Lake Houston to lower water levels to prepare for storm this weekend

December 6, 2018 GMT

Houston City Councilman Dave Martin announced Lake Houston will lower its water levels to prepare for the upcoming rainfall totals that could exceed 3 inches this weekend.

The region is expected to get between 2 and 5 inches of rain on Friday night, according to the National Weather Service. Street flooding is likely, and runoff could cause rivers and bayous to exceed their banks, according to forecasts.

The current water level at Lake Houston is 41.61 feet as city officials have continued to lower its pooling level since Wednesday night. The water body has been lowered at a cautious rate so it would not cause flooding downstream from Lake Houston, city officials said.


Lake Houston will be lowered by 2 feet to 40.5 feet — its normal pooling level is 42.5 feet.

Property owners near the lake were notified Tuesday evening to secure their property along the shoreline for the potential temporary lowering of the lake.

Should additional lowering be necessary, Martin said he will work with the City of Houston’s Public Works Department to make the call without causing more harm.

For more information, call Martin’s office at 832-393-3008 or email district@houstontx.gov.