Texas Floods Claimed Over 350 Homes, Damaged Thousands More

From Breitbart Texas:

Major flash flooding also led to flooding in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, including Grand Prairie and Arlington.

Geniuses on flooded road in the DFW area, May 11.

One-inch hail was reported on Monday morning in Texas, including in Big Spring, Midland, and Del Rio, according to the Weather Channel.

A catastrophic flood hit Luling and Wimberley Saturday night and early Sunday morning. It moved downstream to the San Marcos River and about 1,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. Seven feet of flood water was reported to be in the San Marcos pavilion building.

Breitbart Texas reported that the family of a former Nueces County Commissioner was washed away after floodwaters hit a friend’s vacation home on the Blanco River in Wimberley. The former Commissioner’s two grandchildren and daughter-in-law and their friends have not been located and are presumed dead. His son was able to swim to safety but sustained a broken sternum, broken rib, and a collapsed lung.

AP Photo

The Blanco River was reported to have risen more than 33 feet in just 3 hours reaching a historic level of more than 27 feet above flood stage on Sunday. The Weather Channel reported that this broke the all-time record crests from 1929 by nearly 7 feet, and this was before the river gauge stopped reporting.

Wimberley, in Hays County, is about 25 miles southwest of Austin, where an estimated 1,000 homes have been flooded.

flood bridge near Blanco-Austin area

Dramatic video of a man being rescued after he was washed away in an SUV near Boerne, Texas, is unfortunately not an isolated incident in the state.

Flood waters rushed over the dam at Lake Texoma along the Texas Oklahoma border, and areas around a Texas dam near Lake Conroe and the town of Willis, Texas, were under mandatory evacuation orders, where the dam was in danger of breaching.

Two tornadoes also hit Harris County, which includes Houston and on the northwest side, residents of the Steeplechase subdivision also were awakened by an early morning small tornado. An apartment building in southwest Houston collapsed Sunday with two injuries reported.

Click2Houston Arial Photo of Rockport Apartments

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has added 24 counties to the declaration of counties in Texas that are officially disaster areas, and has stated:

“The State of Texas has taken brisk action in dispatching all available resources to aid those affected by this severe weather system, and I strongly urge all Texans to exercise every possible precaution to ensure their safety and the safety of their families and neighbors. My thoughts and prayers are with all the communities that are suffering as a result of this weather disaster, and I am grateful for the first responders who have worked tirelessly to provide shelter, care and resources to all impacted areas.”

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One Breitbart commenter explained why central Texas is so susceptible to flooding –

Because that area, the Texas Hill Country, is geologically a Cretaceous formation, and uplifted long ago by fault lines (Balcones Escarpment – “the balcony” that looks out over the younger Tertiary geology of South Texas), there is very little soil to hold water and the environment is often feast or famine…more often than not as proven in recent years, “famine” because of drought…and because the geology is largely limestone, when water comes, it FLOWS. Anything heavier than a quick shower upstream can become fast rising waters. There are a lot of low water crossings in the Hill Country and a good thunderstorm or two can strand you in your house if you live among the limestone ‘hills.’

flood San Antonio riverwalk

Flood waters gushing through restaurant foyer on San Antonio’s River Walk.

According to Fox News, there are 12 people missing in the Wimberley area and the floods claimed 3 lives in Oklahoma.

The Blanco River crested above 40 feet, more than double its flood stage of 13 feet, swamping I-35 and forcing parts of the busy north-south highway to close. Rescuers used pontoon boats and a helicopter to pull people out.

Dallas also faced severe flooding from the Trinity River, which was expected to crest near 40 feet Monday, threatening an industrial park. In the panhandle area the Red and Wichita rivers also rose far above flood stage.

And the weather  forecast predicts more rain this week.

~Kathy

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3 Responses to Texas Floods Claimed Over 350 Homes, Damaged Thousands More

  1. Crawfish says:

    2 tornadoes in Dallas County over the weekend as well.
    My eldest has a school band trip this week. Supposed to include Sea World, Longhorn Caverns, and Schlitterbahn