Heavy rains return, causing area flooding
For the second time in less than two weeks, the South Belt community was hit hard by storms, causing extensive flooding in the area.
According to the Harris County Flood Control District, the A120 Beamer ditch at Hughes Road received nearly 6 inches (5.92) of rainfall in less than 12 hours late Monday, May 25, and early Tuesday, May 26.
The west and southwest parts of Harris County were hardest hit by the storms, receiving between 8 and 10 inches of rain.
The storms come fresh on the heels of another series of downpours that left more than 5 inches of rain in the area May 12-13.
At least six people are confirmed dead in Houston as a result from the storms, with two more being reported as missing.
The storms marked the first time since Hurricane Ike in 2008 the Harris County Office of Emergency Management authorized its Level 1 emergency plan.
Harris County was one of more than 40 counties in the state to be declared a disaster area by Gov. Greg Abbott at a joint press conference with Houston Mayor Annise Parker on Tuesday, May 26.
All Pasadena Independent School District classes were canceled. No makeup day will be required at the suggestion of Texas Education Agency officials.
Other closings included Harris County and City of Houston courthouses. Hundreds of Rockets fans were stuck at the Toyota Center for several hours Monday night following the team’s playoff victory over the Golden State Warriors.
METRO rail and bus service was limited following the storms, and roughly 50,000 CenterPoint Energy customers were left without power.
More than 750 abandoned cars were towed from city streets. To locate a towed vehicle, visit www.findmytowedcar.com. Car owners should have the vehicle’s license plate number or VIN ready.
During the peak of the storm early Tuesday around 3 a.m., Southeast Volunteer Fire Department Chef Chuck Tylka patrolled the South Belt area searching for residents in need of assistance. Upon seeing a large pillar of smoke coming from a local residence, Tylka feared the worst – that a house fire had erupted during the flood. Much to his amusement, however, the smoke was coming from a resident who was having a late-night Memorial Day barbecue in the heavy rains.
While the worst of the storms seem to have passed, weather predictions at press time still forecast significant rainfall over the next two weeks.
The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is asking county residents to fill out home flooding reports at www.readyharris.org/go/survey/1829/11787. The reports will help determine which areas have been most affected by the storms and will not be shared with anyone outside government. See related story on Page 6A.
While numerous streets flooded in the South Belt community, there were no reports of area homes being flooded. The news is in sharp contrast to past years, as the South Belt community has traditionally been one of the most flood-prone areas in the city.
Anyone who experienced home flooding is urged to contact the Leader at 281-481-5656 or email@example.com.
Multiple local high school graduation ceremonies are scheduled to take place this coming week.
Dobie High School will hold its graduation ceremony Wednesday, June 3, at NRG Stadium, beginning at 7 p.m.
For those unable to attend, the event will be streamed live online. A recording of the graduation ceremony will remain online through June 30. A DVD of the ceremony will be available to purchase for $20. To stream the ceremony or to purchase a DVD, visit www1.pasadenaisd.org/livestream.
Clear Brook High School will hold its graduation ceremony Friday, June 5, at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2305 E. Main in League City, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
All graduates are required to ride the bus and will meet at CBHS to be transported to Veterans Memorial Stadium for graduation. Arrive on campus by 4 p.m.
For guests who may be heat sensitive, the ceremony will be broadcast live in the Clear Creek High School auditorium. As an added convenience for out-of-town guests, the ceremony will be broadcast live on the district website, www.ccisd.net.
To ease traffic flow, beginning at 5:30 p.m., “Park and Ride” will be available for parents and guests at Goforth Elementary, League City Intermediate and Clear Springs High School. Every 10 minutes, buses will transport guests to and from the graduation site at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. Attendees should park their vehicle and walk to the bus ramp.
Additional handicapped parking has been designated on-site at Clear Creek High School and the stadium.
A decision to implement the rain plan, if needed, will be made between the hours of noon and 2 p.m. the day of graduation. The district web- site, www.ccisd.net, will have current graduation information in the Parent/Student link. The communication hotline (281-284-0027) will also be updated with the appropriate information. If it should rain, the ceremony will be held in two sessions and will take place in the Clear Creek High School, Carlisle Field House.
Students whose last name start with A-K will graduate at 6 - 7 p.m. (Bus departure from campus at 4 p.m.)
Students whose last name start with L-Z will graduate at 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. (Bus departure from campus at 6 p.m.)
Each graduate will be provided tickets for guests to attend the graduation ceremony in the Carlisle Field House. Tickets will be color-coded to reflect either Session I or Session II. Guests without tickets will be able to view the ceremony via broadcast in the Clear Creek High School auditorium.
There will be a designated rehearsal time set by the campus. Attendance at rehearsal is mandatory.
Students who do not abide by the graduation dress standards as set aside by the campus will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.
All noisemakers, including; bells, whistles, air horns and electronic noise makers are strictly prohibited and will not be permitted in the stadium.
For any additional graduation information, contact Jennifer Gault or Crystal Slivinsky at 281-284-2100.
All graduation ceremonies will be streamed live on www.ccisd.net. Stream will be available on iOS and Android mobile and PC and Mac desktop platforms.
There will be a 2015 graduation page on www.ccisd.net where all school graduation videos will be housed for the rest of the year. The video may be watched on the webpage or at the CCISDTV YouTube Channel in full resolution.
The videos will also be added to the CCISD iTunes Store Leading The Way Video Podcast where they will be available to view and download in a compressed or full resolution version.
All video downloads are free and will available by the end of June. DVDs will not be available for purchase.
Clear Horizons Early College High School will hold its graduation ceremony Saturday, June 6, at Carlisle Field House (located behind the stadium), 2305 E. Main in League City, beginning at 2 p.m.
The Leader’s annual high school special graduation edition will be published Thursday, June 4. It will feature information for J. Frank Dobie, Clear Brook, South Houston and Clear Horizons Early College high schools and Lutheran South Academy.
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