF YOU LIVE IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, IF YOU LIVE IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, I DID SPEAK TO THE JUDGE NOT TOO LONG AGO AND HE TOLD ME THAT THIS WAS ONE AREA THAT THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT. ALSO CHINA, HAMPSHIRE IS ANOTHER LOCATION, THEY SAID THEY HAVE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE OUT THERE DOING WATER RESCUES. WE HAVE NOT SEEN ANY HERE IN NOME BUT HE DID SAY THEY HAVE A NUMBER OF RESPONDERS OUT HERE HELPING PEOPLE IN THESE UNINCORPORATED AREAS. THE DAMAGE WAS SIGNIFICANT IN SOME OF THE AREAS OUTSIDE OF BEAUMONT AND IN THE UNINCORPORATED PARTS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY. >>OUR HEARTS ARE REALLY GOING OUT TO THE PEOPLE GETTING WATER IN THE HOMES AND BASED ON WHERE YOU’RE STANDING, YOU HAD SAID REALLY RIGHT BEHIND YOU, IT SEEMS THAT WATER MUST BE IN SOME OF THE HOMES RIGHT THERE IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD. >>Reporter: NOT MUST BE. YOU CAN TELL. YOU CAN SEE IT. THE WATER — I MEAN, JUST LOOKING OUT, I CAN SEE IT IN EVERY HOME AND BUSINESS ALONG HIGHWAY 90 RIGHT HERE. SO IT’S DEFINITELY IMPACTING A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ESPECIALLY HERE IN NOME. >>WELL, WE FEEL FOR EVERYBODY OUT THERE AND MARILYN SAID IT JUST PERFECTLY, NICK, THIS IS NOT THE KIND OF WATER SHE WANTED TO SEE ON HER UPCOMING VACATION. SO WE FEEL FOR HER AS WELL. THANKS A LOT FOR THE LIVE REPORT, NICK NATARIO. >>>LET’S CHECK IN WITH BRHE BERRY. YOU ARE KEEPING UP UP-TO-DATE ON THE ROADS AND BOY, THIS IS NOT A GOOD ONE RIGHT HERE, IS IT? >> YEAH. THIS IS ONE THAT’S ROUGH. I HAVE BEEN MONITORING THIS FOR A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE I SAW CARS REALLY TRYING TO MAKE IT AND THIS ONE WE SHOWED YOU MAYBE ABOUT 30, 40 MINUTES AGO, IT WAS EVEN THAT LONG, BOTH CARS IN BOTH DIRECTIONS GOING TO THE LEFT AND RIDE SIDE AND MERGE INTO ONE LANE. BOTH DIRECTIONS COMPLETELY STOPPED ON THE WEST LOOP BECAUSE THE WATER FROM THE OVERPASS NOT PASSABLE AT ALL. THESE CARS ARE TRYING TO TURN AROUND. A LOT OF CARS STUCK. ZOOMING IN I THINK TO SHOW YOU SOME OF THAT WATER. WE HAVE WATER ON THE FEEDER OVER ON TO THE HIGHWAY. YOU HAVE ALL THAT WATER THERE. AND IT’S JUST CAUSING A SERIOUS MESS CONGESTION CARS COMPLETELY STOPPED. AND I THINK THEY WERE STOPPED FOR A GOOD 20 MINUTES AND THEN THEY DECIDED, ALL RIGHT, LET’S TRY TO GET OUT OF THIS MESS. AT THIS POINT NOW, IT LOOKS LIKE A PARKING LOT OF. I MEAN, SOME CARS ARE TURNED AROUND. SOME ARE STUCK. LET’S GO TO THE NEXT CAMERA WHILE THIS ONE TRIES TO GET SITUATED. BUT WE GOT A GOOD PICTURE OF ALL THE MESS THAT WAS GOING ON IN THAT DIRECTION. THIS IS 45 NORTH AND MOUNT HOUSTON. YOU WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT THIS. ON THE FEEDER ROADS, WE HAD HIGH WATER VEHICLE THAT HAD WENT INTO THE AREA WHERE WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF CARS FLOATING SEVERAL AND THEN THEY WERE PUTTING I THINK WE WATCHED A LADDER OUT OF THE BACK OF THE TRUCK AS THEY TRIED TO GET OUT AND HELP SOME OF THE STRANDED DRIVERS. SO JUST A LOT OF WHAT WE’RE SEEING RIGHT NOW WE SAW JESSICA WILLEY OUT THERE AND SHE WAS FOLLOWING ALONG AN OFFICER USING THAT STICK TO GET THROUGH. CARS ARE FLOATING AND THERE WAS DRIVERS NEEDING TO BE RESCUES, THIS IS ANOTHER ONE WE LOOKED AT A COUPLE OF TIMES EASTEX AT THE NORTH LOOP ANOTHER AREA THAT’S NEARLY IMPASSIBLE. I WOULD SAY IMPASSIBLE BUT EVERY NOW AND THEN WE SEE A CAR TRYING TO RISK IT. SOME ARE FLOATING, SOME STUCK. THE SEMIS HAVE BEEN SITTING HERE SINCE I GOT IN A FEW HOURS AGO. SO A LOT OF CARS DECIDING IT’S NOT WORTH IT WAITING FOR SOME OF THE WATER TO DRAIN. AS YOU CAN SEE IN THIS AREA, THE RAIN LOOKS LIKE FOR THE MOST PART HAS STOPPED. WE ARE SEEING THAT ON SOME OF THESE CAMERAS. WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE RAIN COME DOWN SO HEAVY BUT THE PROBLEM IS BECAUSE THE RAIN HAS SLOWED DOWN, THESE ROADS ARE STILL DEALING WITH THAT HIGH WATER. SO IF YOU’RE THINKING, OKAY, WELL, THE RAIN HAS LET UP, LET ME KNOW GO SOMEWHERE, MAYBE YOU HAVE TO PICK UP YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO GET TO THEM, TRUST ME, WE FEEL IT WITH OUR FAMILIES AS WELL, YOU WANT TO JUST BE WITH THEM. BUT WHEREVER THEY’RE AT IS THE SAFEST PLACE. YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET ALL THE WAY TO THEM. THEN YOU’RE STRANDING YOURSELF IN YOUR VEHICLE. THEN ONCE YOU GET TO THEM, WHAT IF YOU CAN’T GET BACK? SO THE BEST THING TO DO IS TO STAY IN PLACE EVEN IF THAT RAIN HASLET UP, DON’T RISK IT YET. CARS GET FLOODED AND STRANDED AND NOW THEY NEED EMERGENCY HELP BUT THE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS ARE DEALING WITH SO MANY PEOPLE AT THIS POINT THAT IT’S HARD TO GET TO BE AT THE SAME TIME. SO BE PATIENT, WAIT IT OUT. THIS WATER WILL RECEDE AT SOME POINT. WE HAVE TO WAIT. BUT LIKE I SAID, WHEREVER YOU ARE, IF YOU ARE AT HOME, IF YOUR FAMILY IS IN SCHOOL, THEY WILL BE SAFE THERE. YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THIS HEADACHE ON THE ROADS RIGHT NOW. WE ARE SEEING CARS GET THROUGH ON THE EASTEX BUT FOR THE MOST PART IT IS A STANDSTILL. AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT ALL ACROSS THIS AREA. THIS IS SORT OF THE PICTURE THAT WE’RE SEEING RIGHT NOW. A LOT OF THOSE CARS FLOATING. A LOT OF PEOPLE GETTING STUCK AND JUST LEAVING THEIR CAR AND THEN TRYING TO WALK ON THESE ROADS. THAT’S WHAT I’M ACTUALLY SEEING. I’M SEEING SOME PEOPLE GET OUT OF THEIR VEHICLE AND START WALKING ON THE FREEWAY AND THAT’S NOT SAFE AT ALL. YOU REALLY WANT TO STAY AT HOME IF YOU HAVE THAT OPTION. NOW, SOME OF THE OTHER PLACES I SHOWED YOU THIS EARLIER, NOTHING HAS CHANGED. I HAVE THESE POP UP, I KNOW IT’S NOT GIVING YOU THE BEST LOOK OF EXACTLY WHAT ROADS BUT I’M JUST TRYING TO GET A POINT ACROSS THAT ALL ACROSS WHETHER YOU’RE SEEING THE HIGHEST AMOUNT OF RAIN, WHETHER IT’S SORT OF WET UP IN YOUR AREA, WE ARE SEEING ALL OVER TRAFFIC JUST COMPLETELY STOPPED. REALLY NO OPTIONS TO GET AROUND. AND THAT’S ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES THAT WE’RE MONITORING. WE’RE STILL LOOKING AT METRO HOUSTON ALL THOSE SERVICES SUSPENDED. WE ARE SEEING THOSE BUSES NOT ABLE TO GET AROUND. MANY WHO HAVE JUST HAD TO STOP ON THEIR ROUTE AND TO STAY EXACTLY WHERE THEY ARE. SO IF THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT YOU WERE HOPING FOR, MAYBE YOU NORMALLY TAKE THE BUS OR THE RAIL, JUST KNOW RIGHT NOW FOR SAFETY THEY HAVE SUSPENDED THOSE SERVICE. AS SOON AS WE SEE THEM BACK OPEN, WE’LL ALERT YOU. I-10 STILL CLOSED. THEY HAVE EASTBOUND WESTBOUND. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN. PULL UP 45 AND WE CAN SHOW SOME OF THOSE ISSUES. WE ARE SEEING THE CARS FLOATING OUT ON THE FEEDER. THE ROADS ARE IMPASSIBLE. TRYING TO GET ON THE FREEWAY, THEN TRYING TO GET ON THE FEEDERS, THE SIDE ROADS, A LOT OF CARS ARE FINDING IT’S HARDER TO GET AROUND ON THE FEEDER AND THIS IS THE PROBLEM PEOPLE ARE RUNNING INTO. SO STAY IN PLACE AND AS SOON AS SOME OF THE ROADS ARE CLEAR AND ABLE TO BE SAFELY DRIVEN ON, WE’LL LET YOU KNOW. BACK TO YOU. >>>ROADS NOT LOOKING GOOD AT ALL. NO TELLING WHEN ALL THAT WATER IS GOING TO DRAIN AT SOME POINT. >>SO FOR EVERYBODY THAT’S TRYING TO GET AROUND, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A VERY TOUGH TIME INCLUDING OUR OWN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DAVID RODRIGUEZ JOINING FROM US THIS SPOT. EVERYBODY IS HEADED TO WHAT ABURG THEY ARE AFTERNOON. YOU’RE ON THE NORTH FREEWAY IN CROSS TIMBERS, IS THAT CORRECT? EVERYBODY IS HEADED TO WHAT-A- BURGER THIS AFTERNOON. >>Reporter: THAT’S CORRECT. 45 AND CROSS TIMBERS. THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE ON THE FEEDER ROAD. WATER AS FAR AS YOU CAN SEE. THERE’S NOBODY IN THAT TRUCK RIGHT THERE THAT’S SUBMERGED. COUPLE OF PEOPLE OUT HERE HAVE GONE TO CHECK THEM OUT. BUT YEAH, THIS WHAT-A-BURGER IS JUST COMPLETELY SURROUNDED BY WATER. THERE’S EMPLOYEES AND SOME CUSTOMERS JUST HANGING OUT. THEY GOT NOWHERE ELSE TO GO. I HAVE SEEN SOME REALLY STRANGE THINGS SINCE I HAVE BEEN OVER HERE. I HAVE SEEN SOMEBODY PULL UP IN A TRACTOR. GOT SOME WHAT-A-BURGER FOOD AND THEY LITERALLY JUST DROVE ON OUT OF HERE. REALLY TAKES A TRACTOR TO GET ANYWHERE. BUT STILL, THERE’S STILL A COUPLE OF VEHICLES HERE TRYING TO GET THROUGH THE WATER AND YOU GOT TO HAVE A HIGH-PROFILE VEHICLE TO DO THAT. >>YOU’RE OBVIOUSLY STUCK UP ON THE NORTH FREEWAY SO YOU’RE LOOKING DOWN AT THIS VANTAGE POINT OF CARS THAT ARE JUST COMPLETELY UNDER WATER. IT LOOKS LIKE SOME OF THEM ARE CLOSE TO BOBBING AROUND. HERE COMES A TRUCK THAT I MEAN, THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. THIS IS — THIS IS REALLY ABOUT AS HIGH AS THAT WATER CAN GET ON A TRUCK AND STILL BE ABLE TO GET THROUGH THERE. >>IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF HE MAKES IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH, A FORD F-250. >>I DON’T KNOW WHERE HE THINKS HE IS GOING. >>HIGH-RISE VEHICLE BUT TOUGH GOING. WATER GOES RIGHT OVER THERE. SO DAVID, I CAN ALSO TELL A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE PULLED OVER ON THE NORTH FREEWAY RIGHT THERE. JUST ON THE SHOULDER WAITING THIS OUT OR IS THAT BECAUSE PART OF THE FREEWAY IS CLOSED DOWN? >>>Reporter: THERE ARE SIGNS UP AHEAD THAT SAYS I-45 IS CLOSED AT NORTH MAIN DUE TO HIGH WATER. I WOULDN’T DOUBT IT BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING THAT FAR TO FIND OUT. IN FACT, FROM WEST MOUNT HOUSTON — FROM THE BELTWAY TO CROSS TIMBERS, IT’S NOTHING BUT A LINE OF CARS STACKED TWO DEEP OF PEOPLE JUST WAITING. THEY ARE PULLED OVER. THAT’S WHY IT’S A LITTLE BIT — THERE’S BARRIERS HERE AND STUFF, BUT THERE’S LIKE PEOPLE OUT HERE, THEY ARE JUST NOWHERE ELSE TO GO. >>YEAH. SO I MEAN, YOU JUST HAVE TO SIT THERE AND WAIT IT OUT WITH EVERYBODY ELSE AT THIS POINT. WE SEE SOME VEHICLES ARE CONTINUING ON IN THE MAIN LANES OF TRAFFIC THERE. BUT YOU KNOW, IF YOU ARE TRYING TO GET INTO TOWN, THERE’S — YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET THERE. SO YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO JUST SIT THERE AND WAIT WITH EVERYBODY ELSE. >>Reporter: EXACTLY. I COULDN’T GET OUT OF HERE IF I WANTED TO. AND THERE’S — IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S JUST A STOPPAGE UP AHEAD, TOO. DOESN’T SEEM LIKE THEY’RE GOING FAR. >>ALL RIGHT. WE’RE GLAD THAT YOU’RE SAFE, DAVID. I KNOW YOU’RE TRYING TO GET IN HERE. YOU KNOW, WITH THE REST OF OUR CREWS. EVERYBODY HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME MAKING IT AROUND TOWN. AND SO WE’LL CONTINUE TO GET UPDATES FROM YOU HERE AS YOU CONTINUE TO SEE ALL THE STRANGE SIGHTS OF THE WHAT-A-BURGER THERE AND EVERYBODY JUST STRANDED ON AN ISLAND. THAT’S THE SCENE ON THE NORTH FREEWAY. >>JESSICA WILLEY HAS BEEN IN THE WEST LOOP THE BELLAIRE AREA. LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE NAVIGATING ON THE FEEDER ROAD HERE. >>WE’RE WALKING RIGHT, ERIC. WALKING NORTH ON THE WEST LOOP FEEDER ROAD. THERE ARE QUITE A FEW PEOPLE STRANDED IN THEIR CARS UP IN THAT AREA. THERE’S CONSTRUCTION AHEAD OF FOR NECESSARY. FLOODING WAS EARLY IN THE MORNING SO I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE NOW. YOU CAN SEE IN THE WEST LOOP A PARKING LOT. ALL THOSE CARS TRYING TO EXIT — I KNOW A FRIEND JUST TURNED AROUND ON 59 GOING NORTH AND SOUTH AND NOTHING IS MOVING. BEHIND US, AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS CAR IS KIND OF FOLLOWING US. I’M NOT SURE HOW FAR THEY ARE GOING TO GET. BUT BEHIND US, THE TRAFFIC ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WEST LOOP INSECTION IS STUCK. NOT SURE IF THEY ARE GOING ANYWHERE ONCE THEY GET THERE. WE ARE WALKING DOWN THIS FEEDER ROAD. GLENMONT QUITE A FEW STALLED VEHICLES SO WE WANTED TO SEE WHAT THAT INTERSECTION LOOKS LIKE. WE HAD BEEN UNDER THE OVERPASS AT THE WEST LOOP IN BISSONETTE FOR A FEW HOURS AND PEOPLE HAD TAKEN SHELTER THERE ON HIGH GROUND BECAUSE THEY SAW HOW HIGH THE WATER WAS GETTING AND DIDN’T WANT TO GET INTO IT. WE DID, UNFORTUNATELY, SEE QUITE A FEW CARS TRY TO GET THROUGH. SEVERAL VEHICLES STALLED, PEOPLE TRAPPED IN THEIR VEHICLES. SOME GOOD SAMARITANS HELPED THEM OUT ALONG WITH POLICE OFFICERS IN THOSE HIGH RESCUE VEHICLES. BUT YOU CAN SEE UP THERE ON THE WEST LOOP, FRAN, IF YOU CAN SHOW THE WEST LOOP, THOSE TRUCKS ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE. THAT’S THE SITUATION OVER IN THE BELLAIRE AREA NEAR SOUTHWEST HOUSTON AND IT IS NOT A GOOD LOOK. GUYS, BACK TO YOU. >>YEAH. JESSICA, UNFORTUNATELY, YOU’RE DOING WHAT A LOT OF STRANDED MOTORISTS ARE DOING, BASICALLY TREKKING THROUGH SOME WATER THAT’S DEFINITELY UP TO YOUR CAVS. WE COULD SEE RIGHT THERE. WE KNOW CARS STALLED AND PULLED OVER AND U-TURNS IN THE FREEWAY. MAKE YOUR WAY TO FOREIGN NECESSARY, FORENESS. >>ANOTHER SHOT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING AND I KNOW THERE WAS AN IMAGE OF A METRO BUS THAT WE WERE SHARING NEAR IAH NEAR THE BIG AIRPORT. MARLA CARTER IS STANDING BY THERE WITH AN UPDATE ON WHAT THINGS ARE LOOKING LIKE AROUND THE AIRPORT. >>Reporter: WE HAVE THE BEFORE AND AFTER SHOT. AFTER THIS TRUCK PASSES BY, YOU WILL SEE THE WATERMARK IN THE FRONT OF THAT BUS AND JUST SEE HOW HIGH THAT WATER WAS. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU LOOK BY A SIDE-BY-SIDE IMAGE. OBVIOUSLY SEVERAL FEET WHAT FOUR, FIVE FEET HIGH THAT WATERMARK AND WATER REALLY OVER ALL THIS AREA AND, IN FACT, THE ROADS TO THE AIRPORT WERE IMPASSIBLE. I TALK TO A DRIVER WHO WAS WAITING UP TO SIX HOURS JUST TO GET TO THE AIRPORT. FORTUNATELY, TRAFFIC IS MOVING NOW. IT IS DOWN TO ONE LANE AS YOU CAN SEE, PRETTY BACKED UP GETTING INTO IAH. IT WAS AT A GROUND STOP BOTH AIRPORTS FOR SOME TIME. BUT NOW AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE’S ACTUALLY A PLANE TAKING OFF NOW SO WE ARE SEEING SOME PLANES LEAVING THE AIRPORT AT THIS POINT. SO DEFINITELY MAKING PROGRESS HERE. BUT SLOW-MOVING AT IAH. MAJOR DELAYS HERE AS A RESULT OF ALL THAT WEATHER AND AGAIN, SOME OF THE ROADS WERE IMPASSIBLE. TWO OF THEM, WITH JFK AND WILL CLAYTON WERE IMPASSIBLE FOR A NUMBER OF HOURS. WE SAW IT A LOT FOR SEVERAL HOURS PEOPLE TAKING IT UPON THEMSELVES WHO GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE THEY WERE IN, AND WALK. WALK WITH THEIR LUGGAGE AND JUST GO TO THE AIRPORT THAT WAY. THE AIRPORT IS FAR. A COUPLE OF PEOPLE THAT WAY WALKING UP TO THE AIRPORT FROM HERE. AND THEY DECIDED THAT THAT’S WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO WALK WITH THEIR LUGGAGE INSTEAD OF WADE THROUGH ALL THE TRAFFIC. SO GOOD NEWS AT LEAST AS FAR AS SOME MOVEMENT. BUT DEFINITELY SLOW-MOVING HERE AT IAH. BACK TO YOU. >>BOY, SOME AMAZING PICTURES RIGHT THERE. EVEN THOUGH THE WATER IS GONE DOWN, MARLA, PEOPLE WALKING WITH THEIR LUGGAGE TRYING TO MAKE THAT FLIGHT TO GET WHERE THEY NEED TO GET. