Southeast Texas flooding updates: American Red Cross opens shelters in San Jacinto and Montgomery counties

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Heavy swaths of rain fell in Southeast Texas Wednesday, dropping more water on an already-saturated ground.

TEXAS, USA — A series of storms brought waves of rain to Southeast Texas Monday, Tuesday, and into Wednesday adding several inches of rainfall to the communities north and northwest of the Houston metro area.

The storms triggered a series of Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Flash Flood Warnings.

Check with the KHOU 11 News Weather Team for a look at the forecast.

School closures, delays, early release

TRAFFIC: High-water spots reported in the Houston area

Here are some updates:

Voluntary evacuations in San Jacinto County

San Jacinto County is announcing a voluntary evacuation of Camilla Twin Harbor and Cedar Valley. This is due to the imminent danger of high-rising water from the river.

San Jacinto County Declaration of Disaster 

San Jacinto County has issued a Declaration of Disaster due to the heavy rain and severe flooding in the area. The county recommends that residents living below the Lake Livingston dam and other low-lying, flood-prone areas voluntarily evacuate the area. The county also recommends an emergency release of Coldspring ISD and Shepherd ISD as a pre-emptive measure to ensure residents can navigate affected areas safely. 

San Jacinto County shelter

The American Red Cross is opening a shelter in San Jacinto County for those impacted by the heavy rain. The shelter is located at 121 Live Oak St, Coldspring, TX 77331

Evacuations near Lake Conroe

10 people were evacuated from a neighborhood in the area of FM 2854 & Steve Owens Rd. about 4 miles southeast of Lake Conroe, the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management said. Firefighters were going through the subdivision of about 50 to 60 people to see if anyone else wanted to leave.

1:10 p.m. Wednesday

Flood warnings are in effect along rivers and creeks in the Greater Houston area. See the latest flood alert locations from the National Weather Service.

12:30 p.m. Wednesday

Emergency crews are working to repair washed out roads in Polk County, northeast of Houston. One of those trouble spots is in Livingston, where a big hole opened up on Crystal Lakes West near Highway 190, which leads to a subdivision. 

The American Red Cross is setting up a shelter for residents who can’t get to their homes at the Dunbar Gym at 1103 Dunbar St. 

RELATED: Roads washed away by heavy rains in Polk County, northeast of Houston

6:30 a.m. Wednesday

Lake Conroe is temporarily closed due to high lake levels, the possibility of submerged objects, floating debris, and other hazards that could pose safety risks, according to the San Jacinto River Authority and Montgomery County Constable Precinct 1.

5:30 a.m. Wednesday

The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management has reported several road closures due to high water Wednesday morning.

1/24/2024 4:00am road update:

The following roads are known to our office to be currently closed or partially closed…

Posted by Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management on Wednesday, January 24, 2024

1:50 a.m. Wednesday

Rain totals just before 2 a.m. indicate that Brenham has received  9 inches of rain in the past 12 hours compared to a few tenths of an inch inside the city. The area remains under a Flash Flood Warning this morning.

10:05 p.m. Tuesday

Heavy rain was falling in Navasota. KHOU 11 News Reporter Matt Dougherty was live:

9:08 p.m. Tuesday

Livingston ISD announced that it was delaying the start of school on Wednesday by two hours.

LISD will have a two-hour delayed start tomorrow – Wednesday, January 24, 2024. All schedules will begin two hours later than the regular time. We will continue to monitor weather conditions.

Posted by Livingston Independent School District on Tuesday, January 23, 2024

9:06 p.m. Tuesday

The National Weather Service said Flash Flood Warnings were continuing with more rain on the way overnight.

8:54 p.m. Tuesday

NWS Houston announced a Flash Flood Warning would continue around Navasota until at least 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

8:29 p.m. Tuesday

Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD announced that it was delaying the start of school on Wednesday by two hours.

Good evening, COCISD.

Out of an abundance of caution, Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD will have a 2-hour delayed start on…

Posted by Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District on Tuesday, January 23, 2024

8:27 p.m. Tuesday

Shepherd ISD announced that it was delaying the start of school on Wednesday by two hours.

Good Evening SISD Community,
Shepherd ISD will be on a two-hour delayed start on Wednesday, January 24th 2024. This…

Posted by Shepherd ISD on Tuesday, January 23, 2024

7:58 p.m. Tuesday

The San Jacinto River Authority advised residents around Lake Conroe to secure their vessels due to the weather.

7:47 p.m. Tuesday

Anderson-Shiro CISD announced that it was delaying the start of school on Wednesday by two hours.

Out of an abundance of caution, Anderson-Shiro CISD will have a 2-hour delayed start on January 24th. Due to roads being…

Posted by Anderson-Shiro Elementary on Tuesday, January 23, 2024

7:37 p.m. Tuesday

KHOU 11 Chief Meteorologist David Paul provides a look at the weather conditions.

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