America’s flood capital is battling catastrophic rainfalls, here are some amazing videos caught at the perfect time.
This won’t be an easy weekend for southeastern Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana as more then 20 million are under flood watch. As of Friday, over 64,000 power outages have been reported, with schools and local business closed. Houston has been dealing with flash flooding, heavy rains and unpredictable weather for over a week now.
Why does Houston Flood so much?
It comes down to the cities sewer’s system inability to handle large amounts of water in short periods of time. Meteorologist Jeff Linder explains it best:
“The streets will flood so the homes don’t flood. The pipes underground that carry the water from roadways to the creeks can handle about 2 inches of rain an hour. So, we start talking about the rainfall rates we were seeing yesterday, 4 to 5, even 6 inches an hour, that’s just a tremendous amount of water that’s going to overwhelm the ability of pipes to carry that water.”
This spring’s Houston flash flooding has caused havoc, as rain has lingered for over a week. Although not as devastating as previous years, videos show a sad scene of events:
Houston said I know it was like a billion degrees this afternoon, here’s some golfball sized hail pic.twitter.com/B8aor510cI
— Charlotte Weathers (@DeathByBlondie) May 10, 2019
Tree Uprooted During Houston Storm
Hail The Size of Baseballs
Truck Tries To Drive Through 4 Feet of Water
Flood Does Not Stop Truck Driver
This is what 5inches of rain an hour looks like
Houston is the flooding capital of America, having had record 24 hour rainfalls. On June 26 1989, 10.34 inches of rain fell in the city in just 24 hours. Then on April 18th 2016, 9.92 inches of rain was dumped in less then 24 hours. These are immense record setting rainfalls outside of Hurricanes that Houston must battle with also. Most notables to Houston are Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 and Hurricane Harvey in 2017. #prayforhouston