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU FOR THE LIVE REPORT THERE. >>WANT TO MENTION THAT LAKEWOOD CHURCH MATTRESS MAX SOME OF THE DIFFERENT PLACES THAT HAD OPENED UP SHELTERS, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF A PLACE TO GO TONIGHT, THEY HAVE OPENED THEIR DOORS TO YOU. AND THE COUNTY WAS ALSO WORKING ON13 OTHER SHELTERS THAT WILL BE OPENING AS NEEDED. WE HAVE THOSE ON OUR WEBSITE. IN THE MEANTIME ONE AREA THAT’S SEEING A LOT OF WATER, THERE’S DENISE, RESCUES TAKING PLACE IS HUFFMAN. >>CROSBY HUFFMAN AREA. DEBORAH, WE KNOW YOU GUYS WERE NAVIGATING DIFFERENT AREAS. WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND NOW? >>Reporter: WELL, WE’RE ON PLUM GROVE ROAD AND THIS AREA IS KNOWN AS EAST RIVER ESTATES. AND IF YOU LOOK BEHIND HERE, YOU SEE THIS TRUCK. THIS IS WHAT WE’RE ON. YOU SEE HOW TALL THE TIRES ARE. HOW BIG THE CLEARANCE IS. THIS TRUCK HAD TO STOP WHERE IT IS BECAUSE THE WATER DOWN THAT ROAD, TAKE A LOOK DOWN THERE, YOU CAN SEE THE LIGHT POLE IS PROBABLY FOUR FEET MORE DEEP AND THERE WAS A PERSON, A FAMILY ASKING FOR A RESCUE, THIS TRUCK CANNOT MAKE IT DOWN THERE. SO THE TRUCK IS GOING TO LEAVE. THERE WILL BE A BOAT THAT COMES TO GET PEOPLE OUT. BUT THE WATER HERE IT’S STILL APPEARS TO BE GOING UP AT THIS POINT. ALL OVER THIS AREA. WE HAVE SEEN THINGS LIKE THIS BUT THIS IS THE WORST THAT’S BEN ENCOUNTERED SO FAR AND IT’S THE FIRST TIME THIS TRUCK HAS HAD TO PUT ON ITS BRAKES. THE DRIVERS, THE DEPUTIES, SAY THEY CAN’T GO ANY MORE. THE WATER AROUND HERE, THIS IS AGAIN — THIS IS REALLY NASTY WATER. THERE ARE SNAKES IN HERE. OH, I ALMOST WENT IN A DITCH HERE. WHOEVER IS ASKING FOR HELP, IF YOU ARE WATCHING, IT’S ON THE WAY. BUT IT’S GOING TO COME IN THE FORM OF A BOAT. BACK TO YOU. >>THAT’S SOME HIGH WATER DOWN THERE IN THE PLUM GROVE AREA OF THE EAST RIVER THERE IN HUFFMAN. NOT TOO FAR OFF 1960. >>WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR NUMBERS ON HOW MANY HOMES ARE AFFECTED ALL AROUND SOUTHEAST TEXAS, NOT JUST IN HARRIS COUNTY BUT WHEN WE SEE IMAGES LIKE THAT, WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE BACK THERE BEYOND THAT STOP SIGN. SO WE’LL CONTINUE TO GET UPDATES AS WE CAN. IN THE MEANTIME, WE’RE TRYING TO KEEP YOU UPDATED ON JUST HOW BAD THE ROADWAYS ARE. BRHE BERRY IS KEEPING AN EYE ON WHAT’S HAPPENING AND YOU KNOW, THIS IS DEFINITELY LETS YOU KNOW THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO TRY TO GET OUT AND GO ANYWHERE RIGHT NOW. IT’S NOT GETTING ANY BETTER. >>IT’S NOT. ACTUALLY, I WOULD ARGUE IN SOME SPOTS, IT’S GETTING WORSE BECAUSE NOW I THINK, YOU KNOW, IT’S GETTING A LITTLE BUSY. PEOPLE WERE WAITING INSIDE THEIR OFFICES OR MAYBE IT’S TIME TO GET THEIR KIDS. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE EASTEX. THIS IS THE NORTH LOOP. THIS IS THE CAMERA I HAVE BEEN SHOWING YOU BECAUSE. TO REITERATE THAT A LOT OF AT LEAST PLACES AREN’T GETTING THE RELIEF WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE. HIGH WATER ON THE ROADWAY, WE HAVE A COUPLE OF CARS HERE ON THE EASTEX WHO TRIED TO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS WATER. THAT’S NOT THE CASE. THESE CARS ARE STUCK AND FLOATING AND CARS STUCK BEHIND THEM. 45 NORTH, MOSTLY THE ISSUE ON THE FEEDER, THE HIGH WATER RESCUE VEHICLE TRIED TO SAVE STRANDED DRIVERS SO THIS IS STILL A PROBLEM WE’RE SEEING IN THIS AREA. WE CAN’T QUITE SEE THERE A LITTLE BIT FURTHER PAST BEHIND ME HERE IN THE CAMERA. 45 SOME SPOTS YOU GET THROUGH BUT IT’S HARD TO DETERMINE WHERE THE AREAS OF HIGH WATER R YOU CAN SEE RIGHT HERE AT MOUNT HOUSTON, WE HAVE SERIOUS DELAYS. WE HAVE PEOPLE STANDING OUTSIDE OF THE CARS RIGHT NOW WHICH IS NOT SAFE. THEY ARE TRYING TO EXIT OFF. SOME CARS ARE ABLE TO MOVE. IT’S SLOW MOVING. KATY THE WEST LOOP, THIS CAMERA IS ACTUALLY MOVING RIGHT NOW. IF THEY SPUN AROUND TO THE OTHER DIRECTION WE’LL SEE THAT HERE AT THE WEST LOOP. THEY ARE SEEING HIGH WATER. I-10 KATY AT THE WEST LOOP AND VARIOUS SPOTS HIGH WATER MAKING IT IMPASSIBLE FOR THESE VEHICLES. THE CAMERA IS OFF THERE. 610 WEST LOOP AT POST OAK WE SAW HIGH WATER EARLIER TODAY. THAT HAS NOW DROPPED DOWN TO WHERE CARS SO WE HAVE THE SCARS THAT ARE STUCK IN HEAVY TRAFFIC TRYING TO GET THROUGH. THERE ARE SOME AREAS OF HIGH WATER IN CARS THAT ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT THROUGH AND THEY ARE GETTING FLOODED OUT AND STUCK. THE OTHER ISSUE IS, CARS THAT TRY TO GO FOR IT, THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO. WE HAVE A FREEWAY OR ELAINE THERE ARE SOME THAT WANT TO PUSH THEIR IT. THAT IS WHEN IT GETS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. SO THE BIG BEST THING TO DO, CALL YOUR LOVED ONES IF THEY ARE OUT ON THE ROADWAYS. TELL THEM TO JUST STAY THERE. WHERE EVER ANYONE IS, THEY ARE IN THE SAFEST SPOT IT CAN BE. >>>A ABC13 EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 3:00 STARTS RIGHT NOW. >>>WE HAVE BEEN HERE IN THE PLAZA FOR LESS THAN AN HOUR AND THE WATER IS RISING QUICKLY. >>Reporter: AN ABILITY IS PULLING IN NOW. WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT INJURIES BUT A ROOF COLLAPSED ON THIS POST OFFICE. TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THAT. >>OVER THE NEXT-FOUR HOURS, JUST STAY WHERE YOU ARE. >>Reporter: TAKE A LOOK. THIS IS THE MAIN DRAG. IT IS COVERED IN WATER. >>I DON’T KNOW WHAT I AM GOING TO DO. >>Reporter: TAKE A LOOK AT THIS OVER HERE. THERE IS ACTUALLY SOMEONE WITH A BACKHOE OVER THERE. YOU ARE NOT SEEING THINGS ON TV. HE IS BUILDING A MOAT AROUND HIS HOUSE. >>Reporter: TAKE A LOOK AT ALL OF THIS. WE HAVE SEEN THIS. ALL OF THIS PLANT MATERIAL STUCK IN THE TIRES. >>IT SOUNDED LIKE IT WAS FALLING ON MY HOUSE. >>Reporter: AN AND NORMA’S TREE FELL ON TOP OF A HOME BECAUSE THE GROUND WAS SO SATURATED. WE HAVE SEEN SO MUCH RAIN HERE. >>IT IS GOING TO BE OKAY. IT IS JUST A HOUSE. >>IT IS JUST SO HEARTBREAKING TO SEE. WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS AND WE KNOW JUST HOW DIFFICULT IT CAN BE. HEAVY RAIN IS PRODUCING FLOODING ACROSS THE AREA. WELCOME TO THE NEWS AT 3:00. I AM MAYRA MORENO. >>AND I AM CHAUNCY GLOVER. THIS MESS IS WIDESPREAD ACROSS THE AREA. HERE IS WHAT IS GOING ON SO FAR. GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT HAS CLEARLY STATED DISASTER IN 13 COUNTIES. AND A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT IN NUMEROUS COUNTIES. >>ALL FLIGHTS ARE SUSPENDED AND ALL CAMPUSES ARE BE DISMISSED UNDER A NORMAL SCHEDULE TODAY. SOME BUSES MAY BE DELAYED BECAUSE OF THE ROAD CONDITIONS OUT THERE. >>THIS TROPICAL SYSTEM HAS CREATED THE WORST RENTAL IN U.S. HISTORY. >>OUR CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DAVID TILLMAN HAS MORE. >>>WE HAVE A NEW FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR CENTRAL HARRIS COUNTY. DOWNTOWN HOUSTON ALL THE WAY TO THE NORTH AND EAST IS UNDER A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY. IF YOU GO WEST, SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH OF HOUSTON, THAT IS PRETTY MUCH A FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS. WE HAVE TREMENDOUS RAIN FALLING OVER TEXAS. THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH RAINFALL IN CENTRAL HARRIS COUNTY BUT THAT THIS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY SAYS ONLY ONE INCH IS GOING TO FALL BUT BECAUSE SO MUCH HAS FALLEN ALREADY THEY HAVE ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY INSTEAD OF A WARNING. THIS EMERGENCY GOES UNTIL 4:45 PM. THIS IS A HUGE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FROM CONROE ALL THE WAY TO THE SOUTH. I GOT DONNA TO GALVESTON COUNTY AND OVER TOWARDS WARNING COUNTY AND WE ARE LOOKING AT A FLASH FLOOD WARNING THAT IS IN EFFECT RIGHT NOW. RAINFALL RATES HAVE COME DOWN BUT WE ARE SEEING SOME POCKETS OF MODERATE AND HEAVY RAIN. BECAUSE THERE IS NOWHERE FOR THE RAIN TO GO, BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH STANDING WATER AROUND, EVEN THIS AMOUNT OF RAIN IS ENOUGH TO CAUSE PROBLEMS OUT THERE IN HOUSTON. TRAVEL IS STILL NOT RECOMMENDED OVER MOST OF HOUSTON HARRIS COUNTY BECAUSE OF THE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY IN EFFECT. WE HAVE HEAVY RAIN IN PARTS OF COLORADO COUNTY IN THAT GOES INTO WHARTON COUNTY AND FORT BEND COUNTY. THEY ARE GETTING HEAVY RAIN AS WELL. THERE IS WHARTON. OVER FARTHER TO THE EAST IS MISSOURI CITY AND THE HEAVIEST RAIN IS TO THE SOUTH OF THERE. IT IS REALLY POURING DOWN TOWARDS THE ANGLETON AREA. IT IS WORKING ITS WAY HERE VERY SLOWLY AT ABOUT 5-10 MILES PER HOUR. IT HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY POURING ON GALVESTON ISLAND AND ON THE PENINSULA FOR SEVERAL HOURS. PARTS OF HIGHWAY 87 ARE UNDERWATER AT THIS TIME ON THE PENINSULA. NO RAIN IN SIGHT. THIS IS A SERIOUS SITUATION THAT IS OCCURRING IN GALVESTON COUNTY, ESPECIALLY OVER PARTS OF GALVESTON ISLAND AND THE PENINSULA AT THIS TIME. A LIVE SHOT SHOWS A CLEARING LINE IN NORTHWEST PARTS OF HARRIS COUNTY RIGHT NOW. I DO HAVE A COMPUTER MODEL TRYING TO INDICATE THE POSSIBILITY OF REDEVELOPMENT OVER HERE. WE ARE NOT BUYING IT JUST YET BUT WE NEED TO GET RID OF THE RATE ON THE RADAR BEFORE THINGS BEGIN TO GET BETTER. THAT MAY NOT HAPPEN IN HOUSTON FOR ANOTHER HOUR OR TWO AT LEAST. WE HAVE A LONG AFTERNOON AND EVENING AHEAD OF US. >>THANK YOU, DAVID. WE HAVE ABC13 REPORTER JESSICA WILLIE LIVE IN BEL AIR. >>I KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN THERE FOR QUITE SOME TIME JESSICA. WHAT ARE YOU SEEING AT THIS HOUR? >>Reporter: WE MOVED DOWN FROM WHERE WE WERE EARLIER FOR NOW. IT IS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME AS WHAT WE WERE SEEING AT BISSONETTE AND THE WESLEY. THE WATER IS JUST A BIT LOWER HERE. BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, SOME DRIVERS ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY. THAT VERY NICE MERCEDES IS GETTING SOME HELP FROM A TOW TRUCK DRIVER THERE. WE ALSO HAVE ANOTHER STALLED VEHICLE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER ON HERE. A LOT OF, THE LOWER CLEARANCE ONES. THE CARS, SOME OF THESE TRUCKS ARE GETTING THROUGH IN THIS AREA. BUT THEY ARE CREATING WAVES AND NOT MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE HANGING OUT AT THIS GAS STATION HERE. THEY ARE WAITING FOR THIS WATER TO RECEDE. IT IS MUCH WORSE AT THE BISSONETTE WEST LOOP INTERSECTION. WE WERE TRYING TO GET TO BISSONETTE WHEN WE GOT THIS INFORMATION THAT THEY WERE CLOSED EARLIER TODAY. BY THAT TIME IT HAD ALREADY TAKEN ON WATER. AND MORE RAIN WAS COMING DOWN CREATING BIG PROBLEMS ALL OVER THE SOUTHWEST HOUSTON AREA. BACK TO YOU. >>THAT IS PRETTY CRAZY. WHERE THESE FOLKS HEADED HOME FROM WORK? OR WERE THEY WERE GOING? I KNOW YOU MENTIONED THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STOPPED AT THAT GAS STATION WAITING IT OUT. >>WELL, WE TALKED WITH A MOM WHO HAD HER CHILDREN IN HER CAR. AND, THEY GET STUCK AT THE INTERSECTION JUST TO THE SOUTH OF US. AND ANOTHER MOM IS HERE WITH HER KIDS. AFTER HAVING PICKED THEM UP AFTER SCHOOL AND THEY WERE TRYING TO GET HOME. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE TRY TO LEAVE EARLY OR GET THEIR KIDS FROM SCHOOL AND FIGURED OUT THEY COULD NOT GET HOME. WE JUST TALKED TO ONE WOMAN WHO SAID SHE NEEDED TO GET TO THE CYPRESS AREA. AND THAT WAS GOING TO BE A LONG HAUL AND SHE WAS GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT HERE FOR QUITE A WHILE BEFORE TRAFFIC STARTED MOVING. WE DON’T HAVE A GOOD SHOT OF IT, BUT THE FREEWAY HERE, THE WEST LOOP AT THE 59 INTERCHANGE, IT IS A MESS. IT IS AT A STANDSTILL. YOU CAN SEE DOWN HERE, THE FEEDER ROAD SOUTHBOUND AND CARS ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE. AND YOU CAN SEE BEYOND THAT, THOSE RED LIGHTS, THE TAIL LIGHTS UP THERE ON THE WESLEY. AND THAT JUST DOES NOT LOOK GOOD LIKE A GOOD PLACE TO BE IN. >>I GUESS THAT IS THE SITUATION. SOME FOLKS ARE TRYING TO GET TO A SAFE PLACE AND THEY END UP ON THE HIGHWAY AND THEN THEY FEEL LIKE GETTING OFF THE HIGHWAY SO THEY DON’T GET STUCK AND THEN THEY END UP IN THE SITUATION. >>HE SAFE OUT THERE JESSICA. LET’S GO TO NEARBY WEST UNIVERSITY. >>POLICE POSTED THIS PHOTO AS A WARNING TO DRIVERS. DO NOT GO INTO HIGH WATER. WE SAY THIS TIME AND TIME AGAIN. >>TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN. SOME PEOPLE THINK THEY CAN FIGURE IT OUT OR THEY KNOW THE ROADS. DON’T CHANCE IT. WE ARE GOING OUT TO DAVID RODRIGUEZ AND HE IS LIVE ON THE FREEWAY. I KNOW THE WATER IS PRETTY HIGH UP THERE WHERE YOU ARE AS WELL. >>IT IS. LET ME JUST SHOW YOU REAL QUICK. THIS RIGHT HERE IS THE WHATABURGER AT I-45 AND CROSSTIMBERS. YOU CAN SEE WATER IS EVERYWHERE. THE PLACE IS SURROUNDED. THERE IS A TRUCK THAT HAS BEEN ABANDONED. NOBODY IS INSIDE OF IT. WHEN I WAS TALKING TO YOU EARLIER, THE TRAFFIC SITUATION HAS GOTTEN WORSE. IT WAS ABOUT TWO CARS DEEP, JUST MY CAR AND THEN ANOTHER ROW OF CARS AND AS YOU CAN SEE, NOBODY IS MOVING NOW. THIS IS I-45 SOUTHBOUND RIGHT BEFORE THE NORTH SLEEP. NOBODY IS MOVING INTO TOWN AND NOBODY IS MOVING OUT OF TOWN. IT IS PRETTY MUCH, PEOPLE ARE JUST STUCK RIGHT HERE. THIS IS SERGIO, RIGHT? >>YES. >>SERGIO, WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE WATER STARTED RISING? >>WE WERE AT CROSSTIMBERS. ME AND MY GRANDMOTHER WERE OVER THERE. THE WATER ROSE UP. ONCE IT ROSE UP, WE GOT PICKED UP BY FIRE AND RESCUE. THEY TOOK US HERE TO THE WHATABURGER AND NOW WE ARE JUST TRYING TO GET TO EVEN HIGHER GROUND. >>IS IT JUST WAIT AND SEE AT THIS POINT? OR DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO DO? >>WE ARE JUST HOPING IT DIES DOWN. >>LOOK AT THIS. WE HAVE A TRUCK FULL OF PROBABLY CARS THAT HAS STALLED OUT PREVIOUSLY. AND, IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GET ANYWHERE >>I REALLY FEEL FOR THESE PEOPLE. SOMETIMES PEOPLE THINK THEY NEED TO GET TO SOMEONE BUT SOMETIMES YOU JUST DON’T KNOW WHERE THE HEAVIEST FLOODING IS. >>THIS IS A HUGE TRUCK AND TRAILER HERE AND THEY CAN’T GET THROUGH. THAT WHATABURGER IS JUST SURROUNDED BY ALL OF THAT WATER. THESE ARE PICTURES THAT YOU WANT TO WATCH FROM HOME AND SAY YOU KNOW YOU HAVE SOMEWHERE TO BE BUT JUST STAY HOME. THANK YOU, DAVID. ABC13 REPORTER TED OBERG IS REPORTING AS WELL. NOW YOU HAVE BEEN SEEING SOME INCREDIBLE IMAGES HAPPENING RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES. WHAT IS THE LATEST THERE IN THAT AREA X >>Reporter: RIGHT BETWEEN PORTER IN KINGWOOD, ON THE NORTHERN EDGE OF THE CITY, THE WATER IS ACTUALLY DOWN. IF YOU LOOK OVER THIS FENCE HERE THERE ARE THREE OR FOUR BRAND-NEW TRACKS. THEY SAY THIS IS JUST AS BAD AS IT WAS DURING HARVEY BUT THE THING THAT MAKES THIS WORSE IS THAT IT CAME UP WITHOUT WARNING. WITH HARVEY THEY HAD DAYS AND DAYS OF ADVANCE NOTICE. BUT THEY SAID THIS WATER JUST CAME UP SO FAST. THEY SAID WITH HARVEY IT CAME UP A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME IN THE COULD GET CARS OUT. BUT WITH THIS, THEY HAD NO WAY TO GET THEIR CARS OUT. OR ANYTHING OUT OF THEIR HOMES. WHAT WE ARE SEEING NOW IS A LOT OF THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE HERE ON THE HIGH PART OF THE STREET GOING DOWN TO CHECK ON THEIR FRIENDS THAT LIVE DOWN HERE AT THE OTHER END OF THE STREET. PART OF THE REASON, CHAUNCY AND MAYRA , WE CAME DOWN HERE TO CONNECT WITH A FAMILY THAT LOST THEIR HOME DURING HARVEY. WE THINK THAT SHE HAS BEEN ABLE TO KEEP HER HOME BUT HER SECOND HOME IS RIGHT DOWN HERE ON THE EDGE OF PEACH CREEK ON THE EDGE OF KINGWOOD AND THEY HAVE SEVERAL FEET INSIDE OF THE HOME. THESE NEIGHBORHOODS ARE TIRED OF REBUILDING. THIS IS AN ARDUOUS PROCESS AND IT IS PAINFUL FOR EVERYONE BACK HERE TO WATCH WHAT IS HAPPENING OUT HERE TIME AND TIME AGAIN. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THIS, WALKING DOWN THIS STREET, THIGH DEEP IN WATER IT IS JUST NOT THE WAY THAT THIS SHOULD BE. EVERYONE SAID IT WAS JUST TAKING TOO LONG. CAN WE TALK TO YOU FOR JUST A QUICK SECOND? PADDLE OVER THIS WAY IF YOU CAN. THE CURRENT, ONCE YOU GET OUT IN THE OPEN, DON’T GO TOO FAR DOWN. WE ARE LIVE ON CHANNEL 13. DO YOU LIVE DOWN THIS WAY OR DO HAVE FRIENDS? >>MY FAMILY LIVES HERE. >>Reporter: DON’T TIP OVER THERE. