West Side of Houston is being reopened to motorists after a massive flood forced the closure of a major freeway east of the city.
The Harris County Flood Control District said Wednesday that motorists were being directed north on Interstate 10, and south on Interstate 45.
A flood watch has been issued for the city of Houston and the surrounding area.
The floodwaters from the storm pushed south through the Brazos River.
The flooding, which hit late Tuesday afternoon, caused significant damage to the Eastside Freeway, the I-10/I-45 interchange and the East Side Freeway bridge, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Houston area is under a flood watch for the Houston area, Harris County officials said.
Heavy rains and flash flooding have caused major damage and disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of Texans, officials said Wednesday.
The storm brought heavy rain and winds to parts of Texas and the Southeast, the National Weather Service said.
More than 4 inches of rain fell in parts of Houston, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The National Weather Services said there was some flash flooding and mudslides along the east side of Houston near the Interstate 10 bridge and eastbound Interstate 45 near the intersection of East Beltway.
Floodwaters were seen in some areas in Harris County, officials added.
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When the new West Side Highway is open in 2018, Kansas will be the fourth state to open the new highway and the first to have it open in two years.
The state is hoping to replace its existing Highway 495, which connects Kansas City, Missouri, to the rest of the state, with the new route.
Kansas plans to open up the highway between the Kansas City-Olathe border and Omaha, Nebraska.
There are no plans to add lanes to the existing highway.
“This will allow for a much smoother travel time, which will allow our customers to enjoy the benefits of the new interstate system in their region,” Kansas Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Tom Gentry said in a statement.
In addition to the new west side, Kansas plans to expand the highway from I-435 to I-45, but not to the I-44 or I-68 exits.
On Thursday, the state announced a $1.3 billion plan to build a bridge from I. 45 to I. 41, to link Kansas City to Omaha.
I-41 will be a one-lane highway, but the bridge would have two lanes in each direction.
If the bridge is built, it would have a total capacity of 2,000 cars. KLTV.com