Historic Flood Hits Houston Hard


As life slowly returned to normal, the Klein community and surrounding areas still were impacted weeks later by what meteorologists and scientists called a “historic flood.” Life came to a standstill as homes and many local streets filled with water, making them impassable for several days.

Areas of north Houston received approximately 10-20 inches of rain in a 24-hour period, leading to massive flooding and road and school closures, according to weather.com

Rainfall started to cause dangerous flash flooding in the Houston area early of the morning of April 18. This was a concern due to the heavy rain leading to multiple water rescues in Harris County.

On April 17, not only was there a high threat of flash flooding, but a slow moving cluster of storms the moved across the areas of eastern and central Texas, meteorologists said. .

Weather officials said a dangerous funnel cloud came out of the sky on Sunday night around 6 p.m. near I-45 and 646 City, which created large thunderstorms that had strong winds that tore roof shingles off and tossed large objects in the air.

From about midnight to 4 a.m. on April 17,  several tornado warnings were issued across the area.

Officials confirmed a tornado touched down near Klein Collins High School, causing widespread damage and displacing students from their normal classrooms even a week later.

Houston officials said nine people lost their lives because of the flooding.

Several students and staff members were impacted as streets remained flooded and impassable. Roads hardest hit for the Klein area was Cypresswood Drive. The road was under high water from Monday through Thursday as the area creek continued to rise.

“During the flood, the water came at least 10 inches from my house. We couldn’t leave the house at all and had a very tough time moving around the house.  A lot of things had to come from down stairs to the second floor because of the water being in my house. The water just made it very hard to move around,” said Mary-Frances Nance.

Because of the storm that dropped almost a month’s worth of rain in just a few hours in Southeast area of Texas, not only were many homes damaged, but there were many  area schools in neighboring districts that were either damaged or had to shut down because of the wind and rain that made it dangerous for students and teachers to commute to school.

But, the Klein district wasn’t the only school district to shut down that week. Katy and Cy-Fair, and Spring School district were also shut down during that week.

“I couldn’t leave my house because my street and cypress wood where both flooded. There was no damage other a hole in my roof and we had to stay inside.” said junior Jacob Burwell

According, to Springhappenings.com, The Cy-Fair school district  was the district with the most flooding damage in their schools. Cy-Fair High School’s first floor was almost completely underwater making it impossible to go to school for that whole week.

Even as the rains faded away and the damages became more evident, everybody tried to help each other whether it was volunteering, getting people out of their homes, or even letting people stay at their homes while flood victims’ houses were still flooded..

The Klein Multipurpose Center took in donations the week of April 18-22, as well as several area business donated profits to those affected by floods.

“My flood experience was very stressful a lot of things in my house were damaged like my shoes my clothes my house was completely flooded so my mom and I had to leave the house be picked up by National Guard, and go stay with my aunt for a short time,” said Chris Barnes

Donations can still be accepted for those impacted by floods. Klein ISD will also be accepting gift cards at the KMPC on  2920 through May 4.