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Make Flood Safety a Priority Bookmark

For the past two years, the Houston area has suffered historic flooding resulting in deaths and property damage, especially areas in northwest Harris County and Precinct 4. During severe thunderstorms and flood events, residents are encouraged to check in often with the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.

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For the past two years, the Houston area has suffered historic flooding resulting in deaths and property damage, especially areas in northwest Harris County and Precinct 4. During severe thunderstorms and flood events, residents are encouraged to check in often with the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) and the National Weather Service (NWS).

During these times, public safety organizations across the county gather at the Harris County Emergency Operations Center to provide an accurate information source for the public. In 2016, the Harris County Emergency Operations Center was activated eight times for severe weather. Residents are also encouraged to avoid driving in the dark during heavy rain when visibility is limited.

Low-lit areas make it difficult to spot deep water. Only six inches of water can cause tires to lose traction and begin to slide, and 12 inches of water can float many vehicles. For debris removal blocking roadways and ditches in Precinct 4, residents can call Precinct 4’s Community Assistance Department at 281-353-8424 or call the Harris County operator after hours at 713-755-5000. Precinct 4 has crews available during emergency flooding events to keep roadways clear.

 Stay updated during flood events at readyharris.org. For NWS flood safety tips and resources, visit www.floodsafety.noaa.gov. Local forecast information is available at www.weather.gov/hgx/.



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