[STUDY] The Locations in Houston That are Most Prone to Devastating Floods

Common Flood Areas in HoustonAnytime it rains in Houston there is the possibility of high water areas. Especially if there are two to three inches of rain over a brief period of time.  It’s easy to misjudge the depth of floodwaters and get yourself in a bad situation. An important rule of thumb to keep in mind is that if you can’t see the curb, don’t drive into the water.

A normal passenger car sits approximately six to eight inches off the ground so it doesn’t take much to flood your vehicle.  In fact, it only takes a foot of water to float a car and two feet of moving water can carry away most vehicles. Once your vehicle is floating, the floodwater becomes your steering wheel causing the chance for the vehicle to be swept away, tipped over, or flipped.

The worst decision one can make is attempting to drive into floodwaters. Just wait it out, the good thing about Houston is that the water recedes fairly quickly.

As the National Weather Service has campaigned for years: “Turn around, don’t drown!” If you must drive, stay informed with weather and traffic updates through the National Weather Service and live Houston traffic updates.

Safety Tips For Driving For When It’s Raining 

  • Drive with caution and slow down in heavy rain
  • Provide extra braking distance
  • Stay away from puddles to avoid hydroplaning
  • Don’t drive near barriers or through high water

According to Flood Safety, flash flooding is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. There are approximately 200 deaths per year with over 50% of flood-related drownings are in vehicles. Texas leads the nation when it comes to flash flood deaths with 76% of deaths are vehicle-related.

The good news is that you can escape a sinking vehicle. If you are stuck in your vehicle underwater, you have an average of 30 to 60 seconds to get out alive.

It is natural to find yourself in panic mode and wanting to call 911 as the emergency is happening. However, the best thing for you to do is not to call 911 until you get out of your vehicle. Remain calm and act quickly. Time is critical as every second count for survival. It is best to focus on getting out of your car first and calling 911 once you’ve made it alive.

Here are some basic tips to keep in mind. Unbuckle your seatbelt to give yourself the flexibility to maneuver and escape. Open or break the passenger window before the water rises. Opening the door will be very difficult against the water pressure.

Vehicles with power windows can be difficult as the electrical system may shut down once the car hits the water. If you are unable to roll your window down, break the window using your headrest or a rescue tool such as a Swiss Army knife or a small hammer.  When a car is sinking, it will tilt forward causing the water to push against doors and windows. If you are unable to get the window open, keep trying until you are able to escape.

The Harris County Flood Control District’s Flood Warning System (FWS) measures rainfall and monitors water levels in bayous and major streams on a real-time basis.

(Harris County FWS Map: https://www.harriscountyfws.org)

The FWS is used by local and national agencies to inform users of potential and current flooding conditions in the area. Houston Transtar reports real-time high water locations in Houston-area roads. By using these resources proactively it allows you to take appropriate precautions during times of heavy rain and flooding.

Common Areas in Houston Prone to High Water

    • High Water Underpass include locations where underpasses experience high levels of water
    • Higher water indicators are water-level measuring devices constructed of a 0.75-to 1-inch pipe with holes in its bottom and a wooden stick and cork shavings inside
    • Flood Signals are locations of gages measure rainfall amounts and monitors water levels in bayous and creeks on a real-time basis to inform officials and the public of dangerous weather conditions

Key Flooding areas in Houston

North Houston

High Water Locations:

      1. Greens Rd at North FWY
      2. Greens Rd at E. Hardy Rd
      3. Crosstimbers at I-45N FWY
      4. Kelley St at Hardy Toll Rd
      5. Jensen Dr. at South of Bennington St.
      6. Bennington St at Eastex FWY, 77093
      7. Jensen Drive at North Loop East FWY
      8. Jensen Drive at N. Lyons Avenue

High Water Underpasses:

      1. 1600 Jensen
      2. 1600 East Crosstimbers
      3. 1900 Kelley Street
      4. 8100 Hempstead

Flood Signal Locations:

      1. 1700 Jensen Drive
      2. 6514 Jensen Drive
      3. 3500 Kelley
      4. 5800 Elysian
      5. 7506 E Hardy Drive
      6. 5405 Mesa Drive

Northwest Houston:

High Water Locations:

      1. Barker Cypress at Hempstead
      2. Barker Cypress at W. Parkview
      3. Barker Cypress at Clay
      4. Barker Cypress at Saums
      5. Clay Rd at West of Brittmore

High Water Underpasses:

      1. 7200 Senate Avenue

Flood Signal Locations:

