‘Unprecedented’ – 5 dead as record rainfall floods Houston

Houston Floods
April 2016 HOUSTON, TXMore than a foot of rain deluged parts of Houston on Monday, leaving five dead as surging waters flooded homes and highways for thousands of residents who were warned to stay inside. Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in nine counties, hundreds of flights were canceled, mass transit was shut down and schools were closed after a season’s worth of rain fell in just a matter of hours. Almost 17 inches of rain had inundated the city by 2 p.m. ET.
Bush Intercontinental Airport grappled with nearly 650 flight cancellations and more than 1,100 delays. METRO Houston also suspended all rail and bus services, as swaths of the city and nearby Waller County were walloped with 16.8 inches of rain before noon, according to the National Weather Service. Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District, warned of a “life-threatening situation” due to flash flooding developing in northwest Harris County. “Stay where you are,” Lindner added.
Harris County’s chief administrator, Judge Ed Emmett, signed an emergency declaration for the county, saying more than 1,000 homes had already been flooded, and city and county authorities had responded to more than 1,500 flooding emergencies.  More than a foot of rain deluged parts of Houston on Monday, leaving five dead as surging waters flooded homes and highways for thousands of residents who were warned to stay inside. Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in nine counties, hundreds of flights were canceled, mass transit was shut down and schools were closed after a season’s worth of rain fell in just a matter of hours. Almost 17 inches of rain had inundated the city by 2 p.m. ET.
Bush Intercontinental Airport grappled with nearly 650 flight cancellations and more than 1,100 delays. METRO Houston also suspended all rail and bus services, as swaths of the city and nearby Waller County were walloped with 16.8 inches of rain before noon, according to the National Weather Service. Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District, warned of a “life-threatening situation” due to flash flooding developing in northwest Harris County. “Stay where you are,” Lindner added. Harris County’s chief administrator, Judge Ed Emmett, signed an emergency declaration for the county, saying more than 1,000 homes had already been flooded, and city and county authorities had responded to more than 1,500 flooding emergencies.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner closed all city buildings and canceled the State of the City address that had been scheduled for Monday. “This is a dangerous situation and I do not want our employees trying to get to work,” Turner said. “Do not go out until conditions improve.” Houston Independent School District was also closed Monday, according to the district. Eight buildings were damaged by the water, Turner said, and 43,000 people in the Houston area were without power — down from a peak of 123,000, according to CenerPoint Energy.
Turner warned that the situation could get much worse as seven bayous across Harris County had exceeded their banks, and two damns were at risk of breaking. “This is an unprecedented amount of rain,” Turner said. “It’s been stubborn, and it’s not moving anytime fast.” Five people were found dead inside submerged vehicles, including two in a car that drove around a barricade and into a flooded underpass, Emmett said during an afternoon news conference. A third person who was driving an 18-wheeler was also found dead, and a fourth person was discovered “in a vehicle with water,” city officials said in a statement, adding that it was unclear if the fatality was “directly” linked to the flooding.
In nearby Waller County, Judge Trey Duhon said that a 56-year-old man was found dead inside what appeared to be a car filled with water. Turner said that even though the rain was tapering off — though additional wet weather was expected Monday night — flood levels would remain high. In three areas areas around the city that faced severe flooding and where people remained stranded, workers were conducting rescue operations on Monday afternoon. –NBC News

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6 Responses to ‘Unprecedented’ – 5 dead as record rainfall floods Houston

  1. Dennis E. says:

    Please do not drive in an area that is flooded although you may have driven that way most of your life. Never underestimate the power of moving water. Isn’t it strange that one day an area is dry and usable and the next day, you may need a diver, yes a diver to look for bodies?

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  2. Hope peoople get message to migrate now, why wait for the other event soon coming.

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  3. Wiseguy says:

    I can’t believe in 2016, people get caught by surprise by Flash Floods. Radar, Satellite, Warnings by text on your cell, apps with alerts, etc. Reminds me last summer, an almost tropical rainstorm was coming our way, people were going cycling on a bike path with their kids, no place to hide, farm fields, and you could see the dark clouds coming. 5 minutes later those families were soak to the bone!!! Very sad people get killed by ignorance or lazyness😦

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    • Irene C says:

      Same question the weather community has. No matter how we try to communicate the danger, there will be those who are oblivious and those who are indifferent. It gets very frustrating.

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  4. Irene C says:

    As of this writing, there are now 7 fatalities. While that’s not good, it could be much worse. One of our storm trackers has been live streaming from the Houston area. A lot of water rescues are going on. Turn around, don’t drown.

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  5. Dennis E. says:

    Not going to believe this. I saw a picture of a shark swimming in a street in Houston. That is not the story. A person I worked with said she did not know that there had been a flood in Houston, Texas because she doesn’t watch the news. That is the story of many Americans.

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