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF ALL OF THIS? >>WELL, IT IS KIND OF A MESS. >>Reporter: HOW QUICKLY DID THIS WATER COME UP TODAY? >>IT WAS PASSED THAT HOUSE AT 8:00 A.M. AND THEN NOW IT IS HERE. >>Reporter: SO AT 8:00 A.M. THERE WAS NO WATER ON THE ROAD. >>THERE WAS BUT NOT VERY FAR. >>Reporter: AND OUT THERE ARE SEVERAL FEET OF WATER IN HOMES. >>YES. TRUCK WAS ANYONE ABLE TO PREPARE FOR THIS? >>NOT A LOT OF TIME. >>Reporter: WHERE ARE YOU AT NOW? >>I HAVE TO GO GRAB MY DAD’S TRUCK KEYS. >>WILL YOU HAVE IMPORTANT WORK TO DO. PLEASE BE SAFE. TAKE CARE. SO THE WATER IS NOT COMING UP STILL BUT IT IS NOT GOING AWAY AND IT IS CONTINUING TO FLOW. AS HE PADDLES AWAY YOU CAN SEE THE CURRENT WILL TAKE HIM THERE A LITTLE BIT TO THE RIGHT IF HE IS NOT CAREFUL. WE HAVE SEEN PLENTY OF DEBRIS FLOAT BY THERE. IT REALLY IS AN SAD SITUATION OUT HERE. IN KINGWOOD AND OTHER PARTS WE HAVE SEEN PLENTY OF HIGH WATER TRUCKS PLUCKING PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOMES WITH WATER ON THE STREETS BUT NOT INSIDE THEIR HOMES. SO THAT IS WHAT WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF. HERE IT IS A DIFFERENT SITUATION ON THE STREET. NOT A GOOD THING AT ALL. FOR THESE PEOPLE THAT A REPEAT FLOOD VICTIMS TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH AGAIN. >>NOT GOOD AT ALL. I HAVE BEEN A FLOOD VICTIM AND ONCE YOU GO THROUGH IT ONCE, IT STAYS WITH YOU. JUST IMAGINING THESE FOLKS HAVING TO DO IT A SECOND AND THIRD TIME, IT IS NOT GOOD. OUR HEARTS EVIDENTLY GO OUT TO THEM. THANK YOU, TED. >>WE HAVE SOME WE HAVE BEEN SEEING FLOOD CONDITIONS ACROSS THE AREA. SO, LET’S GO OVER TO BRHE BERRY FOR A LOOK AT THE WORST SPOTS. >>Reporter: WHILE THIS ONE HERE AT I-35 IN HOUSTON HAS BEEN THE WORST. OVER HERE, THIS ABC13 LOGO IS IN FRONT OF IT BUT THERE ARE A COUPLE OF CARS FLOATING IN THE FEEDER. AND THAT IS WHY THESE CARS ARE STUCK EATING OFF OF I-45 NORTH. THERE ARE SOME CARS PASSING IN THE LEFT LANE BUT THERE IS A HUGE BUILDUP. THIS SAME GROUP HAS BEEN HERE FOR HOURS. THEY ARE WAITING UNTIL IT IS POSSIBLE TO GET TO GET THROUGH HERE ON THE FEEDER. THERE ARE CARS FLOATING ON 45 N. WE ARE SEEING SOME OF THOSE HIGH WATER RESCUES IN THE AREA. THE EASTEX FREEWAY, THIS IS BEEN AT A STANDSTILL FOR OVER AN HOUR NOW. RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE SOME CARS THAT HAVE FLASHING LIGHTS OVER HERE. THEY TRIED TO MAKE IT AND THEY STARTED FLOATING AND THEN HAD TO BE RESCUED. SO, THE EASTEX FREEWAY AT THE LOOP IS NOT PASSABLE AT ALL. HERE, THIS IS OLD KATIE ROAD. THERE IS A LOT OF HIGH WATER HERE. A LOT OF THESE ROADS ARE COMPLETELY CLOSED. THIS CAMERA SPUN AROUND TO THE FEEDER ROAD AND THERE WERE CARS IN PARKING LOTS. IT WAS AN OFFICE BUILDING AND ALL OF THE CARS WERE COMPLETELY COVERED. SO WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF THOSE ISSUES. I DO WANT TO SHOW YOU THE SOUTHWEST FREEWAY. TRAFFIC WAS COMPLETELY STOPPED. NOW, TRAFFIC IS MOVING. SO SOME OF THE WATER HAS RECEDED ENOUGH FOR PEOPLE TO GET THROUGH. SO THIS IS SOME RELIEF HERE. WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF STALLED CARS ON THE ROADWAYS AND CARS THAT HAVE BEEN STRANDED. SO IF IT OPENS UP IN YOUR AREA JUST BE AWARE THAT IT MAY NOT BE COMPLETELY SAFE TO HIT THE SPEED LIMIT. I KNOW EVERYONE IS FRUSTRATED. IF YOU HAVE A LOVED ONE ON THE ROAD, GIVE THEM A CALL AND THEN NOTE THAT IF YOUR ROADWAY OPENS UP, BE CAUTIOUS AND PAY ATTENTION TO EVERYTHING AROUND TO. SOME PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE LEFT THEIR CARS. YOU MIGHT THINK THAT A CAR IS MOVING AND IT IS NOT AND THAT COULD CAUSE ACCIDENTS. WE ARE ALSO SEEING A LOT OF PEOPLE WAITING TO BE RESCUED FROM THEIR CARS. STILL A LOT OF THE SAME ISSUES THAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING. I HAVE BEEN SHOWING THIS FOR QUITE A WHILE. THIS GIVES YOU AN IDEA THAT ALL AROUND HOUSTON WE HAVE A LOT OF STOPPED VEHICLES AND THAT IS A BIG PROBLEM. SERVICES ARE SUSPENDED IN HOUSTON AND THEY ARE DOING THAT FOR SAFETY REASONS. THERE ARE SOME BUSES THAT ARE COMPLETELY COVERED. MARLO WAS AT THE AIRPORT WITH A PICTURE AND THAT BUS HAD WATER SO HIGH SO THEY ARE SUSPENDING SERVICES. I-10 IS CLOSED IN THE EAST AND WESTBOUND LANES. THAT GOES ALL THE WAY TO WHEN HE AND 373. THAT IS BECAUSE OF HIGH WATERS AS WELL. NOW LET’S TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT THE ROADWAYS. A LOT OF SIMILAR ISSUES. THE BIGGEST THING IS TO GET OFF THE ROADWAYS AND STAY WHERE YOU ARE. AND LIKE I KEEP SAYING, JUST BECAUSE THE RAIN HAS STOPPED IN THE AREA OR IT IS LIGHTER, THAT DOES NOT MEAN THE ROAD IS CLEAR. IT WILL TAKE QUITE A WHILE BEFORE THE ROAD IS CLEAR. >>>PEOPLE ARE JUST FRUSTRATED AND THINKING MAYBE THEY CAN GO OUT BUT THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW STAY HOME. WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED WITH EVERYTHING THAT WE ARE GETTING IN THE NEWSROOM. I DO WANT TO MENTION THAT IF, BY CHANCE, YOU HAVE THE IMAGES OR MAYBE VIDEOS OR WHATNOT THAT YOU WANT US TO SEE, YOU CAN USE #ABC13EYEWITNESS. WE WILL BE CHECKING ALL OF THAT AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. >>>LET’S CHECK ON THE FORECAST WITH METEOROLOGIST DAVID TILLMAN. LAST NIGHT WE WERE KIND OF WORRIED ABOUT THIS. IT IS HARD TO SAY THIS BUT, WE DODGED A BULLET HERE JUST A BIT. >>WELL, I GUESS YOU COULD SAY THAT. IT IS HARD TO SAY YOU HAVE DODGED A BULLET WHEN YOU HAVE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN SOME OF THE AREA. BUT LAST NIGHT AT 10:00 WE THOUGHT THAT THE EXTREME RAINS, THE 20 PLUS INCHES OF RAIN THAT FELL OVER BEAUMONT COULD END UP IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS BUT WE STILL GOT BETWEEN 5-12 INCHES OF RAIN ACROSS THE AREA. IT CAME DOWN SO FAST AND WE ARE SEEING ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS ACROSS THE ROADS AND THE RESCUES THAT HAVE HAPPENED. MANY PEOPLE ARE STRANDED BECAUSE OF THE WATER THAT IS STANDING OUT THERE. RIGHT NOW, METEOROLOGIST COLLIN MYERS IS TRYING TO HELP US DIFFERENTIATE THE FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS FROM THE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES. WE HAVE THIS HUGE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY THAT GOES FROM CONROE TO THE EAST AND COVERS MOST OF LIBERTY COUNTY AND THEN DOWN INTO CHAMBERS COUNTY AT THIS TIME. AND THEN YOU GO FURTHER TO THE SOUTH AND WE ARE SEEING A FLASH FLOOD WARNING. SO I FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR WHARTON, GALVESTON COUNTY AND DOWN INTO SOUTHERN PARTS OF HARRIS COUNTY. AND THEN BRAZORIA COUNTY AND ALONG THE PENINSULA AS WELL. ANYWAY GOES, IF THE RAIN IS COMING DOWN IN YOUR PARTICULAR LOCATION, YOU WILL HAVE PROBLEMS OUT THERE. IT APPEARS THAT THE RAINFALL RATES HAVE REALLY SLOWED UP QUITE A BIT OVER MOST OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON BUT BECAUSE THERE IS NOWHERE FOR THIS WATER TO DRAIN OFF TWO, BECAUSE THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM HAS BEEN OVERWHELMED, THIS IS GOING TO CAUSE A PROBLEM FOR US. THE BACK EDGE OF THIS IS JUST TO THE NORTH OF JERSEY VILLAGE RIGHT NOW. IT IS WORKING ITS WAY SLOWLY TO THE SOUTH. IT LOOKS LIKE WE MIGHT HAVE ANOTHER HOUR OR TWO BEFORE IT MOVES TO THE SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN HOUSTON SO IT WILL CONTINUE TO CAUSE A PROBLEM DIRECTLY OVER THE CITY, AT LEAST FOR ANOTHER HOUR OR TWO. FURTHER TO THE EAST, LIGHT AND MODERATE RAIN WITH A COUPLE OF POCKETS OF HEAVY RAIN OVER PARTS OF LIBERTY COUNTY. SAME SITUATION THERE. ANY TIME YOU GET 12-25 INCHES OF RAIN, EVEN MODERATE RAIN WILL CAUSE PROBLEMS AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE SEEING THERE. FURTHER SOUTH, ALONG THE COAST, WE ARE GETTING ALL KINDS OF REPORTS OF PROBLEMS ALONG HIGHWAY 87. THERE ARE ISSUES ALONG THE PENINSULA. WE ARE ALSO SEEING FLOODING ON GALVESTON ISLAND. THE MAIN LINE OF STORMS FROM THE NORTH IS INTERSECTING OVER GALVESTON ISLAND AND IT APPEARS IT WILL BE AT LEAST 2-3 MORE HOURS BEFORE ALL OF THAT MOVES OUT OF THERE. THE PROBLEMS THAT YOU ARE HAVING IN GALVESTON WILL ONLY GROW AS WE HEAD INTO THE EVENING HOURS. PROBABLY NOT A GOOD EVENING TO BE DRIVING OUT AND ABOUT IN GALVESTON. FURTHER TO THE WEST THERE, THERE IS FAIRCHILD, EAST BERNARD AND DOWN INTO PARTS OF BRAZORIA COUNTY. HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS EXTEND OUT TO THE SOUTH OF THE COLUMBUS AREA AND DOES APPEAR TO BE MOVING TO THE SOUTH AND THE WE HAVE SOME DEVELOPMENT IN THE SOUTHERN PARTS OF WHARTON COUNTY. ANYTIME WE SEE A SITUATION LIKE THIS, THOSE TWO SYSTEMS COME TOGETHER, THE RAINFALL RATES ARE GOING TO INCREASE AND THAT SLOWS THE LINE DOWN. YOU WILL CONTINUE TO GET POUNDED WITH HEAVY RAIN IN WHARTON COUNTY AND ALSO INTO MATAGORDA COUNTY. FREEPORT AND LAKE JACKSON AND PLACES LIKE THAT, ABSOLUTELY ARE GETTING HIT HARD WITH THIS REALLY HEAVY RAIN. HERE IS FUTURETRACK NOW. THIS IS THE LATEST ROUND OF FUTURETRACK. NEAR THE ISLAND HERE, THIS IS SUPPOSED TO FIZZLE BY 6:00 THAT I DON’T THINK THAT IS TRUE. IT IS ALSO SHOWING REDEVELOPMENT OF SOME HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS TO THE NORTHWEST OF HOUSTON AND IN PLACES THAT HAVE NOT SEEN A LOT OF RAIN. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE NORTHWEST PARTS OF HARRIS COUNTY HAS SEEN LESS THAN HALF AN INCH OF RAIN WE ARE, AS YOU GET INTO THE CENTRAL PART OF HARRIS COUNTY, WE ARE SEEING MORE THAN SIX INCHES OF RAIN. FUTURETRACK SAYS THAT BY THE TIME WE GET TO 10:00, THAT LINE WILL MOVE ON TO THE SOUTH AND WE ARE EXPECTING A QUIET OVERNIGHT PERIOD. AS WE GET INTO TOMORROW, THERE WILL BE SOME SCATTERED HEAVY DOWNPOURS. SO SOME ISOLATED ISSUES COULD COME UP TOMORROW BUT WIDESPREAD FLOODING CONCERNS THAT WE SEE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW SHOULD NOT REPEAT THEMSELVES. MAYBE JUST AN ADVISORY OR TWO OVERALL. SO, WE HAVE GOT ANOTHER HERE IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS FOR THIS EVENING. ANOTHER THREE OR FOUR HOURS OR SO OF DEALING WITH THIS ACTIVITY AND THEN WE WILL FINALLY SEE THIS MOVE OUT INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO OVER THE WEEKEND AS WE APPROACH 10:00 TONIGHT. IT WILL BE A LONG REST OF THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING FOR US. >>THANK YOU, DAVID. >>>ABC13 REPORTER NICK NATARIO IS NEAR REDDING. >>HE IS MAKING HIS WAY BACK TO TOWN AND HE IS IN A SMALL CITY CALLED NOME. >>Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT. THIS IS THE HARDEST HIT AREA THAT WE CAN FIND. HIGHWAY 90, PEOPLE ARE SULLY TRYING TO MAKE THEIR WAY THROUGH THIS AREA. YOU CAN SEE THAT THE WAVES ARE JUST CRASHING BY AS THESE BIG TRUCKS COME THROUGH THIS AREA. AS THIS TRUCK RULES BY WE WILL SHOW YOU. AND HERE IS ANOTHER ONE. IF YOU LOOK DOWN THIS STREET, YOU CAN JUST SEE WATER AS FAR AS THE CAMERA CAN SEE. YOU CAN SEE AND DUMPSTER THERE AND THE WATER IS ALL THE WAY UP IT. IT IS TO-3 FEET DEEP AND HAS PENETRATED THESE BUSINESSES AND HOMES. AND THEY ARE ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE IS THE POST OFFICE. IT HAS AT LEAST 3 FEET OF WATER INSIDE AS IT HAS PENETRATED THE DOOR AND A LOT OF PEOPLE, EVEN THOUGH YOU SEE THEM COMING THROUGH, THERE ARE A LOT THAT ARE NOT GOING TO CHANCE IT. SOME ARE TRYING TO WAIT IT OUT. THIS IS A GROUP FROM TAMPA THAT WAS DRIVING TO TAMPA FOR VACATION. WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR MIND CECELIA AS YOU ARE SITTING HERE IN NOME, TEXAS. >>THIS IS JUST CRAZY. >>Reporter: BUT WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? >>IT IS AWFUL. JUST AWFUL. IT IS A SCARY MOMENT RIGHT NOW. >>Reporter: SO YOU ARE DRIVING TO HOUSTON FOR VACATION. ARE YOU WISHING THAT YOU HAD CHOSEN ANOTHER DESTINATION AT THIS POINT? >>DEFINITELY. AND ANOTHER DAY AS WELL. WE HEADED THIS WAY BECAUSE WE DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS GOING TO BE THAT BAD. >>Reporter: SO YOU SEE SOME OTHER CARS GOING FOR IT BUT YOU ARE STAYING PUT? >>YES. WE ARE STAYING PUT FOR RIGHT NOW. WE ARE NOT GOING TO CHANCE IT. WE ARE AFRAID THE CAR WILL SHUT OFF. >>Reporter: HAVE YOU SEEN A LOT OF CAR STUCK IN THE WATER? >>OH YES. 20 OF THEM. >>Reporter: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THIS WHEN YOU CALL FRIENDS BACK HOME IN TAMPA? >>WE ARE JUST SENDING VIDEOS. THEY ARE SEEING THOSE LIVE VIDEOS. WE ARE JUST GOING TO WAIT IT OUT. >>Reporter: THANK YOU, VERY MUCH. AND YOU CAN SEE THERE IS ANOTHER VEHICLE TRYING TO MAKE ITS WAY THROUGH. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN TELL, BUT THIS IS WHAT REMINDS ME OF HURRICANE HARVEY. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN SEE ACROSS THERE, BUT THERE IS A SHEEN IN THE WATER. THIS HAPPENED A LOT DURING HURRICANE HARVEY. YOU CAN SEE THIS REALLY POP UP OVER THE LAST FEW MINUTES. NOT EXACTLY SURE WHAT HAPPENED. WE DID SEE SOMEONE THAT STALLED AND THEY HAD TO PUSH THE VEHICLE OVER TO THE SIDE HERE. I DON’T KNOW IF THAT PLAYED A ROLE BUT YOU COULD JUST SEE, FURTHER DOWN THERE, WE HAVE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WARNING PEOPLE ABOUT THE DANGER AS THEY APPROACH. WE ARE ABOUT 20 MILES WEST OF BEAUMONT. PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO MAKE IT THROUGH HERE SOLELY. WE HAVE NOT SEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE STALLED BUT SOME ARE TAKING IT SLOW AND CAREFUL. BUT IT IS JUST TOUGH TO TAKE IT IN HERE. I SPOKE TO A JEFFERSON COUNTY JUDGE AND HE SAYS THAT GNOME IS ONE OF THE WORST AREAS. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE STUCK IN HOMES IN THIS PART OF JEFFERSON COUNTY. >>THAT IS JUST TOUGH TO SWALLOW THEIR NICK. AS WE SEE ALL OF THESE IMAGES AND FOLKS THAT ARE DEALING WITH THAT. WE JUST WANT TO SHOW YOU ANOTHER VIDEO. PEOPLE HAD TO RESCUE HORSES AT THE CYPRUS TRAILS ALONG THE CYPRESS CREEK. THIS IS BETWEEN SPRING AND KINGWOOD. >>OF RIGHT NOW, MIYA SHAY IS OUT THERE. PEOPLE WERE TELLING US ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT IT WAS REALLY BAD OUT THERE IN ACRES FALLS. >>THE FOLKS OUT HERE ARE SURPRISED THAT WE MADE IT OUT HERE. THESE PARENTS ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT TO WESLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO PICK UP THEIR KIDS. WE HAVE HERE RIGHT NOW, THIS GENTLEMAN, YOU BROUGHT YOUR SISTER AND, THERE IS WATER IN THIS HOUSE? >>THERE IS WATER ALL IN THE HOUSE. IT WON’T STOP READING. HOPEFULLY WE GET THROUGH THIS RIGHT HERE. HOPEFULLY THE RAIN STOPS OR SLOWS DOWN. >>Reporter: IT FLOODED DURING HARVEY BUT YOU DIDN’T THINK IT WOULD COME BACK LIKE THIS. >>NOTHING LIKE THIS. >>Reporter: AND YOUR MOM HAS LIVED HERE FOR HOW LONG? >>AT LEAST 50 YEARS. MY PARENTS MOVED HERE WHEN I WAS SIX OR SEVEN YEARS OLD. SO THEY HAVE BEEN HERE AT LEAST 50 YEARS. >>THIS MUST BE HEARTBREAKING LOOKING AT THIS. IT IS VERY HEARTBREAKING. IT IS ON ITS LAST LEG. WE ARE JUST TAKING ONE DAY AND HOPING THE WATER THERE PEOPLE THAT OF INTERIOR FOR GENERATIONS . DID YOU JUST PICK UP YOUR CHILD FROM SCHOOL? WHAT IS THE SITUATION AT THE SCHOOL? >>IT IS FLOODED EVERYWHERE. >>Reporter: SHE IS NOT ALONE. IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, THAT IS JUST ONE SCHOOL OUT OF ALL OF HISD. WE ARE GETTING REPORTS FROM VARIOUS SCHOOLS. YOU HAVE TO WADE THROUGH THE AND AS YOU WALK DOWN THE STREET, THERE ARE PEOPLE TRYING TO GET INTO THEIR HOUSES. AND THE ONE NEXT TO IT, THERE IS WATER IN THERE. WE DON’T EVEN REALLY KNOW WHERE THE DITCHES. SO WE ARE NOT VENTURING TOO CLOSE. I DON’T WANT TO DROP DOWN AND FALL IN A DITCH. SOME OF THESE HOUSES, LIKE THIS ONE, THIS ONE IS HIGH UP. THIS ONE HAS BEEN LIFTED SO THIS ONE LOOKS OKAY. BUT THE ONE RIGHT NEXT TO IT, NOT SO MUCH. WE WILL TRY TO MAKE IT BACK OVER TO THE SCHOOL AND SEE WHAT THE SITUATION IS OVER THERE AND BRING THAT OVER TO YOU. FOR RIGHT NOW WE ARE LIVE IN ACRES HOMES. >>LIKELY THAT LITTLE GIRL, HER MOM WAS ABLE TO GET TO HER. THANK YOU, VERY MUCH, MIYA. >>>DOWN HERE, OUR TED OBERG WAS STUCK IN CONROE. >>Reporter: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SITTING HERE? >>AT LEAST 45 MINUTES. >>Reporter: THAT’S IT? THAT FEDEX TRUCK HAS BEEN STUCK HERE 3 1/2 HOURS. >>THE MAN THAT HE WAS TALKING TO WENT TO RESCUE AN EMPLOYEE WHO GOT STUCK INSIDE KINGWOOD. >>IT IS TOUGH GOING EVERYWHERE. AND RIGHT NOW, ABC13 REPORTER POOJA LODHIA HAS BEEN LIVE THERE ALL DAY. AND, POOJA, YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING SOME RESCUES HAPPEN . IS THAT CORRECT? >>Reporter: YES. WE ARE IN THE ELM GROVE AREA OF KINGWOOD. YOU CAN SEE HERE THE WATER IS ALMOST TO THE TOP OF THESE MAILBOXES. WE ARE ON A HIGH RESCUE VEHICLE RIGHT NOW WITH THE HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT. A COUPLE OF OFFICERS JUST PICKED UP MR. KELLOGG OUT OF HIS HOME. TELL ME WHAT THIS HAS BEEN LIKE FOR YOU? >>WELL, I AM — IT HAS BEEN — THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IT HAS BEEN THIS BAD. IN 87 WE FLOODED. AND I HAD WATER IN THE HOUSE THEN. BUT IT WAS NOT THAT DEEP. NOW, I HAVE ABOUT ONE FOOT IN THE HOUSE. >>Reporter: I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR THAT. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO PICK YOU UP BACK HERE? >>I HAVE BEEN WAITING SINCE ABOUT 9:00. >>Reporter: SO YOU KNOW THIS WAS GOING TO GET BAD WHEN YOU SAW THE RAIN? >>YES. IT WAS REALLY GETTING BAD AROUND 8:00. MY BROTHER CALLED ME TO SEE HOW I WAS DOING AND I SAID I HAD WATER IN THE HOUSE. SO IT HAS BEEN, IT HAS BEEN PRETTY ROUGH. >>Reporter: CAN YOU TELL PEOPLE LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS AREA. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE EXPERIENCED IS THAT IT IS HARD TO GET BACK IN HERE. THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF WAYS IN OR OUT. THERE ARE JUST TWO WAYS TO GET BACK IN HERE. >>THAT’S RIGHT. WE HAVE ELM >>THIS DID NOT FLOOD UNTIL MAY 7. IF THERE WAS A DEVELOPER THAT WAS DOING SOMETHING OVER HERE HE WAS DOING SOMETHING TO THE CREEK AND THAT MADE EVERYTHING FLOOD. HE FILLED UP A CONTAINER POD. HE FILLED IT ENTIRELY UP. AND THAT MADE EVERYTHING REALLY BAD THEN. AND NOW, WITH THIS, I AM GOING, WITH THIS, I WAS NOT ABLE TO GET MY HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE. SO, I ALREADY DID THIS WANTS OUT OF POCKET. I DON’T THINK I WILL BE ABLE TO DO IT AGAIN. >>Reporter: I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR THAT ED. AS MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING, ESTHER KELLOGG IS NOT THE ONLY ONE DEALING WITH THE SITUATION. >>DONE AT THE VERY END THERE, WHERE IT ALL CAME THROUGH, THAT IS THE DEEPEST. THESE PEOPLE, THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS TWICE. I HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS TWICE. YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE TRYING TO MOVE DEBRIS. TRYING TO MOVE THINGS AND HELP EACH OTHER >>IT IS BEEN, AS FAR AS I KNOW, WITH TONY, I WENT TO A MEETING. HE IS RUNNING FOR MAYOR. HE TOLD US, THAT THIS AREA HAS BEEN NEGLECTED FOR A GOOD WHILE. FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS. SO THERE IS A BIG PROBLEM. >>Reporter: I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE DO FEEL THIS WAY. IF YOU LOOK AT JUST HOW LARGE THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IS, AND HOW HIGH UP THE WATER IS GOING, YOU CAN ALMOST SEE IT REACHING UP TO THE MAILBOXES AT THIS POINT. >>ALL OF THESE AREAS BACK HERE WERE FLOODED. NOW, THEY ARE ALL FLOODED AGAIN. THEY ARE ALMOST WAIST DEEP WITH WATER. THAT HOUSE THERE DID NOT GET IT BUT HE’S GOT IT NOW. THEY ARE ALL UP CLOSER NOW. IT IS JUST UNBELIEVABLE. I KNEW THAT THERE WAS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION BUT I DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING THIS SEVERE WAS COMING. >>Reporter: I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE TAKEN BY SURPRISE. NOBODY EXPECTS ANYTHING TO BE THIS BAD. >>I FEEL BAD FOR BEAUMONT AND WINNIE. THAT IS WHERE IT IS REALLY BAD. >>Reporter: IT IS ADMIRABLE TO HEAR YOU GIVING YOUR CONDOLENCES TO OTHER PEOPLE WHEN YOU JUST HAD TO BE RESCUED FROM YOUR OWN HOME. >>IT IS JUST MY NATURE. I TRY TO HELP AS MUCH AS I CAN BECAUSE I KNOW PEOPLE TRY TO HELP ME AS MUCH AS THEY COULD. MY NEIGHBORS ASKED ME SEVERAL TIMES IF I WAS OKAY. I AM ALL RIGHT. I AM DEALING WITH IT AS BEST I CAN. AND IT JUST IS WHAT IT IS. >>Reporter: THAT IS JUST THE SPIRIT WE LOVE TO HEAR. THAT JUST REALLY DESCRIBES KINGWOOD AND ALL OF HOUSTON. BACK TO YOU. >>I FEEL FOR MR. KELLOGG THERE. AND EVERYBODY IN THAT AREA. THIS IS RELATIVELY NEW FOR THAT NEIGHBORHOOD. >>Reporter: KINGWOOD HAS GONE THROUGH SO MUCH OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. WE UNDERSTAND IT HAS TAKEN QUITE A WHILE TO GET HELP BACK THERE. IT HAS TAKEN FIRST RESPONDERS A LONG TIME TO GET BACK THERE. WE ARE JUST READY TO GET SOME OF THE STORIES ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN KINGWOOD. LET’S GO OVER TO METEOROLOGIST DAVID TILLMAN. WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW ON THE WEATHER? WE WANT TO HELP PEOPLE FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO FOR THE REST OF THE EVENING. >>I DON’T KNOW IF YOU MENTIONED IT ABOUT KINGWOOD BUT, YOU MIGHT RECALL, RECALL EARLIER THIS SPRING, THEY TOOK ABOUT 12-13 INCHES OF RAINFALL IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME ONE AFTERNOON AND THERE WAS SIGNIFICANT STREET FLOODING. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE SECOND TIME IN ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS THAT THE CITY HAS HAD A MAJOR HEAVY RAIN AND FLOOD SITUATION. WE HAVE THIS MEMORIAL CAMERA ZOOMED ALL THE WAY INTO BUFFALO BAYOU. THIS IS ALLEN PARKWAY RIGHT HERE. THERE ARE PARTS OF ALLEN PARKWAY UNDERWATER RIGHT NOW. THIS IS TAFT STREET RIGHT HERE. CARS ARE THINKING ABOUT COMING DOWN HERE. THAT IS A HUGE TRUCK THAT WAS THINK ABOUT GOING IN THAT DIRECTION BUT PROBABLY CHANGING HIS MIND RIGHT NOW. NOTICE THE MANHOLE COVERS HAVE COME OFF. WE ARE STARTING TO SEE WATERFALLS AND WHIRLPOOLS SWIRLING AROUND IN THE WATER. AND THEN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BAYOU, THE CARS ARE BEGINNING TO MOVE NOW. THEY WERE STAGNANT ON MEMORIAL DRIVE JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO BUT THEY ARE MOVING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. A LITTLE BIT AGO THEY WERE POINTING THAT WAY AND NOW THEY ARE GOING UP THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD NOW. SO THIS IS WHAT WE ARE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO BE DEALING WITH FOR THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON WITH ALL OF THE HIGH WATER SPOTS AROUND THE AREA. HERE IS A LOOK AT THE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES. THEY BASICALLY GO FROM NORTH OF DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND AND THEN ALL THE WAY EAST AND SOUTHEAST TO THE PARTS OF LIBERTY COUNTY, CHAMBERS COUNTY AND THE EXTREME SOUTHERN PART OF SAN JACINTO COUNTY. EVEN THOUGH THE RAINFALL RATES HAVE COME WAY DOWN, WE ARE SEEING LIGHT RAINFALL AND A COUPLE POCKETS OF MODERATE RAIN. THERE HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RAIN AND THAT IS WHY A AN FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY IS IN PLACE. WE DO HAVE FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS IN PLACE FROM DOWNTOWN HOUSTON TOWARDS THE COAST. THOSE GO ALL THE WAY TO THE WARDEN AREA AND COLUMBUS IS NOT INCLUDED IN THAT. IT LOOKS LIKE THE RAIN IS MOVING TO THE SOUTH BUT THE RAIN IS HEAVY OVER A GOOD BIT OF THE AREA AT THIS TIME. SO, LET’S ZOOM IN ON SOME SPOTS. THIS IS THE CITY OF HOUSTON. THE RAINFALL AMOUNTS SHOULD REDUCE GOING INTO THE AFTERNOON AND THAT IS HAPPENING. BUT WE STILL HAVE RAIN FALLING THAT HAS NO PLACE TO DRAIN BECAUSE THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM HAS BEEN OVERWHELMED. IS STREET FLOODING SITUATION IS GOING TO CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS. FURTHER TO THE EAST WE CAN SEE THAT THE RAIN INTENSITY IS LEADING UP. THE DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE THERE. WE STILL HAVE TREMENDOUS THUNDERSTORMS ONGOING RIGHT NOW. IN GALVESTON COUNTY AND ALL THE WAY OVER INTO BRAZORIA COUNTY. JUST A WHILE AGO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAID THEY WERE MONITORING THIS AREA FOR POSSIBLE TORNADO WARNINGS. LET ME CHECK TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY DID NOT JUST ISSUE ONE WHILE I WAS STANDING HERE. AND, THIS IS HUMBERTO AND JERRY. NO TORNADO WARNINGS JUST YET BUT THIS IS PART OF THE STORM THAT IS NOT TOO FAR FROM SAINT- LOUIS PASS. NO TORNADO WARNING BUT THAT IS SOMETHING WE ARE WATCHING VERY CLOSELY. THE HEAVY RAIN IS PULLING OUT OF ANGLETON AND INTO JACKSON RIGHT NOW. YOU CAN BET THAT AT LEAST 2-4 INCHES IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND THERE IS A LOOK AT THE VELOCITY THERE. THERE IS A BIT OF ROTATION THERE THAT APPEARS TO HAVE GONE AWAY. RIGHT NOW, HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS SOUTH OF FAIRCHILD. EAST BERNARD IS SEEING SOME HEAVY RAIN BUT YOU ARE ON THE TAIL END OF IT SO IT WILL BE ENDING FOR YOU SHORTLY. THERE IS STILL SOME HEAVY RAIN OVER SUGAR LAND AND PARTS OF STAFFORD RIGHT NOW. THE BACK EDGE OF THAT IS JUST TO THE EAST OF YOU. THINGS WILL BEGIN TO IMPROVE FOR YOU AS WE ZOOM OUT. AND THIS HEAVY BAND OF RAIN IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO MOVE SOUTH THROUGH PARTS OF BRAZORIA COUNTY. THE COUNTY WILL GET HIT PRETTY HARD AND SO WILL WHARTON COUNTY. EVENTUALLY, MATAGORDA COUNTY WILL BE HIT PRETTY HARD AS WELL. HERE IS WHAT FUTURETRACK BELIEVES WILL HAPPEN. THERE IS GOING TO BE A RAPID D INTENSIVE VACATION OF THE LINE OVER GALVESTON AND BRAZORIA COUNTIES. I THINK IT WILL BE 7:00 OR SO BEFORE THOSE THUNDERSTORMS LOSE THEIR PUNCH. BUT WE COULD STILL SEE AN INTENSIFICATION OF THE STORMS OUT TO THE WEST IN PLACES THAT HAVE NOT SEEN A LOT OF RAIN YET. SO THAT IS SOMETHING WE WILL BE WATCHING FOR. BY 10:00, MOST OF THE ACTIVITY SHOULD BE A LOT LIGHTER THAN WHAT WE ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW. OVERNIGHT, THINGS SHOULD BE QUIET. AS WE GET INTO TOMORROW, WE HAVE SOME HEALTHY RAIN CHANCES IN THE FORECAST BUT THE ORGANIZED FEEDER BANDS AROUND IMELDA WILL BE GONE BY THEN. WE ARE NOT EXPECTING THE RAIN THAT WE SAW TODAY. THE SCATTERED STORMS WILL BE FALLING ON TOP OF SATURATED GROUND BUT WE ARE NOT EXPECTING ANY MAJOR PROBLEMS TOMORROW. WE JUST HAVE TO GET THROUGH THIS EVENING AND THAT IS GOING TO TAKE ANOTHER THREE OR FOUR HOURS BEFORE WE ARE DONE WITH THIS HEAVY RAIN SITUATION.>>>SHELLEY IS WITH CONSTABLE ROSEN AND WHAT HE AND HIS PARTNER HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH ALL DAY LONG. >>THIS IS A LOOK AT THE WITH THE VEHICLE WE SPEAK WITH THE MAN AND FAMILY THAT WHERE MOST RECENTLY RESCUED. SIR, I DID NOT GET YOU NAME. >>WHAT IS YOUR NAME? >>CEDRIC. >>WHAT HAPPENED EARLIER TODAY? WE WERE SWARMED IN WITH THE WATER. AND THE RESCUE TEAM CAME AND SAVED US. >>HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE WITH YOUR FAMILY. MY WIFE, MY SISTER-IN-LAW. THE KIDS HERE. AND ME BIG >>THE THREE KIDS, THIS HAPPENED AT YOUR HOME? >>NO, MAN. WE IN A VEHICLE? >>WE WERE IN A VEHICLE AND THEY RESCUED US AND SOME PEOPLE TOOK US AND THEY TOOK US IN THE HOME AND HELPED US OUT OF THE WATER AND THE RESCUE TEAM CAME IN AND HELPED. >>TALKING ABOUT WHAT IT’S LIKE AND I’M ASSUMING YOUR CAR STALLED OUT AND THEN YOU WERE TRAPPED IN THE CAR. >>HAD PACKED THE KIDS ON MY SHOULDERS WITH ALL THE STRENGTH I HAD AND I WAS HALFWAY UNDERWATER AND WE GOT THE KIDS OUT SAFELY AND WE MADE IT. WE MADE UP BY THE GRACE OF GOD. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THAT STORY WITH US. CONSTABLE ROSEN JUST BEHIND ME HERE HERE. TALK TO ME ABOUT THE NUMBER OF RESCUES YOU HAVE MADE SO FAR AND IN WHAT AREAS OF TOWN? >>WE ARE IN THE HEIGHTS AREA AND THEN INDEPENDENCE HEIGHTS ACRES HOMES AREA AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE NEVER OVERLOOKED AND WE STARTED RUNNING INTO PEOPLE WHO WERE IN NEED OF RESCUE AND IN THE WATER JUST ABOVE THEIR WASTE AND SOME WERE HANDICAPPED AND OTHERWISE IN DISTRESS. WE CAME TO DO OUR JOB THAT IS TO SAVE LIVES AND WE ARE ALWAYS OUT HERE FOR THESE TYPES OF EVENTS AS IS ALL OF OUR OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS. >>YOU KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU HAVE RESCUED SO FAR? >>ARROW OR GROUP ALONE IS 25 PEOPLE. WE ARE CHECKING CARS AS WE GO THROUGH INTERSECTIONS TO SEE IF ANYONE IS STILL IN THE CAR. WE DID A LOT OF THOSE TODAY. >>THAT BRINGS US TO OUR CURRENT LOCATION AND WE WILL WALK DOWN THIS BRIDGE FOR YOU GUYS AND SHOW YOU EXACTLY WHY THE CONSTABLE’S OFFICE IS ON THIS LOCATION WITH THEIR HIGH WATER RESCUE VEHICLE AND THEY WERE ALERTED THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA THROUGH FACEBOOK. >>THROUGH OUR DISPATCH. VEHICLE SUBMERGED OR STARTING TO TAKE ON WATER AT TAYLOR AND I-10 AND THERE WHERE TWO OR THREE BECAUSE SAYING THEY WERE PEOPLE INSIDE AND I JUST GOT A MESSAGE FROM SOMEONE THAT CLAIMS THERE WHERE CHILDREN INSIDE THIS VEHICLE SO WE GOT HERE AS QUICKLY AS WE COULD AND DEPLOYED OUR BOOK RATHER BOOK AND FOUND THE VEHICLE. THEY WENT UNDERNEATH AND CHECKED WITH THE PASSENGER AND DRIVER SIDE AND THEY DID NOT FEEL ANYBODY IN THEIR. SO WE TIED THE VEHICLE OFF BECAUSE AT THIS POINT IT WOULD BE A RECOVERY. SO I’M HOPEFUL AND PRAYERFUL THAT NO ONE IS IN THIS VEHICLE. >>THE YELLOW ROPE JUST BEYOND THIS BRIDGE WE TIED THE VEHICLE OFF SO THAT EVERYONE KNOWS WHERE IT IS AND AT THIS POINT WE JUST DON’T KNOW. WE ARE TALKING TO WITNESSES AND PEOPLE ABOUT WAS THERE AND BACK PEOPLE IN THE VEHICLE OR NOT. WE COULD EVERYTHING WE COULD DO TO TRY TO SAVE LIVES HERE AND AGAIN I’M HOPEFUL AND PRAYERFUL THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS VEHICLE AND IT’S AN EMPTY VEHICLE AND WE ARE TALKING TO PEOPLE AND THEY CLAIM THEY WERE KIDS IN THEIR WHEN IT CAME TO OUR DISPATCH CAME THROUGH THE PEOPLE WORKING THE VEHICLE AND IT WAS SUBMERGING VERY RAPIDLY. WE WANTED TO SAVE A LIFE. >>AND WE CAN SEE THE VEHICLE STILL. EVEN AS THE RAIN BEGINS TO FADE DOWN HERE THE WATER SLOWLY RECEDING. WE CAN SEE HOW THE WATER RISK. TALK TO US ABOUT THE PROCESS. YOU HAVE A BOAT RIGHT HERE. >>YES. WE HAD ABOUT AND WE ARRIVED WITH THEIR SWIM WATER RESCUE PEOPLE HERE. VEHICLE COULD NOT GET TO WHERE WE NEEDED TO BE SO WE DEPLOYED THE BOAT AND HAD TO USE POLLS TO TRY TO FIND THE VEHICLE. WE WERE LISTENING TO WITNESSES SAY WHERE THE VEHICLE WENT IN AND WE STARTED CHECKING AND WE FOUND IT IN MY SWIFT WATER PEOPLE WENT DOWN UNDERNEATH THE WATER TO CHECK INSIDE WEATHER THE WINDOWS WERE OPEN AND SO FORTH AND WE REACHED INTO WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS A PASSENGERS DRIVER SIDE AND DID NOT FEEL ANYTHING SO WE ARE HOPEFUL AND PRAYERFUL FOR THAT WAS SUBSEQUENTLY SPOKE TO OTHER EYEWITNESSES THAT SAID THEY WERE CHILDREN IN THE VEHICLE. IT’S A WAIT-AND-SEE SITUATION HERE AND AGAIN AND PRAYING TO GOD THERE IS NO ONE IN THIS VEHICLE. >>DEFINITELY. THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE HIGH WATER RESCUE VEHICLE LEAVES, WHERE ARE THOSE FOLKS GOING? >>THEY ARE GOING TO VARIOUS PLACES AND WE GET THEM CLOSE TO THEIR HOME IF NOT TO THEIR HOME. THERE ARE A FEW PEOPLE FROM OUT OF TOWN THE CAME HERE SO WE WILL TAKE THEM TO A HOTEL AND MAKE SURE THEY WILL BE OKAY. I WAS VERY, VERY SURPRISED BY THIS RAIN EVENT. WE WILL GET PEOPLE A SAFE PLACE TO DRIVE AND MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS SAFE. >>IT’S NOT THE FIRST THING YOU DO IS ROUTINELY CHECK THE LOCAL WEATHER BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT LOCAL. >>THIS LADY CAME IN TO TAKE A TEST FROM CORPUS CHRISTI. SOME KIND OF A VOCATIONAL TEST AND WAS COMPLETELY SURPRISED BY THIS. VERY NERVOUS AND EXCITED ABOUT SEEING THE FLOODWATERS. SO WE GOT HER AND WE WILL TAKE HER BACK TO THE HOTEL AND WE HOPE SHE WILL DRY OUT AS WE ALL WELL. >>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME. AGAIN, WE ARE LIVE FROM TAYLOR. THE UNDERPASS AT I-10 ABOVE US. >>Reporter: YOU CAN SEE HOW HIGH THE FLOODWATER IS AT THIS UNDERPASS. THEY ARE SAYING 15 FEET IN THE WATER MORE THAN HALFWAY WITH THE VEHICLE SUBMERGED IN THEIR COMPLETELY SUBMERGED AND YOU CAN’T SEE THE ROOFTOP. AS THE CONSTABLE MENTIONED A POTENTIAL RESCUE OPERATION TURNS INTO A RECOVERY AND THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DEALING