      1. 10704 W Little York Rd

Central Houston:

High Water Locations:

      1. Allen PKWY at Waugh Drive
      2. Memorial at Waugh Drive
      3. Studewood at Katy FWY
      4. Center Street at Houston Avenue
      5. Houston Avenue at Katy FWY
      6. North Main at Burnett
      7. 2500 Allen Pkwy at Montrose Drive
      8. Memorial at Shepherd
      9. Memorial at Studemont
      10. Memorial Drive at Houston Avenue
      11. Katy Rd at Silver Eagle

High Water Underpasses:

      1. 100 Shepherd Drive
      2. 100 Yale Street
      3. 1000 Houston Avenue
      4. 1200 Studemont
      5. 1200 Wayside
      6. N. Main at Burnett
      7. 300 Studewood
      8. 3400 N. Shepherd
      9. 3500 Kelley Street
      10. 7000 Old Katy Rd
      11. Memorial at Woodway

Flood Signal Locations:

      1. 1989 Allen Parkway
      2. 3087 Allen Parkway
      3. 774 Houston Avenue
      4. Houston Avenue and Center Street
      5. 4450 Memorial Drive
      6. 10200 Old Katy Road


High Water Locations:

      1. Lamar Street at Bagby
      2. Walker Street at West of Bagby
      3. Travis Street at I-10 FWY
      4. Louisiana Street at N. Franklin Street
      5. 1300 Commerce Street at Austin Street
      6. Texas Street at Prairie Street
      7. Franklin Street at St. Emmanuel
      8. Mesa at N. US 90 HWY

High Water Underpasses:

      1. 100 Milam Street
      2. 300 S 75th
      3. 200 Forest Hill
      4. 2100 Franklin
      5. 2400 Harrisburg
      6. 2500 Allen PKWY
      7. 2900 Allen PKWY
      8. 3800 Polk
      9. 400 Houston Avenue
      10. 4800 Elgin
      11. 5600 Mesa
      12. 600 Broadway
      13. 6500 Jensen
      14. 7000 Clinton
      15. 7500 Clinton

Flood Signal Locations:

      1. 3799 Polk
      2. 2050 Franklin Street
      3. 7220 Clinton Drive
      4. 306 S 75th Street
      5. 600 Brooks Street
      6. 247 Forest Hill Blvd.

Medical Center:

High Water Locations:

      1. 7000 Main Street at Holcombe Blvd.
      2. 7000 Fannin Street at Holcombe Blvd

High Water Underpasses:

      1. 7000 Fannin
      2. 7000 Main

Flood Signal Locations:

      1. Main at Holcombe Blvd.
      2. Fannin at Holcombe Blvd.

The Heights

High Water Locations:

      1. White Oak Drive at Taylor Street
      2. White Oak Drive at Sabine
      3. Washington Ave at Hempstead
      4. North Main St. at West of Boundary St

High Water Underpasses:

      1. 4800 Memorial
      2. Washington at Old Katy Rd

Flood Signal Locations:

      1. Yale and Center Street

Southeast Houston

High Water Locations:

      1. Lawndale Street at Braes Bayou
      2. 9600 Lawndale at E. Goodyear Drive
      3. Galveston Road at S. Howard

High Water Underpasses:

      1. 4900 Galveston Rd
      2. 7200 J W Peavy
      3. 8100 Harrisburg
      4. 9600 Lawndale

Flood Signal Locations:

      1. 4401 Elgin Street
      2. 5455 Old Spanish Trail
      3. 4953 Galveston Road
      4. 8040 Harrisburg Blvd.
      5. 6598 Lawndale
      6. 9600 Lawndale
      7. 615 Broadway Street


High Water Underpasses

      1. Westpark at S. Kirkwood
      2. 11700 Richmond
      3. Westpark at Bonnebridge Way

Harris County Flood Warning System
Houston Transtar High Water Locations

We want to help you too.

Submit the short form below to get a free case review.

    Speak with a qualified attorney about your case.

    Get a Free Case Review

      Our Office Locations

      Houston Injury Lawyers (713) 405-1263 550 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 530 Houston, TX 77027
      Austin Injury Lawyers (512) 616-2222 9433 Bee Cave Road Building III, Suite 200 Austin, TX 78733
      Marble Falls Lawyers (830) 201-1111 705 US 281, Suite 200 Marble Falls, TX 78654
      San Angelo Attorneys (325) 340-4000 202 W Beauregard Ave San Angelo, TX 76903