Torrential downpours created a nightmare commute for Houston-area residents early Monday, flooding major traffic arteries and threatening some homes.
As much as 10.5 inches of rain was reported by the heart of the morning commute Monday, said Rusty Cornelius, administrative coordinator for Harris County Emergency Management.
The worst problems are reported in southeast Houston and western Pasadena. The National Weather Service reported that almost 6 inches of rain fell within 75 minutes early Monday near Hobby Airport. The weather service also estimated 5 to 8 inches of rain fell in three hours along Sims Bayou in southeast Houston.
Four homes were reported flooded in a neighborhood along Hunting Bayou, across the Houston Ship Channel from Pasadena, Cornelius said. The Washburn Tunnel beneath the ship channel at Pasadena was flooded an impassable this morning, and parts of Interstate 10, Beltway 8, and Texas Highways 225 and 288 in southern and eastern Harris County flooded.
Underpasses in the area were under water during the peak commute period, and the Houston Fire Department reported about a dozen high-water rescues of motorists in southeastern Houston, between Hobby Airport and Pasadena, Cornelius said.
Parts of Interstate 10, Beltway 8, and Texas Highways 225 and 288 in southern and eastern Harris County flooded, and the Washburn Tunnel beneath the Houston Ship Channel at Pasadena is reported to be flooded and impassable.
Flooding also was forecast along Armand Bayou, between Ellington Field and the Johnson Space Center.
Numerous school districts called off classes Monday because of the rain and flooding.
On the Texas-Louisiana border, up to 6 inches of rain was reported in and around the border city of Orange.
More rain was in the forecast for those areas Monday.