Press Release- Rainy Week Ahead- 6.18.18

Rainy Week Ahead June 18, 2018   As the tropical disturbance in the west-central Gulf of Mexico continues to move inland this week, Montgomery County residents can expect to continue seeing waves of showers and thunderstorms through Thursday. This tropical system should push towards the West and be out of our area by Friday.   As rains moved into the area Sunday afternoon, Montgomery County experienced rain amounts ranging from less than .5 inch in the Western portions of the county to 2.08 inches in the Eastern portion of the county. We can potentially see 5-7 inches of widespread rainfall over the next 3 days. Strong thunderstorms and lines of showers can have intense rainfall rates that can lead to flash flooding of streets and low lying areas. The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and its partners will continue to monitor and update on any flash flood concerns. Take this time to finalize you hurricane preparations and check your emergency supply kit for expired food, batteries or medication. For help and information on preparing for disasters, download our new preparedness app ReadyMCTX to your mobile device. Now is the time to prepare.   To receive emergency alerts to your phone or email from Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, register at http://www.mc911.org/page/ecd.AlertMCTX. When you are creating your profile, you must check the box next to Share my Smart911 Profile with TX-Montgomery-County-911 to support emergency preparedness.   Stay informed and monitor conditions for Montgomery County and the surrounding area on the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website www.mctxoem.org, Facebook, or twitter, NOAA Weather Radio, KStar 99.7FM.   ###

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Texas Flood Awareness Week May 21st – May 25th, 2018- Four Things to Know About Flood Insurance

As we now know, some places that have never flooded; flooded during Hurricane Harvey. If you don’t already have flood insurance now get it now! From the Texas Department of Insurance Flood insurance: 4 things to know Homeowner’s policies don’t cover flood damage. Here are four things to know when deciding if you need flood insurance. 1) Know your flood risk Flood maps show areas of high, moderate, and low flood risk as a series of zones. You can search for the flood map that includes your property at FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center. 2) There’s a wait Most flood policies have a 30-day waiting period before kicking in so don’t wait for an approaching storm before deciding to buy coverage. 3) What it costs The average flood policy costs about $700 a year. The cost will vary depending on your flood risk, the value of your home, and other factors. 4) Where to get it Visit FloodSmart.gov to find an agent in your area and more information.