Forecasters concerned about more rain in SE Texas

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In this aerial photo, people canoe through floodwaters past a stop sign near Bear Creek Park Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

National Weather Service forecasters said Saturday that their expectations for more heavy rain in Southeast Texas will depend on timing. 

A cold front is gradually approaching from the west and northwest, and a weak sea breeze was expected to develop from the Gulf of Mexico nearby to the southeast. Both were expected to produce scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday.

“There is some concern that these features could collide late this (Saturday) afternoon. If this occurs, the precipitation would increase in coverage and intensity,” according to a National Weather Service statement.

Meanwhile, authorities in the Southeast Texas city of Wharton are considering lifting a mandatory evacuation after floodwaters from the Colorado River failed to reach homes or businesses.

The river peaked Saturday just shy of major flooding and the National Weather Service predicts it will exit flood stage by the evening. Flooding from the river in the area began Thursday and 30 homes were ordered evacuated Friday.

City spokeswoman Paula Favors said nine people stayed overnight in a Red Cross shelter. She said there haven’t been any reported weather-related injuries in the city of about 8,500 residents.

The Associated Press