Heavy rains were expected to fall in Southeast Texas through midday Sunday as the remnants of Hurricane Patricia combined with a powerful storm system that has flooded roads in the state and caused a freight train to derail. Houston Mayor Annise Parker said people should be “prepared to be patient.” “There will be localized flooding in Houston, primarily street flooding,” she said Saturday. Brian Kyle, lead meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Houston, said forecasters expected Saturday’s rains in Southeast Texas to intensify overnight. He said most of the heavy rainfall would occur overnight to noon on Sunday, with amounts ranging from a couple of inches to up to 1 foot offshore.
Galveston County Judge Mark Henry issued a voluntary evacuation Saturday for Bolivar Peninsula, just northeast of Galveston Island, after forecasters predicted the area would get 8 to 12 inches of rain and tides 4 to 5 feet high. County spokeswoman Brittany Rainville said officials don’t think many people chose to evacuate. The roughly 4,000 people who live on the peninsula are used to flooding and usually stay, she said. FULL REPORT