Report issued on situation in Downtown Houston


Downtown Houston fared well through Tropical Storm Harvey and is stable, according to officials with The Downtown District. Still, some areas have high water and some sections are without power.

METRO is not operating today and may offer only limited service for the rest of the week.

Water levels in Buffalo Bayou continue to decrease. Officials say high water was experienced primarily in the Warehouse, Historic and Theater Districts. Flooding in the downtown tunnels affected only sections adjacent to the Theater District and Civic Center garages.

The George R. Brown Convention Center and Toyota Center are operating as shelters for evacuees.

Some restaurants and the Phoenicia Specialty Foods Grocery are reportedly operating.

Based on observations and reports, the following properties have been affected, primarily by water in first level and basement spaces:

  • Spaghetti Warehouse, 901 Commerce
  • Sunset Coffee Building, 1019 Commerce
  • 800 Commerce
  • AIA Houston, 900 Commerce
  • One Main and Student Life Buildings, University of Houston Downtown
  • Willow Street Pump Station, University of Houston Downtown
  • Dakota Lofts, 711 William
  • mArchitects, 1206 Nance
  • Oxheart/Theadore Rex, 1302 Nance
  • Cotton Exchange Bldg., 202 Travis
  • Bayou Lofts, 915 Franklin
  • The Rice, 909 Texas
  • Market Square Tower
  • Hogg Palace, 401 Louisiana
  • Chase Motor Bank, 212 Milam
  • Magnolia Ballroom, 715 Franklin
  • Theater District and Tranquillity Garages
  • Bayou Place
  • Downtown Aquarium
  • Houston Ballet Center for Dance, 601 Preston
  • Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas
  • Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana
  • Alley Theatre, 615 Texas
  • Hobby Center, 800 Bagby
  • City Hall and City Hall Annex
  • Sam Houston Park and Historic Homes
  • 1415 Fannin  which has sustained fire damage

Streets to and within Downtown are reported open, although some freeway exit ramps leading into the area remain impassable. A few traffic signals are out in the north end.

There are isolated power outages in the Historic District and Harris County complex.

Late updates are available at www.downtowndistrict.org.


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