AVFD Responds to Memorial Day Floods
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
The Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) responded to multiple distress calls from residents along the San Jacinto River over the Memorial Day weekend. The recent flooding was much worse than the flooding that occurred in April and came close to the record flood water levels of 1994. At the peak point of the storm the Conroe Dam was releasing at a rate of 27,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). In April, rates were recorded at 7,660 cfs. Memorial day in 2015 release rates were 8,660 cfs and the record for the Conroe Dam is 33,000 cfs set in 1994. It usually takes a day for the Atascocita area to realize river flooding due to the releases from the Conroe Dam.
Dozens of Resident's along N. Houston Ave. and Pitts Rd. had to be evacuated by rescue boat to escape the flood waters of the San Jacinto. AVFD relied upon the Eastex Fire Department and the Houston Fire Department to provide rescue boats to navigate the swift moving waters. All residents were evacuated without incident.
AVFD also responded to a couple of isolated water rescues in the Kings Lake Estates neighborhood.
Story by Sean Conley, Assistant Chief
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