WITH AND THEY HAVE TO WAIT TILL THE WATER RECEDES. BACK TO YOU GUYS. >>IT REALLY SPEAKS TO THE JOB FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE TO DO TO CHECK THE VEHICLE FOR ANY POSSIBLE PEOPLE THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN THERE. TOUGH JOB AND HATS OFF TO FIRST RESPONDERS >>WE ARE TAKING A LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE SOUTHWEST SIDE OF TOWN AND WEAK FOODS EVERYWHERE WE ARE KEEPING YOU UP-TO-DATE AND THIS IS IN THE AREA OF WISP 59 AND WESTBOUND AND LOOK AT HOW MUCH WATER THAT IS THERE. AS YOU CAN SEE IT’S COMING DOWN AND OUR COMMUNITY JOURNALISTS IS THERE WITH AN UPDATE AND THIS AREA IS STILL GETTING HIT HARD. >>Reporter: >>IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH AUDIO. LOOK AT THIS SEMI-HERE. THAT TRUCK IS STUCK. THE FRONT AXLES SUNK INTO THE TOP OF THE WATER AND HIS REAR AXLE TRACTION WHEELS CAN YANK OUT HIS FRONT END. THE TRUCK SO HEAVY. WE HAVE SATURATED GRASS. IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE HE WILL MAKE IT OUT. A MICROCOSM UP-TO-DATE AND PEOPLE TRYING TO TURN AROUND AND MAKE A DIFFERENT WAY TO GO BACK IN THE OTHER DIRECTION. SOMETIMES IT WORKS AND SOMETIMES IT DOESN’T BECAUSE OF THE NOT AMOUNT OF WATER ON THE ROADWAYS. >>WHEN WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE FLOODED OUT CARS WE CAN SEE THIS WATER HAS NOT RECEDED YET. PERHAPS IT WAS HIGHER EARLIER PART RIGHT UP TO THE WINDOWS OF THE CAR. WE DON’T KNOW IF THE CAR IS FLOATING. A HUGE AMOUNT OF WATER. AGAIN SOUTHWEST SIDE 59 AND WAS PILFERED. WE WERE JUST TALKING TO HIM WHY AND FACEBOOK VIDEO FROM CONSTABLE ROSEN SHOWS THE RESCUES WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HAPPENING IN INDEPENDENCE HEIGHTS THIS WAS THE ROPE THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT USING THEY NEED TO TIED TO THE VEHICLES AND THEN THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO SECURELY GET THESE FOLKS BACK TO HIGHER GROUND JUST BECAUSE IN SOME OF THESE INSTANCES THERE ARE STRONG CURRENTS AND THIS IS ONE OF THOSE RESCUES HAPPENING RIGHT HERE. >>THE KIDS ARE RIGHT THERE AND IT’S A GOOD THING THE FIRST RESPONDERS WERE ABLE TO HELP THEM OUT. THE KIDS WERE SCARED AND WE WILL SEE THEM ON CAMERA LATER ON. GOOD NEWS THEY WERE RESCUED AND NOTHING ELSE HAPPENED AND WE HAVE VIDEO AS WELL. RAISED BY YOU RIGHT THERE. YOU CAN SEE IT IS JUST COMING RIGHT BENEATH THE OVERPASS. CARS HAVING NO ISSUES AND LOOK AT THE RAPID THEIR COMING UP AND LUCKILY IT’S WELL WITHIN ITS BANKS AND IN AND AROUND THE HOUSTON AREA WHICH>>WE’VE HAD ALL THE EXPANSION PROJECTS GOING ON. ESPECIALLY HERE WITH RAZOR BUFFALO BAYOU AND HOPEFULLY WE SEE THAT PLAY OUT. A LOT OF WATER MOVING UNDERNEATH THE BRIDGE. LET’S GO BACK TO MIYA SHAY AND ACRES HOMES TALKING TO A LOT OF FOLKS MEYER? WE ARE HERE AT WESLEY ELEMENTARY AND THE PARENTS ARE GOING TO PICK UP THEIR CHILDREN. YET, THEY’RE COMING TO GET THEIR KIDS. THE SCHOOLS ACROSS OUR AREA, LOOK HOW MUCH WATER. AND I DON’T KNOW IF THE WATER IS IN THE SCHOOL. THIS TEACHER IS DIRECTING OTHER DIRECTING TRAFFIC WITHOUT A RAIN JACKET. >>HOW ARE THE BABIES INSIDE? >>BABIES ARE NERVOUS. OUR JOB IS SAFETY ABOVE ALL AND IF THERE IS A PLAN AND WE WANT TO KEEP OUR BROTHER YOUR CHILDREN SAFE. DRESSED LIKE A SCHOOLTEACHER. >>I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. THESE ARE PARENTS COMING AND GOING. WE ARE RIGHT HERE AT ACRES HOMES NEIGHBORHOOD AND A FEW LOOK RIGHT NEXT TO THE SCHOOL. THERE IS WATER IN THIS YARD. YOU CAN’T SEE WITH THE GROUND IS. THE HOUSE RIGHT HERE AND DOWN THE STREET WE TALK TO PEOPLE WHO LIVED HERE 50 OR 60 YEARS AND THEIR HOUSES ARE UNDERWATER AND THAT THE PARENTS, IF THEY CANNOT GET HERE BY CAR LIKE MANY DO AND WE HAD TO WALK A COUPLE OF BLOCKS. THEY ARE COMING TO WALK HOWEVER FAR IT TAKES TO GET THEIR KIDS BECAUSE SO MANY OF THESE PARENTS ARE HAVING TO FACE THE SAME PROBLEMS AND THEY CANNOT GET TO THE SCHOOLS TO GET THE CHILDREN. THEIR KIDS ARE STUCK. H I S D SAID IF YOU CANNOT MAKE IT OUR STAFF WILL STAY WITH THE CHILDREN AND THEY WILL BE HERE UNTIL THEY CANNOT SAY FREE GET OUT AND GET BACK HOME. FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE IT’S GOING TO TAKE A LONG TIME BECAUSE IT IS SO MUCH WATER, ESPECIALLY FOR ESPECIALLY FOR THIS COMMUNITY. WE TALKED TO ANOTHER PACK OF PARENTS WITH TO LITERALLY WALK THREE OR FOUR BLOCKS TO GET THEIR CHILDREN AND THEN THERE WALKING THE KIDS AND YOU CAN SEE FAR AWAY THERE IS APPARENTLY CARING FOR KIDS ON THEIR SHOULDERS TO GO ACROSS. ON SOCIAL MEDIA THROUGHOUT THE DAY A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT VIDEO OF ANOTHER SCHOOL, DURING SCHOOL, IT LOOKS LIKE THE CHILDREN WERE IN THE FLOODED AREA. THAT WAS ONLY THE COURTYARD AREA. THAT IS SOME RELIEF. DURING SCHOOL EVEN THOUGH THE VIDEOS ON VIRAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA IT LOOKS LIKE THE AREA HAS BEEN FLOODED AND THE SCHOOL ITSELF WE STOPPED BY AND LOOK FOR OURSELVES AND IT IS HIGH AND DRY AND AS FOR HERE IT IS ROUGH GOING. PARENTS ARE DEDICATED AND WE CAN SEE SOME PARENTS NOW GETTING THEIR CHILDREN. SOMEONE JUST SPLASH ME. THERE THEY ARE GETTING THEIR KIDS DOING WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKE SURE THEY MAKE IT OUT. THE KIDS ARE WRAPPED IN TRASHBAGS. GOD BLESS THE TEACHERS. THEY DID NOT HAVE RAIN CLOTHES AND THEY ARE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN. LOOK AT THOSE KIDS. >>AND WE SEE THESE PARENTS. >>THIS SCENE REPEATED ALL THROUGHOUT HOUSTON. HD ISD TRIED TO GET EVERYONE OUT. SOME OF THE BUSES WERE NOT ABLE TO MAKE IT AND A LOT OF PARENTS COULD NOT MAKE IT AND THAT’S WHEN THE TEACHERS BECOME SO IMPORTANT AND SCHOOL BECOMES HOME FOR THE KIDS AS THEY STAY THERE UNTIL PARENTS CAN GET THEIR ORCHID SAFELY HOME. IF YOUR CHILD IS STILL AT THEIR SCHOOL SOMEWHERE THEY ARE STILL SAFE. >>>ABC13 EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 4:00 AND NOW BREAKING NEWS. >>>WELCOME TO EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 4:00 AND OUR COVERAGE CONTINUES AS HEAVY RAIN BANDS ARE ON THE MOVE. >>LET’S GET STRAIGHT TO GETTING YOU UP-TO-DATE ON EVERYTHING. THERE IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY IN EFFECT FOR MUCH OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS INCLUDING HARRIS COUNTY THAT IS UNTIL 7:00 P.M. TONIGHT. GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT DECLARED A STATE OF DISASTER FOR 13 COUNTIES AMID THE IMPACT OF TROPICAL STORM IMELDA AND WE KEEP AN EYE ON THE BAYOUS STILL RISING IN SO MANY OF YOU WONDERING WHERE THE RAIN IS NOW AND WHEN YOU ARE AND LET’S GET STRAIGHT OVER TO RT FORECASTER DAVID TILLMAN. DAVID? >>WHAT WE HAVE IS AN EXTENSION OF A FLASH FLOOD WATCH UNTIL TOMORROW MORNING AND PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA EVEN THOUGH THE RAIN EVEN IS BEGINNING OF IT OUT THERE WE WILL BE MOSTLY COMPLETELY OVER BY 7:00 OR 8:00 TONIGHT. THERE WILL STILL BE AREAS THAT WILL HAVE A LONG TIME TO RUN OFF ALL THE WATER THEY’VE ACCUMULATED FOR TODAY AND UNTIL TOMORROW MORNING IS A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT AND OVER INTO THE INTERSTATE CORRIDOR INCLUDING HOUSTON AND EXTENDS OVER INTO PARTS OF LOUISIANA. I HAVE NOT SEEN A LOT OF ACTIVITY HERE HOWEVER, I DO HAVE A COMPUTER MODEL INDICATING THAT WE MIGHT SEE THE ACTIVITY PICKED UP A BIT. THERE IS A SWOLLEN BUFFALO BAYOU THERE AND THEY HAD TO TURN PEOPLE BACK TO MEMORIAL DRIVE BECAUSE OF ALL THE WATER. ALLEN PARKWAY AND WE SEE THIS OVER A GOOD BIT OF THE AREA RIGHT NOW AND LATER AND WE LOOK AT THESE STAGES OUT THERE AND THERE’S A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY IN EFFECT IT’S BASICALLY THE NORTH SIDE OF HOUSTON INTO PARTS OF EASTERN COUNTY AND A FEW LOOK INSIDE OF THE BOX THE RAIN INTENSITIES HAVE COME WAY DOWN BUT BECAUSE WE SEEN ANYWHERE FROM SIX TO MORE THAN 20 INCHES OF RAIN INSIDE THE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES THERE’S A SERIOUS SITUATION ONGOING AND THEY KEEP THE EMERGENCIES IN PLACE RIGHT NOW. FURTHER TO THE SOUTH WITH FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS IN EFFECT COVERING THE REST OF HOUSTON TO GALVESTON ONTO ANGLETON IMPORTANT. HEAVY RAIN MOVING THROUGH PARTS OF MISSOURI COUNTY AND GALVESTON COUNTY AND IT CLEARLY SEE THE HEAVIEST SOUTH OF HOUSTON AND EVERY DROP CAUSES ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS AND THE WATER HAS NOWHERE TO GO AND IT TAKES A WHILE FOR IT TO DRAIN AND LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS OVER PARTS OF LIBERTY COUNTY AND THE HEAVIEST ACTIVITY LAKE JACKSON EXTREMELY HEAVY THUNDERSTORM AND NOW THAT THE LAKE HAS STARTED IT WILL TAKE SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE THE LINE WEAKENS AND MOVES TO YOURSELF IN TWO TO THREE HOURS OF EXTREMELY HEAVY RAIN AND LAKE JACKSON DOWN TOWARD FREEPORT AND EXTREMELY HEAVY RAIN AND THE LIGHTNING EXTENDS ONTO THE WEST INTO NORTHWESTERN PARTS OF BRAZORIA COUNTY ON INTO PARTS OF WHARTON COUNTY AND ALTHOUGH THE THUNDERSTORMS ARE A LITTLE BIT MORE SCATTERED AND THEY ARE NOT QUITE AS WIDESPREAD AS WHAT THEY ARE AND PARTS OF MISSOURI COUNTY AND BECAUSE THEY ARE SO HEAVY AND THE RAIN IS FROM 1-3 INCHES AN HOUR THEY CAN STILL OVERWHELM THE DRAINAGE SYSTEMS OUT THERE AND CAUSE ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS. WE CAN LOOK AT PINPOINT FUTURE TRACK AND WE SEE THIS ACTIVITY WEEKEND AND WE MIGHT SEE SOME REDEVELOPMENT OUT TO THE WEST OF HOUSTON BUT BY 10:00 ARE WE IN A BIG WEAKENING TREND AND THINGS ARE A LOT BETTER BY THEN. BETWEEN NOW AND THEN WE HAVE HEAVY DOWNPOURS AND A LOT OF WATER STANDING HERE MAKING IT VERY INCONVENIENT TO MAKE PEOPLE TO GET HOME FROM SCHOOL AND GET HOME FROM WORK. >>THANKS FOR THE UPDATE THERE WITH >>A LOOK ON THE ROADWAYS NOW I SEE A LOT OF PLACES PICK UP AND SEEING TRAFFIC MOVE ALONG BUT WHEN AREA I-10 KATIE ALL THE WAY FROM WASHINGTON PAST THE BELTWAY AND WE HAVE A TON OF HIGH WATER NOTIFICATIONS AND YOU ARE SEEING THAT NOW AND AS THE CAMERA MOVES HOPEFULLY IT STOPS FOR A 2ND AND I WANT YOU TO GET A PICTURE OF WHAT’S GOING ON. WE HAVE CAR STOPPED CAUSING PEOPLE TO GET OUT OF THEIR VEHICLE AND WALK AROUND A DANGEROUS ROADWAYS WITH LIGHTS FLASHING AND PEOPLE RUNNING ACROSS THE FREEWAY. A LOT OF CONGESTION AND CARS TURNING INTO A PARKING LOT WHICH IS AN ISSUE WE SEEN A LOT OF DIFFERENT FREEWAYS AND PEOPLE SOUGHT SUDDENLY NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO AND IT’S CAUSING HEADACHES AND YOU SEE ISSUES HERE. THE CAMERAS TRYING TO ADJUST TO FIGURE OUT WHAT’S GOING ON HERE. A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT WALKING AROUND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO AND NOW A LOT OF HIGH WATER FROM WASHINGTON PAST THE BELTWAY THIS IS A PLACE I BROUGHT YOUR ATTENTION TO TO. WE SEE A LOT OF ISSUES HERE BECAUSE THE SAME VEHICLES ARE STUCK AND WE SEE A SCHOOL BUS HERE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THEIR VEHICLE AND YOU CAN SEE THAT WALKING AROUND AND NOT SAFE TO DO A LOT OF PEOPLE STUCK AND NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO. THESE CARS TRY TO GET THROUGH. WE SEEN THE SAME CAR FLOATING FOR HOURS AND THEY MADE IT THROUGH THE HIGH WATER UNDERNEATH THIS OVERPASS WITH THIS CAMERA LOOKING AT THE NORTH LOOP AND NOT ABLE TO DO IT . CARS HAVE BEEN STUCK HERE FOR HOURS AND A LOT OF TURNING AROUND AND TRYING TO GET OUT OF HERE. AS WE WOULD ALL FEEL FRUSTRATED OUT HERE NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO. THAT’S AN AREA OF ISSUE. I-45 NORTH OR CROSSTIMBERS WE HAD OUR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DAVID OUT THERE TELLING US ABOUT THE SITUATION AND HE HAS BEEN THINK HE’S BEEN STUCK IN THIS AND TRAFFIC STILL AT A STANDSTILL AND NOT MOVING. THE WATER ON THE FEEDER HAS GO DOWN. I 40 NORTH CROSSTIMBERS ALL THE WAY UP HERE AND A COUPLE OF EXITS WE DON’T SEE ANY MOVEMENT. WE HAD A HIGH WATER ALERT IN THAT DIRECTION. ANOTHER ISSUE HERE. IF YOU LOOK AT THESE DIFFERENT CAMERAS WE HAVE THIS ONE AT MOUNT HOUSTON. WHILE HOUSTON WE DID SEE SOME CARS THAT WERE FLOATING ON THE FEEDER AND WE SAW HIGH WATER RESCUES AND THE GOOD NEWS IS TRAFFIC IS FOR THE FIRST TIME MOVING AND MOVING SLOWLY BUT WE ARE MOVING ALONG. A LOT OF CARS STILL STUCK ON THE FEEDER WORLD ROADS AND COMPLETELY COVERED IN WATER. WE SEEN CARS MOVE JUST A BIT. TRAFFIC IS PICKING UP IN SOME AREAS AND THEY RECOMMEND YOU STAY OFF THE ROADWAYS. A LOT OF PLACES WE SEE THE WATER RECEDED AND IT’S NOT MOVING. WE ARE TRYING TO COMPILE THE DATA IN THESE CAMERAS RUN HOUSTON TO FIGURE OUT WHAT SPOTS MIGHT BE SAFE TO PASS IF YOU’RE ON THE ROADWAYS AND WHAT AREAS ARE NOT BUT FOR THE MOST PART IF YOU CAN STAY HOME THAT’S THE BEST THING TO DO AND HAVE A LOVED ONE WATCHING THE NEWS AND IF YOU STILL TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE SITUATION IS THE WORST THING TO DO BESIDES GETTING IN YOUR CAR ON THE ROADWAY IS TO THEN TRY RATHER DRIVE ON THE SHOULDER AND PEOPLE HAVE TO WALK ON THE FREEWAYS AND IT’S NOT SAFE. THE BEST THING IS TO STAY HOME. WE WILL LET YOU KNOW AS SOON AS IT IS ABLE TO PASS AREAS OF HIGH WATER. ANOTHER CHECK IN JUST A LITTLE BIT. >>SO MUCH GOING ON AS WE HIT PEAK RUSH HOUR. HERE IS A BIT OF GOOD NEWS AS WELL. HERE IS A TWEET FROM HARVEY AIRPORT. THE FAA IS ALONG THE INBOUND AND OUT ON FLIGHTS AND ROADS NEAR HOBBY ARE PASSABLE. GOOD NEWS FOR TRAVELERS WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE THEIR WAY IN OR OUT OF HOUSTON. WE SPOKE TO ONE POOR WOMAN OUT NEAR BEAUMONT WHO HAD TO MISS HER FLIGHT TO THE BAHAMAS. PEOPLE ARE MISSING PLANS BUT THINGS ARE BACK ON TRACK. >>A LITTLE BIT OF PROGRESS. IN THE MEANTIME WE WILL CHECK IN WITH THE EAST AND IS LOOKING AND THAT’S WHERE WE FIND T.J. PARKER. T.J. HOW ARE THINGS WORKING OUT THERE ? >>GUYS, IT’S WORKING FINE NOW AND IT’S MUCH DIFFERENT STORY AROUND LUNCHTIME. WE ARE AT POLK AND MOBY IN THE GREATER EAST AREA AND THERE WAS A PRETTY DRAMATIC WATER RESCUE AROUND LUNCHTIME AND WE WANT TO SHOW YOU THIS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO THAT WE JUST GOT FROM THE OFFICE MANAGER AT THE HOUSTON SCHOOL OF CARPENTRY. THANK YOU FOR SHOWING US THIS. THIS IS A RESCUE. THEY ARE OUT HERE BARRICADED IN THE STREET BECAUSE YOU KNOW IN THESE KIND OF SITUATIONS THESE VIADUCT FILL WITH WATER QUICKLY. THEY WERE BLOCKING THE ROAD WHEN SOMEONE WENT AROUND THEM AND PRETTY BRAVE AND THEY WENT INTO THE WATER AND GOT STUCK IN THE WATER ROSE QUICKLY AND THEY HAD TO BE RESCUED. IT WAS A FEW GOOD SAMARITANS WHO ACTUALLY WENT INTO THE WATER TO PULL THIS MAN OUT. HE ACTUALLY HAD A SEIZURE AND THEY HAD TO TAKE IN LIFE TO THE HOSPITAL. WE ARE TOLD BY THE STAFF AND DEPUTY COUNSEL THAT HE MAY HAVE SURVIVED THIS. IT’S JUST GOING TO SHOW, DEPUTY CONSTABLES OR LOCAL AUTHORITIES THAT ARE BLOCKING THE ROADWAYS BECAUSE OF HIGH WATER, DO NOT GO INTO IT LIKE THIS AMENDED. AGAIN WE’VE BEEN SEEING THIS FOR THE PAST 30 MINUTES AGO AND AGAIN WE ARE NOT SURE OF THE CONDITION OF THE MAN BUT A PRETTY DRAMATIC WATER RESCUE TAKING PLACE AROUND LUNCHTIME AND THANKFULLY THE GOOD SAMARITANS WERE THERE TO JUMP INTO THE WATER AND GET THE MAN OUT OF HIS CAR AND RESCUE HIM. GUYS? >>INCREDIBLY DRAMATIC VIDEO COMING FROM THERE, IT T.J. WHAT A DIFFERENCE A FEW HOURS MAKES AND THE FUTURE IMPROVEMENT ON THE ROADWAYS. THAT AREA IS RECEDING QUICKLY. >>LET’S GO BACK TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND AN AREA THAT KNOWS ALL TOO MUCH ABOUT FLOODING. HARVEY AND STRONG STORMS WE’VE HAD THIS PAST MAY WITH THE KINGWOOD AREA AND TED OBERG HAS BEEN THERE FOR THE LAST PART OF SEVERAL HOURS HERE AND THAT YOU SPOKE WITH A FEW PEOPLE WHO DEFINITELY ARE KIND OF ON THEIR LAST WHIM OF WHAT TO DO. >>PINS AND NEEDLES AS THE WATER RISES. I WISH I HAD GOOD NEWS LIKE TJ DID AND I WISH I COULD TELL YOU THAT THE WATER WAS GOING DOWN AND WE ARE AT 0-2 AND THE RAIN HARDER THAN