Over the next days, weeks and months, we will be working with our Downtown stakeholders to support the recovery of our great City. Overall, Downtown has fared well and is stable. While conditions are improving, we realize that many areas of Houston still have high water and/or no power, in addition METRO will not be in service today and may have limited service during the rest of the week, we recommend people act with caution to ensure their safety.
After reaching a peak on Sunday, Buffalo Bayou water levels in Downtown continue to decrease; high waters were primarily in the northern and western areas of Downtown (Warehouse, Historic and Theater Districts). Flooding in the Downtown Tunnels was isolated to sections adjacent to the Theater District and Civic Center garages.
Since Sunday, the George R. Brown Convention Center, and now Toyota Center, has been operating as a major relief facility for evacuees with significant activity around the area. We expect to see very few Downtown workers coming back today, with more on Thursday and Friday. Some restaurants are open including The District, Frank’s Pizza, Conservatory, Prohibition, Flying Saucer, Sol Café Mejicano, Jason’s Deli- 901 McKinney, Treebeard’s- 1100 Louisiana (call-in orders only), Your Pie, and Phoenicia Specialty Foods Grocery.
The Downtown District continues to outreach to property owners, property managers, businesses and residents and will be assessing damage.
Below is a summary of the situation to date:
Based on observation and reports to date, the following properties have been affected primarily water in first level/basement spaces; detailed property assesments are not available at this time:
The Downtown District was formed in 1995 for the purpose of revitalizing the urban core of the country’s fourth largest city. Over the past decade, the Downtown District has used a combination of public funds and private resources to catalyze area improvements focusing on the city blocks bordered by Interstate 10, Highway 59 and Interstate 45.
The Downtown District operates under the leadership of a 30-person board of directors who oversee the implementation of the District’s strategic initiatives. Funding for the Downtown District comes from a special assessment on all downtown property owners.
For more information visit downtowndistrict.org.