HFD Response To Flash Flooding Across Houston

Tens of thousands of people lost power today as powerful thunderstorms swept over the Houston region, dropping several inches of rain. A tornado damaged the Mall of the Mainland in Texas City and hundreds of cars were stranded along roadways.

The Houston Fire Department responded to more than 150 calls from drivers stranded on the roads.

Lisa Campbell, an assistant chief, says there were no reported deaths or major injuries, but the department was very busy:

“We didn’t have any swift water rescue, any major rescues. But citizens were getting themselves into trouble by driving into high water, and we were being called out to assist those citizens and help them get to safety.”

Campbell says reports came in from all over the city.  

“The flooding was all over Houston but in particular there was some very, very serious flooding in the Medical Center area. 288 was completely underwater in fact it’s still having some high water problems now. The rain has tapered off quite a bit now but it’s still going to be several hours before that water drains off.”

Reported rainfall around the region was between one and three inches.

screen shot from Accuweather of storm system
Screen shot from Accuweather of storm system

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Carrie Feibel

Health & Science Reporter

Carrie Feibel is KUHF's health and science reporter. She comes to Houston Public Radio after ten years as a print reporter...