IT’S BEEN SINCE WE’VE BEEN HERE IN THE WATER COMING UP. BEYOND THAT WOMAN KAYAKING THERE IS A PEACH CREEK WHICH CONTINUES TO RISE. THE HOMES BEYOND ME ALREADY HAVE WATER IN THEM AND THEY GET MORE AS WE SPEAK. AT LEAST A FOOT IN THE HOMES RIGHT WHERE I AM STANDING IN FAR MORE AS YOU WORK YOUR WAY DOWN THE STREET IT GETS DEEPER AND THE PEOPLE ARE TOLD THEY ARE MOVING ANIMALS AROUND TRYING TO GET ANYTHING UP AS THE WATER HAS ENTERED THEIR HOME. WE TALKED TO PEOPLE AS YOU WORK INTO THE DRY SPOT NEAR DENIM PLACE IN THE NORTH SIDE OF KINGWOOD WHO ARE NERVOUS ABOUT THIS WATER CONTINUING TO RISE. IN HARVEY, ALL THESE HOMES WERE UNDERWATER AND ALL OF THESE HOMES HAVE BEEN REBUILT AND NOW THEY FACED THIS AGAIN. THEY KNOW HOW TOUGH THIS IS TO REBUILD. KATE IS IT OKAY IF I TALK TO YOU NOW? WE ARE LIVE ON CHANNEL 13. JUST A SECOND. TELL ME WHAT IT’S LIKE BACK DOWN TOWARD THE END OF THE STREET. >>IT’S PRETTY DEEP. >>AND YOU LIVE DOWN THAT WAY? >>YES. >>WHAT’S IT LIKE INSIDE YOUR HOME? >>I HAVE THREE OR 4 FEET AND IT KEEPS COMING UP. >>WHAT WERE YOU ABLE TO GET UP BEFORE YOU LEFT. >>I MANAGED TO GET MY COUCHES ELEVATED SO THE FLOOR BUCKLED AND IT MADE EVERYTHING TOPPLE OVER. >>YOU SAID THE FLOOR BUCKLED SO MUCH. >>IT’S SCARY TO WATCH THIS AND THE WATER IS STILL COMING UP. >>I’M TRYING TO GET MY PARENTS OUT RIGHT NOW. >>WHAT’S TAKING SO LONG? >>THEY DON’T WANT TO LEAVE THEIR HOME AGAIN. >>TWO YEARS AGO EVERYONE ON THIS STREET DID THIS. YOU HAVE THE NRG TO DO IT AGAIN? NO. WHAT WILL YOU DO? >>I MOVED TO A MOUNTAIN. >>YES. SOMETHING. >>IT’S AWFUL. YOU MADE A TON OF TRIPS. HOW ARE YOUR ARMS? >>I’M TIRED. I HAVE MY DADS KEY TO HIS TRUCK OVER HERE. GOOD LUCK. GOOD LUCK. I HOPE YOU WILL BE OKAY. IT IS TOUGH AND ANYONE WHO’S BEEN THROUGH THIS OR WATCHED A NEIGHBOR OR LOVED ONE GO THROUGH IT KNOWS HOW HARD IT IS. CAITLIN CERTAINLY NOT A STRANGER TO THIS AND TOO MANY OF OUR NEIGHBORS ARE NOT STRANGERS TO WHAT OUR STREET GOING TO AND WE LIFT OUR CITY OUT OF THE MUCK YET AGAIN AND IT’S A LOT TO BEAR AND THINK ABOUT AND HERE WE ARE IN OUR SECOND OR THIRD NIGHT DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE AND IT’S NOT OVER YET. >>YOU FEEL FOR THEM AND WE SPOKE WITH YOU EARLIER AND THAT’S WHEN THE OTHER SUN OR HER BROTHER WAS TRYING TO GET THE KEYS FOR THE DEAD. AND SO NOW BEING IN A FLOODED OUT HOUSE THEY HAVE NOWHERE TO GO THEY HAVE TO STAY WITH THE NEIGHBOR OR FIND A SHELTER AND THEN START CLEANUP AT SOME POINT. >>>AT SOME POINT THEY HAVE TO START THE CLEANUP. THEY KNOW HOW TO DO IT AT THIS POINT. THE BAD NEWS IS YOU CAN’T CLEANUP UNTIL THE RAIN STOPS AND THE WATER RECEDES AND THERE IS NO SIGN UNTIL ONE THAT HAPPENED. >>INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT. IT IS ONE STORY THAT COULD BE DOZENS OF MORE OUT THERE AND CERTAINLY WE WILL TRY TO TELL THOSE STORIES AND KINGWOOD. IN THE MEANTIME WE WANT TO GET YOU TO THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND LISTENING TO THE PRESS CONFERENCE WHERE THEY CAN GIVE US AN UPDATE ON WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND THE COUNTY. BUT LISTENING. >>WE ARE CLOSING INTO EVENING HOURS AND THE MAIN MESSAGE WE WANT TO SHARE WITH THE COMMUNITY IS WE STILL NEED PEOPLE TO KEEP OFF THE STREETS. WE ARE EXPECTING A LITTLE MORE WATER, ABOUT ANOTHER INCH. IT WILL MAKE A SUBSTANTIVE DIFFERENCE BUT THE CHANNELS AND STREETS ARE STILL CRESTING AND WILL CONTINUE TO FALL OVERNIGHT IN THE WATER WILL REMAIN IN THE ROADWAYS. AS IT GETS DARKER IT’S MORE DANGEROUS TO BE OUT AND ABOUT. IT’S HARD TO SEE DEBRIS AND HOW DEEP THE WATER COULD BE AND EVEN HARDER THAN NORMAL. WE NEED FOLKS TO STAY AWAY FROM THE ROADS PARTICULARLY ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE TOWN. FOCUS WAS ON SALE OF DOWNTOWN AND OUTSIDE THE LOOP. DON’T THINK OF CROSSING I-40 FIVE. THEY ARE A LOT SAFER. FOLKS IN THE EAST I KNOW AS IT GETS DARK WE WANT TO GO HOME AND SEE OUR FAMILIES WE BEEN AT WORK ALL DAY AND OUTSIDE ALL ALL THEY ARE OUTSIDE OF OUR HOMES. TRY AND STAY WHERE YOU ARE. IT IS VERY DANGEROUS OVERNIGHT. I WILL SAY ABOUT THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS. WE BEEN IN CLOSE COMMUNICATION WITH DIFFERENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND WHAT WE ASK IS THAT FAMILIES CONTRACT THE SCHOOLS DIRECTLY. CONTACT YOUR SCHOOLS SCHOOL DISTRICT AND HEED THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND THEY ARE EVALUATING WHAT THE TRAJECTORY WILL BE AND IF IT LOOKS SAFE THEY RELEASED THE CHILDREN AND A LOT OF THESE DISTRICTS ARE MAKING THE DECISIONS SCHOOL BY SCHOOL TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS SAFE. POLICE LOOK OUT FOR THAT. WE KNOW IT IS INCONVENIENT TO NOT BE HOME BUT FOR FOLKS WHO ARE OUT WE ASK THEY DON’T MOVE AND THEY STAY WHERE THEY ARE BUT THE COUNTY CONTINUES TO RESPOND TO RESCUES TO EVACUATION REQUESTS. WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RESPOND TO THAT ADEQUATELY. TOMORROW WHEN THE SUN COMES OUT WE ARE ABLE TO EVALUATE MORE IMPACTS AND ONCE THE WATER HAS GONE DOWN AS WELL. WE HAVE JUST WINTER HERE AT THE METEOROLOGIST TO SHARE A WEATHER UPDATE. WE HAVE THE FIRE MARSHAL TO ANSWER QUESTIONS. THE COMMISSIONER ADRIAN GARCIA TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND WE HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE TOP TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS EVEN IF YOU TRY AND DRIVE THE HIGHWAYS, MANY ARE IMPASSABLE. IT IS NINE NOT A WISE DECISION. WE ASK PEOPLE STAY OFF THE ROAD AND I WILL HAVE JEFF GIVE THE WEATHER UPDATE AND REPEAT MY MARKS IN SPANISH AND ANSWER QUESTIONS. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU, JUDGE. WE HAVE SEEN THE RAINFALL SHIFT DOWN TO THE COAST OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS. THE HEAVIEST RAIN IN THE GALVESTON AREAS CLOSER TO THE GULF OF MEXICO. WE STILL HAVE SOME LIGHT RAIN CONTINUING ACROSS HARRIS COUNTY AND OTHER AREAS. AND THE FORECAST FOR TONIGHT IS FOR CONTINUED CHANCE OF RAIN AND LIKELY ONLY IN THE ONE-1.5 INCHES. WE COULD SEE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AND WE DO NOT EXPECTED TO BE CONDITIONING AND FLOODING COULD CONTINUE WELL INTO THE THE NIGHT THE WATERSHED SITUATIONS WE HAVE. THE EAST AND WEST FORKS OF THE SAND RIVER A MAJOR FLOODING EXPECTED IN BOTH RIVERS STARTING THIS EVENING AND CONTINUING PROGRESS TOMORROW SOMETIME IN THE MID AFTERNOONS ON FRIDAY FOR THE EAST AND THE WEST FORKS AND FALLING BACK WITHIN BANKS BY MIDDAY SATURDAY AND THIS IS A RAPID RISE AND FALL WHICH IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN WHAT MOST FOLKS ARE USED TO ON THE WEST FORK OF THE RIVER WHICH IS A LONGER FLOODWAY FOR THAT PORTION OF THE RIVER. ON EAST FORK FALLING BACK ON SUNDAY AND WE WILL HAVE ISSUES OUT THERE THROUGH THE WEEKEND. CAUSED BY YOU WITH SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS AMONG CALLS BY YOU ALL THE WAY FROM I-45 DOWNSTREAM TO BLOATED WILL. YOU DO KNOW WE HAVE STRUCTURE FLOODING ALONG THE BAYOU. THE VALUE IS STARTING TO RIDGECREST BUT IT WILL TAKE US SEVERAL HOURS TO GO DOWN AND A LOT OF AREAS IN HOMES WITH WATER AND STREAKS RATHER STREETS WILL BE INUNDATED WHILE INTO TONIGHT. GREENS BAYOU WE HAD FLOODING ALONG THE CHANNEL FROM HIGHWAY 59 ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL. MARK HOUSTON COMMENTED WELL. ALL THOSE LOCATIONS EXPERIENCING FLOODING AND THAT VALUE IS CRESTING THIS EVENING AND FOLLOWING OVERNIGHT AND WE EXPECT HIGH WATER TO CONTINUE INTO THE EARLY MORNING HOURS ON FRIDAY. THE HUNTING VALUE WITH FLOODING AMONG THE ENTIRE CHANNEL FROM THE CASHMERE GARDENS ALL THE WAY DOWN TO I-10. CLOSE TO SOME OF THE HOMES CLOSE TO THE ACTING AREA IF NOT INTO SOME OF THE HOMES AND CRESTING AND STARTING TO FALL THIS EVENING AND WE SHOULD SEE THE WATER BACK WITHIN ITS BANKS LATE TONIGHT. THE EASTERN PART OF HARRIS COUNTY AND THIS IS ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT WATERSHEDS WITH THE AMOUNT OF RAIN THAT HAS FALLEN. THIS VALUE WILL RISE INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS ESPECIALLY ON THE LOWER AND HIGHWAY 142 HIGHWAY 146 IN THE BAYTOWN AREA. THOSE AREAS WE HAVE TO WATCH CLOSELY AS WE GO INTO TONIGHT BECAUSE THE WATER WILL RISE AND STARTED TO FALL TOMORROW PROBABLY WE CONTINUE TO SEE FLOODING EVEN INTO THE WEEKEND. LASTLY WHITE OAK AND BRAZE VALUES OR WHITE OAK AND BUFFALO BAYOU’S, SORRY, WE HAVE CONDITIONS DOWNTOWN WHERE IT MEETS UP WITH BUFFALO BAYOU. IT HAS OVERTOPPED I-10 AND I-45 ON THE NORTH SIDE AND BOTH HAVE DEEP INNOVATION NOW AND THAT WATER WILL NOT GO DOWN UNTIL WHITE OAK VALUE RECEIVED. THE VALUE HAS CRESTED AND IT IS STARTING TO FALL AND HOPEFULLY BY OR 9:00 TONIGHT WE CAN GET THE WATER DOWN OFF THE FREEWAYS. WE TALKED BRIEFLY ABOUT PRAISE BY YOU IN CREEK. A LOT OF CONCERN ABOUT PRAISE VALUE. IT’S OKAY. WE DO NOT EXPECT FLOODING APPRAISED VALUE. WE DON’T ANTICIPATE FLOODING ON THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY. WE WERE WORRIED ABOUT THAT BUT THE RAIN MOVED THROUGH. I DO NOT ANTICIPATE ANY FUNNY THERE OR IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE COUNTY. CYPRESS CREEK, CONVULSE AND ANY OF THOSE AREAS. BOTH RESERVOIRS AND THE FLOOD GATES ARE CLOSED AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE CLOSED AND NO RELEASES WILL BE MADE. THERE IS NOT A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF WATER SO THERE IS NO THREAT FOR FLOODING FROM THE POOL WITH THE RESERVOIRS BEHIND THE DAMS. AND LASTLY FROM THE RIVER AUTHORITY, LAKE CONROE IS NOT RELEASING WATER. THEY DON’T ANTICIPATE ANY RELEASES FROM CONROE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS EVENT. >>THANK YOU, JEFF. I WILL REPEAT MY REMARKS IN SPANISH. >>YOU ARE LISTENING TO A LIVE PRESS CONFERENCE WITH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WITH KEY INFORMATION COMING FROM JEFF LINTNER WHO FOCUSED AND KEEPS AN EYE ON THE WATERWAYS AMONG THE HEADLINERS THERE 13 COUNTIES NOW UNDER A DISASTER DECLARATION. >>HE REMINDED US THAT THE SAN JACINTO IS NOT ONLY SEEING MAJOR FLOODING BUT WILL CONTINUE TO RISE AND IS NOT EXPECTED TO CRESTED TOOK TONIGHT ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER BUYERS IN OUR AREA THAT WILL CONTINUE TO RISE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS IF NOT INTO THE WEEKEND. THERE ARE SOME ISSUES THERE. THE GOOD NEWS IS THE PARKER AND ATTUCKS RESERVOIRS DO HAVE PLENTY OF CAPACITY WE WON’T SEE ANY KIND OF FLOODING THAT WE SEEN IN THE PAST IN THOSE AREAS. AS WE LOOK AT THE REALLY DRAMATIC PICTURES NOW ON YOUR SCREEN OF 18 WHEELERS PULLING OVERSIZED LOADS GOING RIGHT THROUGH THIS HIGH WATER. WE WANT TO GO UP TO MYCAH HATFIELD. ABC13 REPORTER AND I-45 AND 249 TO GIVE US AN IDEA OF WHAT SHE IS SEEING THERE. HELLO, MICAH. >>HEY, GUYS. WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF STOCK CARS. WHERE THEY ARE TRYING TO GO IS FLOODED AND THEY DON’T WANT TO FLUB OUT THEIR CARS AND I WANT TO SHOW YOU JUST HOW BAD IT IS HERE. THIS IS 249 WRITE A 45 AND A BOX TRUCK YOU ARE LOOKING AT THAT IS BEEN ABANDONED HERE AT THE INTERSECTION AND THIS IS WHAT WE SEE. SO MANY FLOODED CARS JUST LEFT HERE. THE PEOPLE DRIVING THEM AREN’T EVEN AROUND. THE WATER IS RISING ONTO 45 IN THIS AREA AND IT IS STARTING TO COME ONTO THE INTERSTATE. LIKE I SAID PEOPLE WHO ARE UP HERE NOW THERE ARE DOZENS OF CARS STOPPED ON THE ROAD AND SOME ARE SITTING TRYING TO WAIT IT OUT AND OTHERS KIND OF CHATTING WITH EACH OTHER AND TRYING TO MAKE THE BEST OF THIS SITUATION. THEY SAY THE ROUTE HOME IS FLOODED AND THEY ARE JUST BEING A PEER. WOMAN SAID SHE WAS UP HERE SINCE 11:30 A.M. AND SHE SAYS SHE WON’T STAY UP HERE A COUPLE OF MORE HOURS AND THAT IS THE SENTIMENT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SHARING WITH US. VERY HIGH WATER IT IF WE CAN PAN OVER HERE AND SHOW THIS DO NOT ENTER SIGN. YOU KNOW HOW HIGH THOSE SIGNS ARE. THE WATER IS ALMOST UP TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SIGN. VERY HIGH WATER. PEOPLE WALKING THROUGH IT EARLIER HAVE BEEN UP TO THEIR WAIST IN WATER. A LOT OF PEOPLE TAKING SHELTER AT THIS GAS STATION AND THEY REALIZE THEY ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE SOON AND HANGING OUT TRYING TO MAKE THE BEST OF IT. THEY SAY THEY WILL STAY UP HERE FOR SEVERAL MORE HOURS BUT THEY DON’T WANT TO RISK IT AND THEY DON’T KNOW THE ROADS ARE FLOODED AND WHERE THEY MIGHT ENCOUNTER THAT. >>IT’S BEEN A ROUGH DAY FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, MICAH. YOU ARE FLOODED OUT AND YOU CAN’T GET HOME AND WHAT A STORY PEOPLE HAVE. THEY BEEN UP THERE SINCE 11:00 A.M. TILL 4:30 FIVE PLUS HOURS. >>AND THAT SCENE IS PLAYING OUT ALL ACROSS OUR AREA. HUNDREDS OF NOT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE STUCK IN THEIR VEHICLES AND LET’S GO BACK TO THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. THEY ARE TAKING QUESTIONS THAT WE WANT TO LISTEN IN. >>AS FAR AS ANY MAJOR CONCERNS OR ANYTHING THAT HAS REQUIRED MAJOR TRANSPORT WE HAVE NOT HEARD ANYTHING. >>AGAIN I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE CLEAR AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE UNINCORPORATED AREA OF HARRIS COUNTY I AM NOT SPEAKING FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON. SOME THINGS MAY HAVE COME UP BY THE CITY OF HOUSTON EXPECT THE NUMBERS REMAINED THE SAME. 1200, 1500 AND AGAIN THE NUMBERS AS THEY DRIFT IN PEOPLE ARE MAKING RESCUES. WHAT I WILL SAY IS I WANT TO TAKE RESIDENCE. IF YOU ARE IN A SAFE LOCATION STAY AND WE BELIEVE WE SEE THAT OCCUR. OUR BIGGEST CONCERN IS IF YOU KNOW IN YOUR AREA IS FLOODING OR AFRAID YOU WON’T GET HOME STAY WHERE YOU ARE AT. KEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROADWAYS SO FIRST RESPONDERS CAN CONTINUE TO MOVE THROUGH THE PASSAGEWAYS. WE FED SOME AREAS WHERE THE VEHICLES LINED UP WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO MOVE THE BOATS THROUGH THEIR. PGH PLEASE CONTINUE TO ADHERE TO THAT. THANK YOU. HOW WILL YOU ADJUST THROUGHOUT THE EVENT. THE WATER IS THERE AND THERE IS DEBRIS. >>GREAT QUESTION. YOU ASKED HOW OUR EFFORTS WILL CHANGE AS WE GO INTO THE NIGHT TIME. WE’VE BEEN HAVING PLANNING MEETINGS AND HAVING COMMUNICATION WITH LOCAL RESPONSE PARTNERS. WE WILL CONTINUE THE RESCUES. WHAT I WILL SAY IS THAT. WILL THERE BE AREAS WE HAVE TO PULL BACK BECAUSE SOME BOATS HAVE THE SPECIFIC LIGHTS AND AGAIN WE WANT TO BE CAREFUL NOT RUNNING INTO CERTAIN THINGS. WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW IS PUSHING OUT THE MESSAGING WITH VARIOUS RESPONDERS DRIVING THROUGH NEIGHBORHOODS MAKING SURE THE SAFE AND CLEARED OUT AND OUR RESPONSE WILL CONTINUE BUT AS YOU NOTE THE RESPONSES MAY CHANGE AT NIGHT DUE TO A MORE CRITICAL NEED. AGAIN WE WANT TO REITERATE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RESCUE AND EVACUATION. EVACUATION IS WE NEED TO GET YOU OUT OF HERE BECAUSE THE WATER IS RISING. WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO ADHERE TO THAT EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON DURING THE DAYTIME HOURS AND GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT TO THOSE AREAS. >>>>CURRENTLY WE HAVE 93 CLOSURES THROUGHOUT THE HOUSTON DISTRICT. RIGHT NOW 45 AT NORTH MAIN WE HAVE SOME ISSUES. 