Rain and Flooding in Houston

Flooding in Houston on June 19, 2006
Today's rain and flooding is causing big problems on the city's south and east sides, where streets and some freeways are impassable because of the high water. As Houston Public Radio's Jack Williams reports, roadways have become parking lots in parts of the city today.

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At the intersection of the Gulf Freeway and the 610 South Loop, flooding has turned the roadways into a parking lot, with several feet of water covering cars and trucks that got stuck in the high water. Chris Sanders moved to Houston from New Orleans earlier this year and was on his way to Hobby Airport for a business trip back to his old home. He's now stuck on the Gulf Freeway, waiting for the water to go down.

"I thought this was like an overflow and I got out of the car and I realized that this was a street. It very much got my attention. I was trying to get to the airport. I was supposed to fly to New Orleans for three days of business and now I'm just kind of stuck here because the problem is there's nowhere to get off of 45 so I just figured I just stay here and wait it out."

Jon Banda lives in Katy and was on his way to work on the city's south side when high water caused him to pull over and wait it out.

"It just goes to show you that you have to either be informed before you go out and if you don't do that you're going to be stranded."

Just east of the the Gulf Freeway on Old Galveston road, several cars are stalled-out in high with, with one woman wading away from her flooded vehicle, with the help of several bystanders, including this man who says this reminds him of Tropical Storm Allison.

"This is continous so you got to wait it out and see how it goes. I hope it's not like Allison because I lost my car in Allison, I lost a lot in Allison. Allison, Katrina, Rita, none of them. I don't like the women names. Let's get a guy. Let's make this Alan."

The Houston Fire Department says it's made at least 5 high water rescues around the 1-45/610 intersection so far today.

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Jack Williams

Director of News Programming

News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...