Deadly Flooding Slams Oklahoma, Texas (PHOTOS)
Last count I saw placed the death toll at 25 in Texas alone. The little town of Wimberley, along the Blanco River, has been devastated, and Wharton, along the Colorado, had to be evacuated. Here in Humble, we haven't seen much flooding, even though it borders the San Jacinto.
Found a few links from knowledgeable people re Houston's history, and it seems my memory isn't off. Make no mistake, the current flooding is horrific — and we just had another shower this morniong, joy oh joy, and more rain's forming around us as I type — but it's not recordbreaking. Here's Jon Erdman of Weather.com:
Houston Flood 2015: How Does It Compare to Allison and Other Historic Floods?
Tropical Storm Allison (she never made hurricane) formed off Galveston in 2001 and moved ashore within hours. She passed over Houston, then turned around and came right back, dumping even more rain over the city. That was the storm where the underground doors broke, releasing floodwaters into the tunnels beneath downtown, and where floods inundated the medical center and shorted out basement generators. I was working as a legal assistant downtown at the time and had to catch the bus home, but never faced serious danger. However, the same day, a woman was swept away and drowned in the underground garage of the same building.
This is the iconic photo from TS Allison. Looks pretty current, right?
From Nick Wiltgen, also from Weather.com:
Hurricanes and Tropical Storms: Six Sudden Surprise Spinups
Yep, that was thunder I heard. Yay.
Prayers for the victims, y'all. Heading off to batten the hatches back down. Cheers and happy reading,