updated 2:00 PM UTC, Sep 29, 2016

Flash Floods Hit Houston Area

Flash Floods Hit Houston Area

( 4UMF NEWS ) Flash Floods Hit Houston Area:

Heavy rain inundated the Houston area with as much as 10 inches of rainfall in just six hours and triggered flash flooding early Monday.

Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District, said that “significant widespread flooding” was reported northwest of Houston. He added that a total of between 12 and 16 inches of rainfall was expected in the area by daybreak.

In a tweet, he warned of a “life-threatening situation” due to flash flooding developing in northwest Harris County. “Stay where you are,” Lindner added.

Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport banked 8.85 inches of rainfall by 5:20 a.m. (6:20 a.m. ET), breaking a daily rainfall record, according to the National Weather Service. By 7:30 a.m., all departing and arriving flights were canceled.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner closed all city buildings and canceled the State of the City address that had been scheduled for Monday. “This is a dangerous situation and I do not want our employees trying to get to work,” Turner said. “Do not go out until conditions improve.” Houston Independent School District was also closed Monday, according to the district.

Authorities confirmed early Monday that 5-10 inches of rainfall dropped in six hours in Harris County and neighboring Waller County.

The Houston Fire Department said at 5 a.m. (6 a.m. ET) that crews had assisted 15 people caught in the floods overnight and were continuing to rescue people throughout the morning. Another six people were rescued from cars stuck in high waters in Waller, according to the county’s emergency management office.

Chief Brian Cantrell, with the emergency management agency, said that 40 people were evacuated from a mobile home park, and two shelters had been set up.

“The situation is pretty serious,” said Rosie Torres, a spokeswoman for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The agency advised residents to “stay home and off the roads.”

“If your home or apartment takes in water, DO NOT LEAVE. You are safer inside your home. Straying into deep or fast moving flood waters means certain death,” the statement said.

Michael Walter, a spokesman for the Houston Office of Emergency Management, said early Monday that “tremendous rainfall” had been reported over western parts of the city.

Chief Brian Cantrell, with the emergency management agency, said that 40 people were evacuated from a mobile home park, and two shelters had been set up.

“The situation is pretty serious,” said Rosie Torres, a spokeswoman for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The agency advised residents to “stay home and off the roads.”

“If your home or apartment takes in water, DO NOT LEAVE. You are safer inside your home. Straying into deep or fast moving flood waters means certain death,” the statement said.

Michael Walter, a spokesman for the Houston Office of Emergency Management, said early Monday that “tremendous rainfall” had been reported over western parts of the city. The office activated an emergency operations center in response to the deluge, and asked residents to “avoid travel at all costs this morning.”

The Weather Channel warned that “heavy rain and thunderstorms remain a threat from eastern Texas northward to the Dakotas,” adding that “scattered severe thunderstorms may develop in southern Texas through Monday night” with “damaging wind gusts, hail and isolated tornadoes” all being possible.

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