The floods in Houston have put a strain on emergency services phone numbers.

**Call 911 in the event of a life-threatening emergency.**

Do not use 911 to check on the status of the weather, flooded roads, power outages, or anything that is not an emergency. These calls delay help to people in true emergencies.

The United States Coast Guard posted additional phone numbers that were set up for people who are in danger and need rescued.






Residents can also call 311 or Houston Police's non-emergency phone number at 713-884-3131.

713-207-2222 to report downed power lines to CenterPoint Energy

They urge people not to rely on social media to report that they need to be rescued. Rescues need to be coordinated by trained officials. There is very little your local TV station can do.

MORE: Desperate cries for help pouring in from flood victims

LIST: High water locations on Houston roads

Other tips:

Do no go into your attic to escape flood waters. Get onto the roof.


1-800-RED-CROSS to donate money