A stubborn rain cell hug over San Jacinto, Liberty and East Montgomery County Friday night flooding roadways, homes and cars. Cleveland received just over six inches, which flooded many streets. Cars on SH 321 near Cleveland High School sat in water as high as their doors. At one point, so many calls came in that Cleveland ran out of fire trucks and called in Tarkington for additional help.
In Shepherd, McClain’s Grocery Store suffered some roof damage when just over nine inches of rain fell in a very short period of time. Nobody was injured. The damage was restricted mainly to ceiling tikes covering the floors in rainwater. Employees working together were able to keep the damage minimal.
In New Caney, 18 inches of water covered the intersection of FM 1485 and Vick Road. Some homes suffered minor flood damage.
New Caney High School appeared as an island with rainwater completely surrounding it. Places off US 59 were closed near Community Drive and Montgomery County Precinct 4 deputies worked to divert traffic away from standing water on US 59.
An elderly woman on East Community Drive was restricted to her home as the area flooded. Using towels and blankets, she was able to keep some water out. Using a broom, she swept water entering her home back out. She said she had not seen Loop 494 flood like that since Hurricane Ike.
The rain finally moved south, reeking havoc on the City of Houston and closing portions of Interstate 10.