Houston, TX - Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin would like to make residents aware that Houston Public Works will initiate the temporary lowering of Lake Houston this evening due to Tropical Storm Beta, which is currently predicted to impact the lower San Jacinto river Watershed in addition to Clear Lake with possible tidal surge of 3 to 5 feet. This decision has been made after taking into account the fast changing nature of Tropical Storm Beta.
Lake Houston is currently at a level of 42.02 feet and lowering will begin later this evening. Please secure all property along the shoreline immediately. The lake will be will be lowered starting tonight by one foot to 41.0 ft, which is one foot below full pool.
for updates from the District E office. Additionally, residents may monitor the lowering of Lake Houston by visiting the Coastal Water Authority website.
It is predicted Tropical Storm Beta will bring 6 - 8 inches of rain to the southern portion of the Lake Houston Area throughout the duration of the storm. These rainfall amounts exceed the 3 inch trigger to lower Lake Houston. The District E office along with Houston Public Works will continue to monitor and make adjustments as we expect Beta to be a slow moving system with the potential for a great deal of rain.
Again, we also caution Clear Lake residents to take necessary precautions and prepare for the possibility of tidal surge. Please make sure you have a plan in place and stay tuned for additional details as Beta develops and moves closer to our area. At this time we encourage residents to make sure their hurricane preparedness kit is stocked and your family is aware of your evacuation plans.
Mayor Pro Tem Martin will continue to work with Houston Public Works making sure everything possible is done to secure life and property in the Lake Houston area as well as precautionary measures are taken along the coast for residents in Seabrook and Clear Lake areas.Please monitor Mayor Pro Tem Martin's Facebook and Twitter