HOUSTON – To monitor this week’s potential for severe weather, including street flooding, the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has activated the City’s Emergency Operations Center to Level III, Increased Readiness.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the Houston region through 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Forecasted estimated rainfall totals are about 5 to 8 inches widespread, with isolated areas with 9 to 12 inches possible through the weekend.

Various City departments have been preparing for the potential of severe weather this week. This includes pre-staging barricades and high-water vehicles throughout Houston.

Houston OEM is maintaining contact with the National Weather Service and Harris County Flood Control District as additional storms approach Houston and begin impacting the area. OEM is also coordinating response activities and situational awareness with City departments and partner agencies.

In addition, the City of Houston has activated a Joint Information Center (JIC) to manage public information related to this week’s weather and the City’s response. JIC staff will provide weather updates and public safety messaging via AlertHoustonwww.houstonemergency.org, and OEM’s social media accounts: NextdoorTwitter,Facebook, and Instagram.

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