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Old 07-02-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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I 10 going into Houston

We are east Beaumont, TX receiving warnings about driving into Houston on I 10 due to high water, flooding and MORE rain. Is there any local knowledge you would like to share with us? We are staying at Gulf Coast RV Resort at the moment. We're thinking of getting onto 96 and heading to DFW and across, picking up I 10 near Van Horn.

Just wondering if anyone else out there is in this same mess.
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:40 PM   #2
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If you don't need to go to Houston why don't you take Hwy 287 all the way to IH 45. Of course you would be seeing some of the countryside by going this way.

One thing about Houston, when it rains it pours but it drains quickly. According to the weather forecasters, more of the same tomorrow.

You should be able to get all sorts of weather info on the net. Google Houston TV stations and many of them stream current weather.

Good luck and safe travels.

On edit...I reread your post. If you are going to DFW just to miss Houston don't go that far out of your way. The only problems you would have with flooding in Houston would be on the freeway feeders and side streets. The freeways will be fine. Just have enough fuel to get you through Houston so you don't have to stop.
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:41 PM   #3
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weather tends to run west to east I'd choose northerly as an evacuation direction.
ever been to Oklahoma or the Ozarks?
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:13 PM   #4
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Maybe this link will help. Houston traffic news, maps and road conditions | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

For your info and some of the other readers/posters...this storm system is part of the hurricane that came ashore in Mexico. Most always our rains (floods) come from the south (Gulf of Mexico) not from the west to east. The rain will be training south to north so going north will not necessarily be the best route for you.
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:22 PM   #5
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When discussing Houston drainage and flooding, we used to say that we're 50 miles inland at 50 feet elevation - for the civil engineers out there, that won't get you 1/4" per foot!

Many of our low-lying areas on the freeways (underpasses, etc.) depend on diesel-powered pumps to pump the water out during heavy rains. This afternoon, one of the pumps broke down on I-10 on the east side of downtown, and I-10 East was shut down due to flooding. Chances are that they'll have it running by morning if it's not already running.

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HERE is the link to KHOU, channel 11 in Houston.

Jim is correct, this weather pattern is moving south to north and headed up to Dallas and generally all over the state. they claim the worst of it is over now. More rain Saturday and Sunday. It is fed by the circulation (now a low pressure) resulting from hurricane Alex. Lows and hurricanes rotate counter clockwise and the low is over Mexico now. The rains are being feed as the moisture is dragged from the gulf.

The I-10 flooding was on the main lanes, just east of down town. As you come into Houston, you have the choice of taking Beltway 8 which becomes the Sam Houston Tollway (take it to the north) but the tolls will be 3 or 5 plazas to get back to I-10 on the west side. Or take Loop 610 to the north and all the way to I-10 on the west side.

Once the rain stops, the water will go down pretty quickly. The problem on the east side was the pumps at an under pass were not running to relieve the water.

You should be good to go to come straight through on I-10 this weekend.

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According to internet news, 5 inches of rain have fallen on the Houston Area. Flash flood warnings were terminated with rain diminishing Friday evening.

Saturday is another day.

The above came from a search on "Houston street flooding" without the quotes.

Areas of Houston can be very difficult to navigate during heavy rains. Plus the possibility of hydroplaning is pretty high in that area. Once the bayous flood they have no where to go but into the streets. It is the underpasses that suffer the most. I don't believe you have to worry on the I-10, but do not deviate to side streets when it has rained hard.

Clear Creek flooded onto FM-528 during this rain period. That is an unusual occurrence, but it is well South of I-10.
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Thank you ALL for your quick and informative responses. You can't know how much it means. Your local knowledge and your links are proving to be most helpful. I love this forum. Best to all,
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