Houston Rains Bringing Floods Reminiscent of Hurricane Harvey, Water Rescues Begin Into the Night

The fourth-largest city in America is bracing for storms Thursday night that could bring even more flooding to a region that has been saturated during the last week. Houston officials have emergency vehicles staged for anticipated flooding not seen since Hurricane Harvey in 2017, which was one of the greatest rain events in the country's history.

Local news outlets are reporting water rescues as the storm has begun its entry into the metropolitan area.

Some areas of the Greater Houston area have already seen record flooding this last week, and as storms are expected to roll through Thursday evening, officials are warning residents to stay indoors and use caution if going outside.

"Look at this flooding in Sugar Land. They saw 8 inches of rain in 4 hours. To give you perspective, the city saw the same amount of rain in 3 days during Harvey," Maria Carter of ABC 13 tweeted.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner advised residents to "please stay home" and be "weather alert."

"Houston Police have officers, aircraft, boats and high water rescue vehicles staged and ready to respond to anyone needing help tonight. We hope they don't have to. Please stay home," the mayor tweeted

"We are anticipating a lot of rain beginning tonight through Saturday. We have assets deployed, barricades are in place, Public Works on standby with equipment pre-positioned. Be weather aware and weather alert," the mayor tweeted.

Houston and its surrounding suburbs endured epic rain and flooding during Hurricane Harvey, which dumped more than 50 inches of rain in less than 48 hours in some portions. There was major flooding on streets and major highways during late August 2017. Some parts of the city still haven't fully recovered yet.

Lessons learned during Harvey have officials on high alert when floods threaten the low-lying Bayou City. The city also asks for residents to stay off the roads Thursday night, and to not put themselves at risk.

"Please stay off the roads tonight. We hope you won't need them but if you do, our firefighters and police are staged with their rescue equipment. Remember, you put not only your lives but the lives of our brave first responders at risk when you go out in a flood," the mayor tweeted again.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office has 14 rescue boats and 11 high-water vehicles on standby for rescues, according to ABC 13 in Houston. The county received resources for more swift-water boats and rescue training in the aftermath of Harvey.

"When you look at it on your street, it's barely moving," one resident told ABC 13. "But when you get out where is, that water means business."

Many local school districts have already announced they will be closed on Friday, and the National Weather Service has stated the thunderstorm watch is in effect until 1 a.m. CT on Saturday.

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