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Crews prep for rain

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Heavy rain Friday morning was too much for some Houston streets. Take a look at this picture; it flooded this underpass on Mason Park. Following the rain Houston firefighters responded to two water rescues. With more rain in the forecast they are ready to do it again.

"Everything is always ready to go," said Houston Fire Captain Bill Martin. He is in one of three rescue stations in the city. Each one is equipped with several boats, rafts, even jet skis.

"Right now on duty you have 15 guys in rescue and if we need to, we can call in an extra 20 guys that are trained in water rescue," said Martin. "As the events escalate we can bring in more boats," he said.

They are not the only ones on standby. The city's Public Works Department also has their crews watching the forecast and waiting for action.

"We're looking at those areas of town that actually have structural flooding so we want to get those reports in so we can calculate," said PW spokesman Alvin Wright. Throughout the year Public Works crews do their best to clean out debris from drainage systems, but on days like these they rely on residents to report trouble.

"Trees that fell down, regarding storm drains that need some cleaning, there are some areas of town that have high water. We are pumping the system down that doesn't have capacity," he said.

The city says just as they are watching the weather, so should you. Avoid driving through storms and do not attempt to cross high water in your vehicle. It's not just putting you and rescue crews at risk but your vehicle can cause damage where you don't even see it.

"You've got anti-freeze, gasoline, motor oil, brake fluid. This gets into the ecosystem and causes issues with plant life and aquatic life also," said Wright.

If you see storm drainage problems you need crews to help with, they say call 311.

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