The Houston flooding disaster is a shocking example of why preparedness and preemptive action is so very important. Unfortunately many did not take appropriate actions and the consequences are stunning.
Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, has triggered catastrophic, unprecedented Houston flooding. The rains have broken all-time records.
There may be no parallel available to any other rainstorm in U.S. history, based on the number of people affected, amount of water involved, and other factors, meteorologists have warned.
Due to its wide geographic scope across America’s 4th-largest city, the ensuing flood disaster may rank as one of the most, if not the most, expensive natural disaster in U.S. history.
-Andrew Freedman, Mashable’s Senior Editor for Science and Special Projects.
As of this post date the total amount of rain in the affected region of Texas has exceeded 30 inches and Houston reports more than 2 feet!
As of 4 a.m. CDT Monday, 8/28/2017
34.36 inches near Baytown (HCFCD gauge)
30.56 inches near Pasadena (Forest Oaks)
28.73 inches near Dayton
25.66 inches at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport
25.16 inches in Sugarland
24.47 inches at Houston Hobby Airport
19.04 inches at Houston Clover Field
As water began to recede Wednesday in some parts of flood-ravaged Houston, Harvey, now a tropical depression, shifted its wrath to the Beaumont-Port Arthur area of Texas, hitting the region with record-breaking rainfall and devastating floods.
Water filled homes and submerged roads, evacuees crowded shelters, local officials urged people who needed rescue to hang sheets or towels from windows, forecasters warned that the storm could spawn tornadoes, and the Louisiana State Police closed Interstate 10 heading toward Beaumont, just a few miles from the state line. The rain was expected to continue until Friday.