After officially cresting at 61.9ft according to NOAA, the San Jacinto has begun to slowly recede. Although 5ft lower than the record 67ft in 1994, this Memorial weekend flood has been devastating to many Forest Cove residents. Overnight Saturday water started creeping into resident’s homes on Forest Cove Dr. and Cypress Ln. By Sunday May 29, water had flooded homes from Burning Tree to Palmetto Ln. Hamblen Road was completely shut off starting at Loop 494 all the way to Redbud.
Perhaps the San Jacinto river basin could be in need of better supervision and preventative management as dams upstream at Lake Conroe and downstream at Lake Houston are causing these flooding events. Add to that a total lack of dredging and years of cumulative debris clogging bridge ways and embankments that impede water flow and any large rain event becomes a disaster.
Access to Forest Cove is restricted to Chestnut Ridge and Trailwood. Loop 494 is blocked as is the feeder road at Sorters McClellan and Eastex 59.
Many homes have been affected.
photos ©Beau Tardy 2016