Houston cancels July 4th Fest after heavy flooding in city

Heavy rains that flooded some Houston streets on July Fourth are expected to subside. Mayor Sylvester Turner said that some parts of the city unexpectedly received up to 8 inches of rain, causing the city to cancel it's holiday festival.

The high rain totals caused highways, residential roads, concert venues and recently renovated dog parks to close.


Highways that were largely impacted included U.S. 59, I-10, 610, Westpark tollway, Highway 288, Katy Freeway and others. Standing water on the roadways caused issues for motorists attempting to cross, flooding vehicles and stranding them in streets.

Residential areas saw street flooding that crept up toward their homes. In some areas, water began to seep through closed doors and into people's homes. Viewers sent KPRC pictures of towels used to attempt to stop water from flowing in.

The water levels at Buffalo Bayou raised so high that the City of Houston's annual Freedom Over Texas event had to change its protocols -- asking residents to watch the fireworks display from home and to not go to Eleanor Tinsley Park, where the fireworks show was to take place. Organizers were seen taking down decorations and tents for the event, days after KPRC saw them putting them up.

Johnny Steele Dog Park, a part of Buffalo Bayou Park, flooded once again Wednesday. The park had recently opened after its renovations in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in August. Originally, the dog park hosted two sections -- areas for small and big dogs. The renovations minimized the space, consolidating the two parks into one.

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