69 EAST TEXAS AT 610 WE HAVE MAJOR ISSUES. MOSTLY IN THE NORTH PART OF OUR DISTRICT AND ALSO NEAR THE DOWNTOWN AREA. WE ARE ASKING FOLKS TO STAY OFF THE ROAD BUT THE ROADS ARE JAMMED AND FOLKS ARE JAMMED UP ON THE ROAD AND THERE ARE ROADS WITH HIGH WATER AND FRONTAGE ROADS. >>THOSE ARE ALL STATE ROADS AND INCLUDED ARE THE EXIT AND ENTRANCE RAMPS AND FRONTAGE ROADS IN ADDITION TO THE MAIN LANES. >>ARE THERE NO CHANGES IN YOUR PLANS? >>TO BE CLEAR. THERE IS NO PLANNED RELEASE OF THE RESERVOIR. WE ARE NOT SEEING THAT WILL PREDICT THAT AT ALL. TO CONCLUDE STAY OFF THE ROAD. IF YOU’RE UNCOMFORTABLE AT WORK OR SOMEWHERE ELSE YOU ARE STUCK YOU WILL BE A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND AS IT GETS DARK IT’S HARDER FOR FOLKS TO GET TO YOU. EVERYONE KNOWS TO DO THAT AND STAY OFF THE ROADS AND FOLKS HAVE BEEN HEATING THAT ADVICE AND THE FIRE MARSHAL YOU KNOW WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEE THE RESULTS OF FOLKS FOLLOWING THAT ADVICE BY HAVING FEWER RESCUES THAT WE COULD HAVE EXPECTED AND WE NEED FOLKS TO HELP US WITH THAT. WE ARE WATCHING OUT FOR YOU AND READY TO RESPOND AND HELP OUT AND FOLKS HAVE A FULL TEAM HERE ACTIVATED AT LEVEL ONE. ALL PARTNERS ARE WORKING IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH THE STATE AND PARTNERS AND WE ARE READY TO BE THERE FOR THE COMMUNITY. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>>YOU BEEN LISTENING INTO THE VERY LATEST OF THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. NO BIG HEADLINES AND THERE ARE 93 CLOSURES ALL AROUND THE CITY. REALLY MUCH EVERYWHERE YOU GO YOU END UP GETTING STUCK AS YOU CAN SEE FROM OUR TRANCE OUR CAMERAS AND THIS IS THE CASE FOR SO MANY PEOPLE. UNFORTUNATELY THESE PEOPLE ARE STUCK IN SITUATIONS THEY CAN’T GET OUT OF AND THEY MAY BE THERE IN THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. >>AGAIN SPEAK TO THE 93 CLOSURES WE HAD THROUGHOUT. LET’S GO TO MARLA CARTER ON THE EASTEX FREEWAY HEADING SOUTHBOUND IN A HIGH WATER RESCUE VEHICLE. CAN YOU HEAR US, MARLA? >>I CAN HEAR YOU. WE ARE HEADING SOUTHBOUND ON EAST TEXAS SOUTH OF PALMER HEADING TOWARD LITTLE YORK AND YOU CAN SEE THE HIGH WATER HERE ON THE FEEDER AND TO THE RIGHT YOU CAN SEE ALL OF THE TRAFFIC WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT. REALLY BACKED UP BECAUSE PEOPLE CAN’T GET ANYWHERE. WE’VE BEEN TRAVELING ALONG WITH THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND WE SEEN A NUMBER OF CARS STRANDED, PEOPLE SUBMERGED IN MIND ARE WRONG THE ROADWAY HERE. THIS AREA IN THE NORTHEASTERN PART OF THE COUNTY WAS BADLY HIT AND YOU CAN SEE THESE CARS TRYING TO GET ON HIGHER GROUND THAT SHOCK LOOKED LIKE IT TO COME WATER IS WELL AND HAD TO PULL OFF THE ROAD HERE IS ANOTHER VEHICLE. YOU CAN SEE A PASS BY AND IT WAS IN HIGH WATER. RIGHT NOW WE’RE GOING INTO NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE PEOPLE HAVE SAID THEY NEED TO BE RESCUED AND THAT’S WHY WE HAD TO THIS AREA. LOOK AT THE WRONG WAY SIGN AND YOU CAN GET AN IDEA OF HOW HIGH THE WATER STILL IS IN THIS AREA. HEADING SOUTHBOUND ON THE 59 FEEDER TOWARD LITTLE YORK. LOOK AT THIS AND ALL THESE PEOPLE PARKED OVER HERE AT THE SHORT RUN. ALL OF THESE CARS TRYING TO GET ON HIGHER GROUND FROM ALL OF THE FLOODING THAT HAPPENED HERE AND IT HONESTLY LOOKS LIKE WE ARE GOING THROUGH A RIVER BUT REALLY WE ARE DRIVING UNDERNEATH THE FREEWAY. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL THE WATER WE ARE SEEING AND WE ARE WITH THE HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. THEY ARE TAKING US THROUGH THIS AREA AS THEY GO TO RESCUE SOME FAMILIES AND THEY JUST RESCUED A FAMILY OF 10 SHORTLY BEFORE WE MET UP WITH THEM. THEY HAVE DEFINITELY BEEN BUSY AS ALL OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE TODAY AS YOU CAN IMAGINE. YOU CAN SEE THE CARS DRIVING UP UNDERNEATH THE FREEWAY AND YOU SEE PEOPLE LINED UP ON THE SIDE OF THE FREE WEIGHT WITH UMBRELLAS LOOKING OUT. THIS IS SOMETHING WE ARE NOT USED TO SEEING THE PEOPLE HAVE ABANDONED THEIR VEHICLES AND GOTTEN OUT OF THEIR VEHICLES AND IF YOU ARE ABLE TO GET BY THE WATER WASN’T TOO HIGH A LOT OF PEOPLE OBVIOUSLY STOPPING WHERE THERE COULD AND GETTING OUT OF THEIR VEHICLE NOW AND WE COULD SEE IT AT THIS WALGREENS AND VARIOUS AND EVEN ALONG THE FREEWAY AND THAT’S ABOUT IT IS AND IT’S UNBELIEVABLE TO LOOK AT THESE IMAGES, GUYS. >>YOU GUYS ARE GETTING SUCH A GREAT VANTAGE POINT OF PEOPLE STALLED OUT OR JUST BASICALLY TRYING TO WAIT THE STORM OUT AND NOT CHANGE THAT WITH THE VEHICLE. HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO SPEAK WITH ANYONE AND ASK THEM WHAT THEY WERE TRYING TO DO? THEY WERE TRYING TO GET TO WORK? SOME OF THE REASONS WHY PEOPLE WERE OUT ON THE ROADWAYS TODAY. >>RIGHT BEFORE YOU WERE HERE WE WERE AT THE AIRPORT AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE GETTING TO THEIR FLIGHTS AND NOT ANTICIPATING IT WOULD RISE THIS QUICKLY AND PEOPLE HAD TO PULL OVER WHERE THEY STARTED THINKING OKAY THIS ROUTE IS FLOODING AND I WILL GO A DIFFERENT WAY AND THEY FOUND THEMSELVES STUCK. WHAT’S THAT GOT OUT AND TRY TO FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE THAT ROUTE FLOODED AND THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE AND EVENTUALLY THEY SAID OKAY AND GOOD TO PULL OVER AND GET TO HIGHER GROUND AND PLAY IT AS SAFE AS I POSSIBLY CAN. IT JUST CAME SO FAST AND THEY WERE NOT EXPECTING THIS. AND SO THAT’S KIND OF WHAT WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR. AGAIN, NOW WE ARE HAVING A LOT OF RESCUES. UNDER THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN A NUMBER OF RESCUES BRINGING OUT THE RESCUE VEHICLE AGAIN AND LOOK AT THE MCDONALD’S. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE. IT’S GOOD A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO GET THEIR CARS OFF THE ROAD AND A LOT OF TIMES WE SEE THEM. NOW WE ARE ON THE FEEDER AGAIN AND SO GLAD TO SEE AT LEAST SOME OF THOSE CARS ARE INSTALLED ON THE ROAD AND I KNOW IT’S GOT TO BE DEVASTATING FOR SO MANY PEOPLE. >>IT REALLY IS AND I ASKED THE QUESTION AND I CAN IDENTIFY. I GOT ON THE ROAD ON THE EASTEX FREEWAY FROM THE NORTH BELTWAY AROUND 11:30 AT NOON AND IT TOOK ALMOST TWO HOURS TO GET INTO HER AND THEY WERE NAVIGATING SPOT IN HIGH WATER LIKE LIMIT PICKUP. EITHER WAY YOU CAN IDENTIFY WITH PEOPLE. THEY HAVE TO BE SOMEWHERE AND IT’S NOT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE BUT THEY FEEL THE NEED TO. >>IT’S UNREAL BUT WE SEE THE IMAGES PICKED DOWN ON THE ISLAND ON THE COAST THEY’VE BEEN GETTING HIT SO HARD. NOT JUST TODAY BUT FOR SEVERAL DAYS NOW AND WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU. WE WANT TO SHOW YOU LIVE PICTURES AND TRY TO GET UPDATES ON WHAT’S HAPPENING DOWN THERE AS WELL. LET’S GET TO CHIEF FORECASTER DAVID ALLEN. >>WE WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE THIS CAMERA AROUND AND FIND INTERSECTIONS WHERE THERE IS MORE WATER. THIS SIDE STREET WE SAW A PICKUP TRUCK TRYING TO NAVIGATE IT AND EVERY SINGLE QUARTER HE GOT TO THERE WAS STANDING WATER. HE WAS ABLE TO GET THROUGH BUT I HAVE A GOOD REASON TO BELIEVE THAT MORE THAN 5 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN THERE TODAY AND BECAUSE THE RAIN CONTINUES TO COME DOWN THAT THERE ARE ROADS IN GALVESTON COMPLETELY UNDERWATER AND WE WILL FIND THEM AND SHOW THEM TO YOU AS WE HEAD TO THE EVENING COMING UP. GALVESTON 76 DEGREES THERE’S THE RAINFALL TOTAL. FIVE-POINT SIX INCHES OF RAIN THERE IS THE CITY OF HOUSTON. RAIN CLOUDS ARE OVER US WITH LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN COMING DOWN BUT THE REALLY HEAVY RAIN HAS PUSHED ON TO THE SOUTH. WE DID GET OUR TEMPERATURES ON THE SCHOOL SIDE RATHER COOL SIDE . WE WANT TO CHECK THE BUFFALO BAYOU AT SHEPHERD. THE CURRENT STAGE IS AT 20 DIED. 62 FEET. IT SHOULD CREST SOMETIME THIS EVENING AT 33 FEET. A MAJOR FLOOD STAGE COMING FOR THE BUFFALO BAYOU AND SHEPHERD BRIEFLY AND THEN IT WILL FALL QUICKLY. LOOK AT HOW FAST IT ROSE ALL THE WAY FROM 3 FEET TO 29 FEET AND IT LOOKED LIKE IT HAPPENED OVER THE COURSE OF JUST A FEW HOURS THERE. AN EXTREMELY FAST RISE ON THE BUFFALO BAYOU AND SAME THING ON THE GREENS BAYOU RIGHT AT MAJOR FLOOD STAGE NOW AND IT’S ABOUT TO CREST AND IT SHOULD BE FOLLOWING. AS WE HEAD TO THE REST OF THE OVERNIGHT HOURS THAT ONCE WAY UP THERE IN THE SAN JACINTO AND CRESTING ABOUT 55 FEET AND THAT SHOULD BEGIN TO FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE SOMETIME TOMORROW MORNING AND BELOW MAJOR FLOOD STAGE AND I SHOULD SAY. A HUGE FLASH BLOOD EMERGENCY THAT REMAINS IN EFFECT RIGHT NOW. SOME OF IT WILL BE EXPIRING COMING UP HERE WITHIN THE NEXT HOUR OR SO AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS SAYING THEY WILL ISSUE AN AERIAL FLOOD WARNING WHICH BASICALLY MEANS THAT THE REALLY HEAVY RAIN HAS STOPPED AND THE FLOODING CONTINUES. PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING AND A LOT OF WATER NO MATTER WHAT YOU CALL IT AND IT’S A VERY DANGEROUS EVENING ON THE WAY FOR US TO PICK THE HEAVIEST RAIN HAS PULLED WHILE TO THE START INTO PARTS OF BRAZORIA COUNTY, GALVESTON COUNTY GETTING POUNDED WITH HEAVY RAIN AND THE SCATTERED ACTIVITY EXTENDS ONTO THE WEST OVER HOUSTON. LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN. NORTHWARDS HARRIS COUNTY NOT SEEING THE ACTIVITY. HERE IS WHERE THE RAIN COMES DOWN. LAKE JACKSON IS HEAVY AND READ THE READING HEAVY AND PULLED TO THE SOUTH AND ALL OVER THE FREEPORT AREA AT THIS TIME AS WELL AND HEADING TOWARD THE SERGEANT AREA THAT PICKED UP OVER 20 INCHES OF RAIN A COUPLE DAYS AGO AND WE ZOOM INTO GALVESTON AND WE DO HAVE HEAVY RAIN OVER THE ISLAND IN THE FLESH FOR THE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6:15 AND NOT GOOD EVENING TO BE OUT IN GALVESTON AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE RAIN WILL LAST THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS OR SO SO WHAT YOU SEE NOW WILL ONLY GET WORSE AS THE HEAVY RAIN CONTINUES TO PUSH ACROSS THE AREA. WE HAVE A VERY HEAVY THUNDERSTORM WITH LIGHTNING AROUND THE EL CAMPO AREA THAT STRETCHES INTO SOUTHERN PARTS OF COLORADO COUNTY AND IT APPEARS THIS THUNDERSTORM IS SOMEWHAT STATIONARY WE COULD EVENTUALLY OF PROBLEMS IN WESTERN PARTS OF MORTON COUNTY DUE TO THIS THUNDERSTORM WHICH IS NEARLY STATIONARY AND NOT MOVING MUCH AT ALL AND ALL OF THIS ACTIVITY RELEASES TO THE NORTH OF BAY CITY AND LET’S HOPE IT WEAKENS BEFORE IT MAKES IT DOWN TO BAY CITY. BY 10:00 MOST OF THIS WILL BE GONE FROM NOT COMPLETELY SURE ON THAT BUT CERTAINLY THINGS HAVE STABILIZED OVER HOUSTON TO THE POINT WHERE WE WON’T SEE MUCH ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAIN COMING UP TONIGHT. WIDELY SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSHOWERS AROUND AND WE THINK AS WE GO THROUGH THE DAY WE SEE A FEW MORE WITH THE 30% CHANCE IN THE FORECAST. IF WE HAVE ANY ISSUES TOMORROW IT’S A VERY SMALL AREA AS FAR AS ADDITIONAL RAINFALL GOES AND THIS IS WIDELY SCATTERED AND WIDESPREAD RAIN COMING THIS WEEKEND INTO TOMORROW. 30% OF THE WEEKEND ABOUT A 70% CHANCE AND IT EXTENDS TO THINK TOMORROW MORNING AND AS WE HEAD INTO NEXT WEEK 20% CHANCES. 30% CHANCE AND LATE IN THE WEEK WITH ONE MORE STRIPPED MOVING UP THE GULF OF MEXICO AND THE RAIN CHANCES GO BACK UP TO 30 AND 40%. IT WILL BE DANGEROUS EVENING OUT THERE FOR THE AREA. TRY TO STAY INDOORS IF YOU CAN. >>ALWAYS GOOD ADVICE, DAVID. ARE YOU STUCK IN TRAFFIC OR AT HOME AND YOUR WORK? MAYBE YOU HAVE BEEN IN AN AREA THAT’S BEEN DECIMATED. GIVE US A CALL AT (713)669-1313 OR SEND IN YOUR VIDEO TO US AT NEWS AT ABC 13.COM AND E-MAIL IT AND WE WANT TO GIVE YOUR STORY SOME ATTENTION. (713)669-1313 OR SEND US A VIDEO WITH YOUR NAME AND WHERE YOU ARE TO NEWS AT ABC13.COM. >>WE WANT TO STAY ON TOP OF THE FLOODING ISSUE AND WE KNOW THE BUYERS HAVE NOT REQUESTED YET LET’S GO DOWN TO HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROLS AND JEFF LINDER. JEFF, CAN YOU HEAR US? >>YES, AGAIN. WE CAUGHT MOST OF YOUR LIFE PRESS CONFERENCE THERE AT THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WHAT YOU THINK AS THEY MOVE FORWARD IN THESE BANDS ARE DYING DOWN AND IS WHAT IS THE KEY THING FOR PEOPLE TO REALIZE AT THIS POINT. EXPECT THE NUMBER ONE THING GOING INTO THIS EVENING IS JUST BECAUSE IT HAS STOPPED RAINING DOESN’T MEAN THE WATER IS GONE. IT WILL TAKE TIME TO GO DOWN ESPECIALLY THE BUYERS AND CREEKS OUT OF THEIR BANKS. THIS COULD LAST WELL INTO THE EVENING HOURS IF NOT INTO FRIDAY MORNING AND IN THE NORTHEAST PART OF HARRIS COUNTY AND EASTERN ROUNDS CEDAR BUYER AND SAN JOSE RIVER IT WILL CONTINUE TO GO THROUGH THE WEEKEND. BE CAUTIOUS JUST BECAUSE THE RAIN HAS STOPPED WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF WATER UNDER DRAINAGE SYSTEMS AND ARE CREEKS AND BAYOUS IN THE ROADWAY SYSTEMS ARE TRYING TO CATCH UP FROM THE DELUGE WE HAD THIS MORNING AND THAT IS SIX AND HALF INCHES OF RAINFALL IN ONE HOUR IN THE ALL GREEN SPRING NORTH SIDE SIDE OF DOWNTOWN AREAS. >>HUGE AMOUNTS OF WATER AND AS WE LOOK AT THE STRAND STAR CAMERAS OF THE FREEWAYS THAT HAVE NOT REOPENED. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STUCK THERE FOR HOURS AND SOME OF THAT IS BECAUSE OF THE BAYOU WATER. IT’S NOT BECAUSE THE DREAMS ARE NOT KEEPING UP. >>YES. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WE HAVE IS I-10 INTO I-40 FIVE. IT IS AN AREA WHERE WE’VE HAD PROBLEMS BEFORE ENDED AREA WITH A WHITE OAK VOLUME GETS HIGH AND IT OVERFLOWS INTO THE FREEWAY AND GOES DOWN THE WATER AND THE FREEWAY WILL GO DOWN THOSE CARS AND VEHICLES FOLKS ON THEIR MOVING INTO THE BAYOU GOES DOWN. THE WHITE OAK BAYOU AS CRESTED STARTING TO FALL BUT HAS DEFAULT 23 FEET BEFORE WE SEE THE REEF FREEWAYS RELAX WITH THE WATER. WE SUSPECT WE COULD HAVE THAT LATER THIS EVENING AROUND 6:00 OR 7:00 7:00 BUT THAT IS AN IMPORTANT POINT TO MAKE. IF YOU ARE AT WORK TRYING TO GO HOME YOU CAN MAYBE GET TO THE FREEWAY BUT YOU MAY BE STUCK OR YOU MAY BUT NOT ABLE TO GET OFF OF IT IN THE WATERFLOODING ALONG THE I-40 FIVE U.S. 59 AND I-10 EAST NORTH FREEWAY IS NOW ON THE FRONTAGE ROAD SO YOU CANNOT EXIT THE FREEWAY EVEN IF YOU CAN GET ON IT. >>THE MAIN LANES I-40 FIVE NORTH OF NORTH WAYNE IN THE VEHICLES ARE BOBBING IN THE WATER. WE SEE ONLY THE TOPS THAT MAKES THE POINT YOU MAKE NOW WITH HUGE AMOUNTS OF WATER. JUST WE WANT TO ASK YOU OF COURSE WE SEE WIDESPREAD FLOODING HERE IN ONE SPOT UNFORTUNATELY WE GO BACK TO WHEN WE COVER HERE IS THE KING WOULD AREA. WITH CRUISE UP THERE AND PEOPLE OF WATER IN THEIR HOMES AS WELL AND WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THE FLOODING THAT PERSISTS IN THAT AREA EXPECT UNFORTUNATELY THAT AREA KING MOLD CROSBY WAS HIT HARD, THAT’S ONE OF THE AREAS THAT SAID THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF RAIN OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS AGO 20-25 INCHES OF RAIN FALLING IN THOSE COUNTIES. A LOT OF THE FLOODING IS ACTUALLY FROM THE ROADWAY SYSTEMS AND ROADSIDE DITCH SYSTEMS BEING OVERWHELMED BY THE VOLUME OF WATER. WE ARE EXPECTING FLOODING AND WE WILL HAVE IT ON THE EAST AND WEST FORKS OF THE RIVER AND I WILL TALK ABOUT THE WEST FORK PARTICULAR. THAT RIVER IS RISING AND WILL GET AROUND 55 FEET FOR RESIDENTS THERE THAT UNDERSTANDS WHAT THE ELEVATION MEANS TO THEM BUT THE MAJORITY OF FLOODING IS COMING FROM THE TRIBUTARIES IN THE ROADSIDE DITCHES IN THE STREET DRAINAGE SYSTEMS OVER OVER, ALL OVER AND SIMILAR RATES AND OUT OF THE SAME AREA VERY SIMILAR RATES BUT A LITTLE LONGER DURATION AND HIGHER OVERALL TOTALS. 