1 PM 9/19 UPDATE Due to deteriorating weather conditions in our area, all City recreational activities and programming are canceled for this afternoon and evening. This includes activities and programming at Hometown Heroes Park, the Helen Hall Library, the Chester Davis Sportsplex, the Civic Center, and all other city recreational facilities. The Helen Hall Library and Hometown Heroes Park will be closing at 1:30 p.m. All other City buildings will remain open until 5:30 pm. All City public meetings scheduled for this evening have been canceled, including Citizen University and the Historic Commission meeting.
10:30 AM 9/19 UPDATE The League City Emergency Management Department is in regular contact with the National Weather Service Office, which is here in League City. Based on the latest forecast, the heavy band of rain to our north, north-east is sagging south. At this time it is not expected to stall over us and bring the rainfall rates and totals we are seeing currently in the north and northeast Houston and Harris County area. However, we are in for more rain and we can expect this band to pull in more gulf moisture and scattered, sometimes heavy, storms up from the south to meet it. While the rainfall rates may be high in these cells, they are not expected to be long lasting. While this is not currently seen as an imminent threat, League City staff are mobilized should the need arise.
5 PM 9/18 UPDATE: The latest forecast from the National Weather Service Office has another 2 to 4 inches of rain for the League City area from 7 p.m. tonight through 7 p.m. Thursday night. So far, the City is averaging over 8 inches of rain over the last few days, though some parts have received more. League City is continuing to monitor the weather. Several City departments, including Streets and Traffic, Stormwater, Police, and Fire have staff on standby ready to assist with street barricades and flooding, debris removal, and any other emergency assistance should the need arise this evening and overnight.
6:30 AM 9/18 UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Flood warning for Clear Creek at 528 and Bay Area Blvd. Both of these locations are now out of bank. Clear Creek at I-45 does not yet have an active warning but we have received word that the creek has hit the top of the bank. Classes are canceled today for all Clear Creek ISD schools.Trash service will operate as normal today, but residents are asked to avoid putting trash bags and cans in or near drainage ditches and channels, and to assist neighbors with removing cans from the street once trash has been picked up.
Due to high water levels, the flowing parks are closed:
- Lynn Gripon park at Countryside with associated Bark Park and Trail alongside the creek
- Heritage Park/Butler Longhorn Museum parking Lot
- Dr. Ned & Fay Dudney Clear Creek Nature Center
- Senior programming this morning at Hometown Heroes Park has been canceled (programs and activities will run as scheduled this afternoon)
City Crews Inspecting Drains
League City Public Works crews are monitoring all areas of the City’s drainage system. This includes visual inspection of inlets, outfalls, gutter lines, and open water courses such as ditches, gullies, and canals. Citizens who observe blockages to any of these are asked to call 311 (between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) or report their concern via the City’s request tracker at http://www.leaguecity.com/requesttracker.aspx.
What you can do to assist?
League City residents are being asked to survey their property to secure items that could be blown or float into inlets and gutter lines. This will help avoid blockages to inlets and water pathways.
Turn Around Don’t Drown
Residents are also being reminded that during extended periods of heavy rainfall, water levels on a street can quickly rise, and the rate at which water is flowing can quickly change. It only takes 6 inches of water to knock you off your feet. It takes just 12 inches of water to carry off a small car; 18 to 24 inches for larger vehicles. Do not walk or drive into water. When approaching a flooded street, turn around, don’t drown. More than half of the death’s from flooding each year occur in vehicles.