Wet, Wet Day for Houston; HISD Cancels After-School Activities

Nothing says "Houston" like a wet, sloppy morning commute, or a day maneuvering your way around street flooding, but today could have been worse.

The Houston school district has canceled all after-school activities, however.

"All after-school activities, including athletic events, are canceled today because of severe weather," HISD says. "Schools will dismiss at their usual time, and buses will follow their regular schedule."

Kim Jackson of the county's flood control district says, "Steady rainfall continues to fall throughout Harris County and bayous and creeks are rising." The following creeks and bayou are near the tops of their banks:

-- Clear Creek at Interstate 45 -- Willow Creek at Kuykendahl Road

-- Keegans Bayou at Roark Road

-- Keegans Bayou at Keegans Drive

-- South Mayde Creek at Greenhouse Road

-- Armand Bayou at Genoa Red Bluff Road

-- Lower Carpernters Bayou at Interstate 10

CenterPoint reports about 7,500 customers without power, mostly in the northwest section of town. The Johnson Space Center has reported five inches of rain.

Still, it could be worse.

Central Texas, including Austin, has been hit hard, with Wimberly getting 14 inches of rain since Wednesday. People in San Marcos took to trees to escape the rising waters and had to be rescued.

More good news: Things will be clearing up soon. The system is moving through, the streets will drain and the rest of the week looks dry.

Until then, of course, avoid any roads or intersections with high water. You never know how deep it will be.

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