Local officials are asking residents to move their vehicles to higher ground, avoid putting their trash out and to stay off the roads, if possible, as a slow-moving Imelda is expected to unleash heavy rain and winds on the Bellaire-West University area through at least early afternoon.
ABC-13 meteorologist David Tillman predicts it will be sometime between 1:30-3 p.m. before the system “eases up.”
The station also showed a flooded Weslayan Street in front of Weslayan Plaza with parking lots filling up with stranded motorists.
METRO has suspended all its transportation services, Hobby Airport has ceased operations, and HISD schools — including West U, which had an open house scheduled for tonight — has called off afterschool and evening activities.
The Post Oak School has advanced its dismissal times at both its Bellaire and Museum District campuses by one hour, and Rice University is calling off classes for the remainder of the day.
At an 11 a.m. media briefing, Jeff Lindner, Harris County Flood Control District meteorologist, said while Brays Bayou is “rising quickly,” it is “OK“ for now.
“We’re going to keep a close eye on Brays Bayou and White Oak Bayou to see how much inflow they get,” he said.
The Harris County Flood Warning System (HarrisCoutyFWS.org) shows more than 4 inches of rain has fallen in the last 24 hours in Meyerland at Brays Bayou. Residents can find links to a number of weather resources, including road conditions and alerts, at ReadyHarris.org.