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MASSIVE FLOODING PARALYZES REGION

Highways, Schools, METRO closed Tuesday

Monday evening these cars had come to a standstill on the North Freeway, near North Main. Water was too high for any vehicle to drive through, as seen in the empty travel lanes. Many roads, including this one, were not passable to late on Tuesday morning. These vehicles had made a u-turn in the Southbound lanes, but rapidly rising water caught them anyway.

Monday evening these cars had come to a standstill on the North Freeway, near North Main. Water was too high for any vehicle to drive through, as seen in the empty travel lanes. Many roads, including this one, were not passable to late on Tuesday morning. These vehicles had made a u-turn in the Southbound lanes, but rapidly rising water caught them anyway. (PHOTOS COURTESY KPRC)

HOUSTON – A massive rainstorm inundated the city and surrounding counties to the west, dropping as much as 11 inches of rain on West Houston in 8 hours, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm started Monday evening, Memorial Day, and caught many drivers by surprise. Freeways were quickly flooded and impassable due to the heavy rainfall in such a short time.

Other areas had similar inundation: North Houston had over 4 inches, and Channelview and East Harris County had 7+ inches in that short time.

Harris County Office of Emergency Management issued a Level 1 alert, the first time it has been this high since Hurricane Ike in 2008. This level indicates a threat to life.

The amount of rain that fell is close to the 50 year storm, and has been compared to the devastating flood Allison in 2004.

Flash Flood warnings were issued for Fort Bend, Harris, Brazoria, Jackson, Matagorda, and Wharton counties all Monday evening and Tuesday morning, as the rains continued.

Besides highways and city streets that were impassable, a number of homes throughout the western and northern areas of the city reported water inside their houses.

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San Jacinto College plans branch at Generation Park

HOUSTON – San Jacinto College has closed on 57 acres at Generation Park, just across Lockwood Road from the 173-acre FMC Technologies Corporate Headquarters currently under construction. As a reflection of McCord Development’s commitment to education and desire to show this by providing San Jacinto College with a prominent location to further their mission, the developer donated 3.8 acres situated at the intersection of West Lake Houston Parkway and Lockwood Road.

“We could not be more excited to be a part of what’s going on at Generation Park, San Jacinto College and even more broadly, in northeast Houston,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor of San Jacinto College. “Now more than ever, students are looking for the kind of practical, real-world education that can open doors for them, wherever their life goals take them.”

The rapid growth of new homes and new businesses in and around Generation Park is creating demand for educational opportunities. San Jacinto College graduates truly go everywhere, whether that’s major universities including Harvard, MIT and Georgetown, or thousands of companies throughout Texas.

“San Jacinto College recognized the value of not just our location, but also the benefits of being part of a truly master-planned enterprise park,” said Ryan McCord, President of McCord Development. “We can offer them something nobody else can: direct relationships with world-leading companies who want to work together to develop Houston’s next generation high-tech workforce – particularly in the subsea and downstream energy industries.”

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Clendenens win North Shore Rotary raffle top prize

Mike Williams, incoming President of the North Shore Rotary Club, presents the keys to a 2015 Toyota Tundra to raffle winners Mr. and Mrs. Matt Clendenan of Deer Park.

Mike Williams, incoming President of the North Shore Rotary Club, presents the keys to a 2015 Toyota Tundra to raffle winners Mr. and Mrs. Matt Clendenan of Deer Park.

NORTH SHORE – The Rotary Club of North Shore held its 40th Annual Fish Fry on May 16 at the Rotary Pavilion on Wallisville Road where about a thousand people attended.

A donation of $100 gave you a chance to win a new vehicle, your choice of a Toyota Tundra truck, or a Avalon sedan. Nineteen other prizes were also awarded.

Fish Fry chairman Mike Williams reported that the event raised over $150,000 in the live auction, another $160,000 in ticket sales. This money is returned to the community throughout the year, in scholarships, support of youth projects.

The vehicle for the winner was provided by Community Toyota of Baytown. The winner, Matt Clendenin, said that he chose the Tundra pick-up truck of the two choices he had.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: Channelview ISD honors Teachers of the Year

Channelview ISD Superintendent Greg Ollis congratulates Elementary Teacher of the Year Amanda Montemayor and Secondary Teacher of the Year Priscilla Jones on their recent honors at the Teacher of the Year Banquet. Montemayor is a Kindergarten teacher at De Zavala Elementary and Jones is an Algebra teacher at Kolarik Ninth Grade Center.

Channelview ISD Superintendent Greg Ollis congratulates Elementary Teacher of the Year Amanda Montemayor and Secondary Teacher of the Year Priscilla Jones on their recent honors at the Teacher of the Year Banquet. Montemayor is a Kindergarten teacher at De Zavala Elementary and Jones is an Algebra teacher at Kolarik Ninth Grade Center.

The Channelview Independent School District’s top educators were honored at the 2015 Teachers of the Year and Rising Stars Banquet at Landry’s Restaurant in Kemah on May 28.

Amanda Montemayor from De Zavala Elementary School was named the district’s Elementary Teacher of the Year, while Priscilla Jones from Kolarik Ninth Grade Center was honored as Secondary Teacher of the Year. Both teachers now are in the running to become Region 4 Teacher of the Year and will be recognized at a reception later this summer.

“We are proud to honor these teachers and recognize their creativity and ability to reach students’ minds in a special way,” said Greg Ollis, Channelview ISD superintendent.

The event was sponsored by Tubular Services, LLC, Woodforest National Bank, Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union and Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins and Mott LLP, Attorneys at Law.

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