20-25 INCHES OF RAIN AND 2 FEET OF RAIN IS A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF WATER. >>EXTREMELY HARD TO KEEP UP WITH NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF SYSTEM YOU HAVE A GOOD NEWS YOU PASS ALONG AND WE WANT TO REITERATE FOR FOLKS ANYWHERE NEAR THE ADDICKS AND BARKER RESERVOIRS, THERE IS PLENTY OF SPACE IN THOSE RESERVOIRS AND AT THIS POINT NO THREAT OF ANY RELEASES THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN AND EVERYONE IS LOOKING FOR IN THAT PART OF TOWN AS WELL. >>THAT IS RIGHT. THERE WILL BE NO RELEASES FROM EDISON AND BARKER AND FLOOD GATES ARE CLOSED AND NO FLOODING BEHIND ADDICKS AND BARKER FROM ANY POOLS THAT ARE BACK THERE AND ALSO FOR THOSE OF YOU IN KINGWOOD AND HIM BOTH WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT LAKE CONROE AND THE FLOODGATES AT LAKE CONROE REMAINS CLOSED AND NO WATER RELEASED AND THE ANTICIPATION IS NO WATER WILL BE RELEASED FROM LAKE CONROE. >>A BIT OF GOOD NEWS THERE FOR THE HIM BOTH KINGWOOD AREA WHERE THEY SEE SO MUCH FLOODING. GREAT INFORMATION, JEFF AND WE KNOW YOU ARE EXTREMELY BUSY. AGAIN JEFF WITH HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL. >>HE HAS BECOME SUCH UNKNOWN FACE THROUGHOUT THESE EMERGENCIES. WE APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME TO TALK TO US. JEFF, THANK YOU. >>>AS WE TRY TO HELP YOU GET AROUND TOWN AND FOR THOSE OF YOU STUCK UP THERE AND IT AND PROTECT POTENTIALLY STREAMING IS LIVE WE WANT TO GET OVER TO OUR TRAFFIC EXPERT BRHE BERRY TO FIND OUT WHAT THE LATEST IS EVERYWHERE. THREE, THE SITUATION IS NOT GETTING BETTER AND I-40 FIVE NORTH. >>I JUST TWEETED THIS OUT. IT’S HARD FOR ME TO LOOK AT TELLING YOU ALL THE ROADWAYS FLOODED WHERE WE HAVE HIGH WATER. YOU NEVER WANT TO SEE THESE IMAGES AND YOU KNOW THE STRESS AND ANXIETY THESE PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH. WE DO HAVE THESE CARDS WERE A LONER, I THINK YOU MENTIONED IT. WE ARE SEEING THE TOPS OF THE VEHICLES. RATED NORTH MAIN IT’S COMPLETELY STAND STILL UNDERSTANDABLY ON BOTH SIDES HERE AND COMPLETELY IMPASSABLE WITH A HIGH WATER AND THIS IS ONE AREA WE ARE LOOKING AT. 45 NORTH ARE SPOTS WE ARE LOOKING AT AND OTHER LOCATIONS THAT ARE AT A STANDSTILL. IF YOU’RE HEADING IN THAT DIRECTION AND I SHOWED CAMERAS EARLIER PASSING 45 NORTH I THINK IT’S A GOOD INDICATION IT’S NOT A GOOD DEAL RIGHT NOW. ABC13 REPORTER T.J. PARKER SENT ME A PHOTO FROM HIS FRIEND. IT’S STILL THE CASE UNFORTUNATELY. YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE VEHICLES HERE THAT ARE STUCK BUT WE DO HAVE FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO TAKE SOME OF THESE CARS STUCK IN THE LINE AND TRIED TO GET THEM TO LOOP BACK AND COME HERE THROUGH THIS EXIT. IT SEEMS THAT WATER AT THIS POINT MIGHT BE TOO HARD TO DO THAT SAFELY AND WE DO HAVE A FIRST RESPONDER OUT HERE MONITORING THE VEHICLES AND WE KNOW THIS GROUP HERE SEEMS TO BE OKAY BECAUSE THEY DO HAVE FIRST RESPONDERS CHECKING ON THEM BUT HERE AT TC JESTER IT’S BEEN HOURS LONG. IF YOU HAVE A LOVED ONE STUCK ON KATIE TELL THEM IT’S NOT SAFE TO PASS AND THEY’RE ONLY WAITING UNTIL IT’S CLEAR TO GET THEM TO MOVE ALONG AGAIN. THAT’S ANOTHER AREA OF ISSUE. OUR TRANS CAR CAMERA MOVED AND WE WERE JUST SEEING HOW FLOODED IT WAS UNDER THE SILVER PAST WITH SOME CARS LOADING BUT CAMERA HAS MOVED. EAST TEXAS FREEWAY AT THE NORTH LOOP. SHOULD DO THIS FOR A WHILE AND IT DOES NOT LOOK LIKE TRAFFIC HAS PICKED UP AT ALL AND UNDER THIS OVERPASS IT’S HI AND SOME CARS TRIED IT. RIGHT NOW I THINK EVERYONE IS MAKING THE BEST JUDGMENT CALL TO STAY IN PLACE. THIS IS SOMETHING WE SEE IN A LOT OF AREAS. JEFF LINDHART MENTIONED IT AND DAVID PULLMAN MENTIONED IT. JUST BECAUSE THE RAIN HAS STOPPED DOES NOT MEAN THE ROADWAYS ARE CLEAR AND KEEP THAT IN MIND AND YOU’RE WONDERING WHEN THE BEST TIME TO LEAVE WOULD BE PUT THE BEST THING TO DO NOW IS TO STAY PUT. IN THOSE PLACES OR MAYBE THESE CARS ARE DOING OKAY LIKE RIGHT HERE IN EAST TEXAS FREEWAY MOVING ALONG AND EVERYTHING SEEMS FINE AND YOU GET TO A POINT WHERE YOU ARE COMPLETELY STUCK. WE SEEN PEOPLE TRY TO TURN AROUND AND GO THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION GET OUT OF THEIR VEHICLE AND LEAVE IT AND THAT’S NOT SAFE. RIGHT NOW WE WANT EVERYONE TO STAY SAFE AND THE BEST THING IS TO STAY WHERE YOU ARE PRETTY HIGH WATER LOCATIONS NORTH EAST IS WHERE WE SEE THE WORST OF THE ROADWAYS AND IS TO EAST HOUSTON AND WE KEEP AN EYE ON THIS FOR YOU SO YOU CAN BE SAFE AND GET YOUR FAMILY AND LOVED ONES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BUT LET’S STAY PUT AND STAY SAFE. >>ADMITTED TO THE UNDERPASS. EVERYONE WAS HUGGING THE INSIDE MEDIAN. BREE, THANKS FOR THE UPDATE AND WE WANT TO SHOW YOU VIDEO FROM ACROSS OUR AREA AND PLENTY COMING IN AND THIS IS THE INTERSECTION AT TIDWELL NEAR THE EAST TEXAS FREEWAY. ANOTHER MICROCOSM HERE. THE GREEN LIGHT AND NOBODY GOES ANYWHERE RIGHT NOW. >>TAKE A LOOK AT THIS VIDEO. THE DRIVER OF THIS WHITE CAR YOU SEE THERE SUDDENLY LOSES CONTROL AND INSTANTLY TRAPPED BY THE WATER AND IT IS FLOATING. THE VEHICLE IS FLOATING IN THIS WAS EARLIER TODAY AND WASHINGTON YOUR TC JESTER PICKED THE GOOD NEWS IS THE DRIVER TAKE IT OUT OKAY. >>UNBELIEVABLE VIDEO RIGHT THERE. ONE OF THE BIG STORIES TODAY IS PASSENGERS STRANDED AT BUSH CONTINENTAL AND ROADS WERE IMPASSABLE LEAVING DRIVERS AND PASSENGERS STRANDED. MANY GETTING OUT OF THEIR VEHICLES RIGHT HERE AND WALK INTO THEIR TERMINALS WITH THEIR LUGGAGE. SHUTTLE BUSES, TAKE A LOOK AT THAT ONE. METRO BUSES WERE OVERTAKEN WITH THE WATER AS WELL. A LOT OF THE WATER IN THESE PHOTOS HAS RECEDED. AGAIN WE SAW THE ONE PICTURE OF THE PEOPLE WITH THE LUGGAGE IN THEIR HAND TRYING TO MAKE THE FLIGHT. >>PARENTS WEREN’T THE ONLY ONES TRYING TO GET KIDS OUT OF THE WEATHER. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS DOG. SHE IS QUICKLY TAKING HER PUPPIES IN FROM THE HEAVY RAIN AND MOVING THEM INSIDE THE HOUSE AS FAST AS YOU CAN. AND THE PANIC KNOW THAT I THINK SO MANY OF US FEEL PICS BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. THIS IS SAN FELIPE IN THE GALLERIA AREA AND YOU CAN SEE THE RAIN FORCING A MANHOLE TO POP OFF AND IT’S JUST THE FLOODWATER COMING UP ON THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM RIGHT THERE AND SO MUCH DRAINAGE SYSTEM IT COULDN’T TAKE ANYMORE AND IT SIMPLY POPPED OFF THE MANHOLE COVER. >>WE BEEN CHECKING IN WITH OUR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DAVID RODRIGUEZ HE IS OR WAS ON THE NORTH FREEWAY AROUND THE WATER BURGER WHERE WAS HANGING OUT. DAVID IT DOES NOT LOOK LIKE YOU’VE GONE ANYWHERE FAST? >>YES. STILL HERE. PRETTY MUCH THAT’S THE STORY. EVERYONE IS STICKING AROUND. THERE IS NOT MUCH WE CAN DO ABOUT THE TRAFFIC BECAUSE NO ONE IS LEAVING. NOBODY IS MOVING AN INCH. THIS IS THAT I-40 FIVE JUST BEFORE THE NORTH LOOP HEADS SOUTHBOUND IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES ARE PRETTY MUCH THE SAME WAY AND WE GET A LOOK AT THE WHATABURGER WHICH IS BEEN SURROUNDED BY WATER SINCE I’VE SEEN IT WHICH IS BEEN ABOUT THREE HOURS NOW AND STILL PEOPLE ARE STILL TRYING TO GET THROUGH THIS WATER. VERY FEW HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL. I DON’T KNOW IF THIS PERSON WILL MAKE IT. NO ONE IS IN THAT CAR BY THE WAY . THEY ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT TO A RAMP. IT’S KIND OF OUT OF HERE BUT ONLY SOME REALLY, REALLY TALL HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES HAVE MADE IT. FOR THE MOST PART EVERYONE IS STOPPING AND WAITING FOR THE WATER TO GO DOWN. THAT’S REALLY THE BEST THING ANYBODY HERE CAN DO. THERE IS NOWHERE TO GO. I HAVE SEEN THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT OUT ON RESCUE BOATS WITH HIGH WATER VEHICLES AND THEY WILL STOP IN HERE AND ASKED IF ANYONE NEEDS ASSISTANCE GETTING OUT. I SAW SOMEBODY IN THIS WHITE CAR RIGHT HERE. A WOMAN DROVE IN AND SHE GOT IN OVER HER HEAD AND SHE GOT OUT AND SHE WAS LOOKING AROUND AND SHE DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO AND SHE GOT ON THE HOOD OF HER CAR AND KIND FOLKS AT THE WHATABURGER WALKS IN THE HIGH WATER AND HELPED PULL HER OUT. THAT’S PRETTY MUCH WHAT I’VE BEEN SEEING HERE AND IT’S A LOT OF PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE AND DRIVERS TRYING TO TAKE THEIR CHANCES. >>IT’S A VERY FAST WAY TO RUIN A NICE TO TAHOE WE SAW GO THROUGH THERE, DAVID. WE UNDERSTAND THE FRUSTRATION. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STUCK THERE FOR HOURS AND ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE SCREEN, THAT IS THE TRANS- STAR SHOT OF EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE AND WE CAN SEE THE MAINLAND. HERE IS THE STRAND START AND EVERYONE IS STUCK FOR MILES AND NO ONE GETS THROUGH. IT DOES GET VERY FRUSTRATING WHEN YOU ARE STUCK ON THE WHATABURGER ISLAND YOU CAN’T GET OFF OF BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT IS HOOD DEEP WATER THERE. >>IF YOU HAVE TO BE STUCK SOMEWHERE WHATABURGER IS THE PLACE. DOUBLE MEET WITH CHEESE WILL MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER WITH BACON. DAVID RODRIGUEZ OUR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER TRYING TO MAKE IT INTO WORK. ONE OF THOUSANDS HOUSTONIANS ON THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY. >>>LET’S HEAD BACK TO KINGWOOD. THIS IS AN AREA WE ARE SO CONCERNED ABOUT. THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVE FLOODED THEIR THAT ARE WATCHING THE WATER IS STILL RISING AND SOME PLACES. PERSIA HAS AN UPDATE. >>Reporter: ACTUALLY, ALTHOUGH NOT, I DID HAVE GOOD NEWS FROM RIGHT HERE IN KINGWOOD. I CAN TELL YOU THE WATER HAS DRAMATICALLY GONE DOWN AND I WOULD SAY FOR THE PAST 45 MINUTES OR SO IF YOU LOOK DOWN HERE JUST ABOUT HALF AN HOUR AGO WE SAW WATER ALMOST UP TO MAILBOXES AND AT THIS POINT YOU CAN SEE IT IS GOING DOWN AND IN FACT THE RESCUE BOATS ARE JUST NOW LEAVING THIS AREA BECAUSE THERE IS NOT ENOUGH WATER. THEY WERE SCRAPING THE VERY BOTTOM AND WE WERE JUST ABLE TO GET SKY DRONE UP THERE TO REALLY GIVE YOU A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAMAGE OUT HERE. THIS IN ELM GROVE AREA. WE SPOKEN TO MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE FRUSTRATED AND THEY ARE TIRED OF THIS AND SOME OF THEM ACTUALLY FLOODED DURING HARVEY AND THEY FLOODED AGAIN IF YOU REMEMBER DURING THE LARGE STORM ON MAY 7TH AND THAT THE DAY THAT MANY PEOPLE OUT HERE JUST KEEP ON REPEATING. IT WAS VERY EMOTIONAL MANY WERE FLOODED OUT OF THEIR HOMES AND WE HAVE SPOKEN TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD SEVERAL INCHES AND EVEN A FOOT OF WATER INSIDE THEIR HOMES. ALL DAY LONG THEY’VE BEEN WATCHING AND WAITING AS ALL OF THIS GOES DOWN AND I’M GOING TO ACTUALLY SEE IF I CAN TALK TO SOMEBODY. SIR, DO YOU LIVE AROUND HERE? >>YES I DO. >>HOW IS YOUR HOME DOING. >>I GOT WATER IN THIS TIME AND WATER AND LAST TIME. I HAVE HUMIDIFIERS GOING AND WE START PUTTING OUT WALLS AND NOW GETTING READY TO GET MY BOOTS ON AND WALKED BACK HERE AND SEVERAL FAMILIES THAT HAVE SEVERAL FEET OF WATER IN THEIR HOMES AND WE WILL GO IN AND HELP YOU GET PEOPLE OUT AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO. >>YOU SOUND INCREDIBLY CALM AND SOMEONE WHO’S BEEN THROUGH THIS BEFORE. >>IT WENT THROUGH HARVEY AND DID A LOT OF WATER RESCUES AND REFURBISHED TEAR OUTS AND THE WHOLE WORKS. RECONSTRUCTION AND OUR MAY FLOOD DID THE SAME THING AND I’M ACTIVE HERE. I’M ON A PAGE CALLED FLOODING KINGDOM WITH KINDNESS. FOLLOW ME THERE AND WE DO A LOT OF COMMUNITY WORK AND WE CAN GO NOW AND NOW IT IS TIME TO HELP OTHERS THAT ARE LESS FORTUNATE. >>YOU ARE FANTASTIC. >>Reporter: I CANNOT EVEN IMAGINE HAVING A THOUGHT SO KIND WHILE DEALING WITH MY OWN HOME. IF YOU COULD BECAUSE RIGHT NOW WE ARE NOT ALL THE WAY DOWN THERE BUT WE DO HAVE A CHOPPER OVERHEAD. DESCRIBE WHAT YOU SEE INSIDE THE NEIGHBORHOOD. >>A LOT OF WATER IN THE HOMES DOWN IN THIS AREA UP TO A COUPLE FEET OF WATER, DEBRIS FLOATING AND OUR WILDLIFE IS AT STAKE HERE TOO AND JUST A LOT GOING ON. THE REASON AND BEING CALM IS 20 MINUTES AGO I HAD A GOOD CRY. YOU GET THE CRYING OUT AND YOU KEEP GOING. GOD IS NOT GOING TO PUT ANY MORE ON YOU THAN YOU CAN HANDLE . SO I’M LOOKING ROUGH AND SCRUFFY NOW BUT I HAVE A JOB TO DO EXPECT I HAVE TO SAY YOU ARE AN UPLIFTING PRESENCE IN THANK YOU SO MUCH AND SOMETIMES A GOOD CRY CAN SOLVE EVERYTHING. GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR HOME. WE ARE OF COURSE SEEING A LOT OF KINDNESS OUT HERE AND PEOPLE OUT HERE KNOW THEY AREN’T THE ONLY ONES DEALING WITH THIS AND THEY LOOKED OUT AND THEY SEE THEIR NEIGHBORS AND OTHER PEOPLE AROUND THEM DEALING WITH THIS TERRIBLE SITUATION AND THEY HOPE THE WATER DRAINS. BACK TO YOU. >>YOU FEEL FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE THAT GENTLEMAN. THANK YOU. >>LET’S GET OVER TO DAVID TILLMAN FOR UPDATE ON THE WEATHER AND THE RADAR, DAVID. >>WANT TO SHOW YOU A COUPLE OF THINGS HERE. THE FLASHLIGHT EMERGENCY IN EFFECT FROM NORTHEASTERN TO THE NORTH AND EAST HAS NOW EXPIRED. THEY EXPIRED AT 5:00 AND THE OTHER AT 4:45. BUT THERE IS STILL SO MUCH PULLING GOING ON EVEN THOUGH THE RAIN INTENSITY HAS GONE WAY DOWN IN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUT THAT SAME AREA ON AN AREA FLOOD WARNING AND THAT GOES FROM CONROE TO CLEVELAND TO THE EAST AND ENCOMPASSES ALL OF LIBERTY COUNTY, CHAMBERS COUNTY CHAMBERS COUNTY, MOST OF HARRIS COUNTY, IT DOES NOT INCLUDE NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY AND BELIEVE YOU’RE NOT SOME PLACES UP THERE HAVE NOT SEEN A RAIN. NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY MISTERS BUT THE REST OF IT, WE GOT HIT GOOD. NORTHERN GALVESTON AND NEAR THE COAST WITH THIS EXTREMELY HEAVY RAIN ONGOING AND FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS IN EFFECT NOW AND HERE IS THE WAY IT LOOKS OVER HOUSTON AND PRETTY DRY ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE SEE A FEW PATCHES OF LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN MOVING ACROSS HOUSTON AND HARRIS COUNTY AND MOST OF THAT IS WEAKENING ITSELF. WE HAVE POCKETS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN TO THE NORTH AND PARTS OF WALKER COUNTY BUT THIS IS NOT A PLACE THAT SAW HEAVY RAIN TODAY THIS IS FEEDING INSTABILITY THAT’S UP THERE NOW AND THEN WE HAVE TREMENDOUS SCREENS CONTINUING FROM GALVESTON TOWARD ANGLETON AND LAKE JACKSON. SO THAT IS WITH A FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT NOW. HEAVIEST ACTIVITY AT THIS HOUR IS LIKE RIGHT OVER FREEPORT AND LOOK AT THE LIGHTNING AROUND FREEPORT THIS IS NOT A GOOD PLACE TO BE OUTSIDE FOR SURE AND IT APPEARS THIS LINE IS SINKING SLOWLY TO THE SOFTWARE THE SERGEANT AREA. HERE IS A FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR GALVESTON THAT GOES UNTIL 6:15 P.M. WE HAVE POCKETS OF HEAVY RAIN AND THE INTENSITY HAS GONE DOWN FROM WHAT IT WAS EARLIER BUT READING HARD ENOUGH TO KEEP THE ROADWAYS UNDERWATER AND GALVESTON THE WORST OF THE WEATHER OVER TOWARD LAKE JENSEN AND HERE IS A QUICK LOOK AT WHAT THE RADAR IS SAYING FELL OVER THE ISLAND TODAY. THE OFFICIAL MOCK AMOUNT OVER 5 INCHES AND THE RADAR SAYING IN OTHER PARTS OF THE ISLAND WE SEEN ANYWHERE FROM 7-8 INCHES OF RAIN WE SEEN QUITE A BIT OF RAIN OVER THE ISLAND. FURTHER OUT TO THE WEST HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS WITH LIGHTNING JUST TO THE NORTH OF EL CAMPO AND SOUTH OF GARWOOD. THESE SEEM TO BE STATIONARY AT THIS TIME. EVERY RAIN AND WE NEED TO WATCH RIGHT THERE AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S BECOMING STATIONARY BEFORE IT MAKES INTO MOST OF MATAGORDA COUNTY. SO FAR TODAY MATAGORDA COUNTY HAS BEEN SPARED AND WE BEEN HIT HARD AND TODAY THINGS ARE LOOKING OKAY AND WE ARE HOPING THIS LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS BASICALLY FALLS APART BEFORE IT MAKES IT INTO THE REGIONS REGIONS. OUR FUTURE TRACK IS SAYING SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THAT MAY JUST HAPPEN. A LOT OF THIS ACTIVITY WILL BECOME BY 10:00 P.M. AND WE SHOULD BE QUIET OVERNIGHT TONIGHT AND THEN AS WE GET INTO NEXT WEEK OR TOMORROW WE ARE EXPECTING SCATTERED STORMS TO DEVELOP ONCE AGAIN AND NOT NEARLY AS WIDESPREAD OR HEAVY IS WHAT WE SAW OUT THERE FOR TODAY, GUYS. >>THANKS VERY MUCH. AN AMBULANCE PULLING IN RIGHT NOW. WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ANY INJURIES BUT WE DO KNOW THE ROOF COLLAPSED ON THIS POST OFFICE AND I WANT YOU TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THAT. >>TAKE A LOOK. THE MAIN DRAG IS COVERED IN WATER. >>WHOEVER IS ASKING FOR HELP IF YOU’RE WATCHING IS ON THE WAY BUT IT WILL COME IN THE FORM OF A BOAT. AS YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF FLOODED OUT CARS AND PEOPLE ALSO GETTING TO HIGHER GROUND UNDERNEATH THE OVERPASS. >>>AN ENORMOUS TREE FELL ON TOP OF A HOME. THIS DID NOT HAVE BEEN DUE TO WIND PICKED THIS