Houston Experiences Memorial Day Flooding; More to Come

Heavy thunderstorms drenched Houston on Monday with as much as five inches of rain in some areas, yet more rain is in the forecast for this week. This has caused a headache for many motorists trying to get to their daily duties. A flood warning effect is in effect until 7 P.M on Friday for Austin, Fort Bend, and Wharton Counties. A flood warning warning is in effect until one 1 P.M on Thursday for Brazoria counties. Also, a flood warning is in effect until 12 A.M on Wednesday morning for all of Jackson County.

Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, and Montgomery counties also underwent a Tornado watch that had expired at 9 P.M last night.

Severe and destructive thunderstorms made their way through the Houston area on Monday evening and dissipated fairly quickly, yet the rainfall rates were totaled at about 3 inches an hour, and that is why this city experienced so much flooding over a short period of time.

These storms then headed towards Bacliff, Bayton, and Mont Belvieu, and then crossed into Galveston and Chambers County. Those areas could see 1 to 2 inches of rain as the thunderstorms make their way eastward at 20 mph. On Monday, it was also reported that a funnel cloud almost made a touchdown in the Beasley area.

Near Grand Parkway and Westpark Tollway, several cars were trapped by floodwaters and many deputies with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office had to come assist many motorists who were trying to escape from their flooded out vehicles. Authorities stated that some of the cars had even began to bob up and down as the flood waters continued to rise.

The Texas Department of Transportation has stated that the water pumps are working, but the rain just came too fast for the machines to remove the rising water that just kept coming. The flood waters began to die down just before 8 P.M. Wreckers had already began picking up vehicles that had been left and stranded. To the Northwest and Southwest of the Houston metro area, there was reported flooding in the Forth Bend and Waller Conuties.

These severe weather cells knocked down several power lines along Highway 36 and Spur 10. Due to the extreme weather, some of the power lines had even been broken in half. Last night Houston got a break from the heavy rains, although there were light showers overnight.

Another round of Thunderstorms will make its way west on Tuesday morning, and there was a 50 percent chance of rain by 6 A.M. This new cell will bring with it heavy rains, causing even more flash flooding throughout the morning rush hour. The possibility of rain will then increase to about 80 percent for the day. This chance for rain will continue throughout the weekend with highs in the mid-80’s to low 70’s.

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