Tropical Storm Beta hovered over the Houston area earlier this week, bringing steady rain, school and public building closures and worries about significant flooding during the heat of the Atlantic hurricane season.
The south and southeast parts of town saw the worst of the storm, while there was only minor street flooding in the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest areas. But the rain led to the spill of domestic wastewaster at five locations throughout the city, including two in the Heights area.
According to a Tuesday night news release from the city, sustained rainfall of more than 10 inches during a 24-hour period resulted in the spill of more than 100,000 gallons of wastewater at each of the five locations. Two of the affected areas were 1222 and 1424 Wrightwood St. in Woodland Park, which is just west of I-45 and a little north of I-10.
The city said drinking water remained safe for those who receive it from the city, so there was no need to boil water before use.
The city demobilized its Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday morning, by which time the storm had passed.