Bad weather has officials, motorists on high alert
A weather system that moved through the Houston area Tuesday afternoon has keep emergency crews busy and motorists on watch for flooded roadways.
At 3:20 p.m., Houston police were investigating an overturned 18-wheeler on Interstate 10 East at the 610 East Loop, according to Houston TranStar.
The big rig was blocking the right lane of traffic, causing a roughly 3-mile-long bottleneck to Federal Road, said Transtar spokeswoman Dinah Massie.
An earlier accident on U.S. 290 eastbound at the West Loop caused slow traffic to Fairbanks North Houston before the wreck was cleared about 3:10 p.m., according to Transtar.
And a three-vehicle accident involving a heavy truck on Interstate 10 Eastbound near Normandy caused headaches for motorists. The wreck has since cleared.
No injuries have been reported in the accidents.
As the weather system moved through, motorists reported high water on the I-10 East frontage road at Jensen Drive. The highway mainlanes were not affected, but by 3:30 p.m. most Houston-area roads remained slick.
"Earlier we had some high water, which slowed traffic," Massie said. "Now there's still standing water on some roads, including (U.S.) 290, and that will always cause slowdowns and increase the likelihood of accidents."