Houston- When Hurricane Harvey 2017 was set to unleash on Houston and the surrounding towns and cities in Texas, there were predictions of heavy rains and damages. But no one thought that Houston and other cities in the region will receive 6 months’ worth of rains within a matter of two or three days.
The heavy rains continue to unleash and water level is rising in much of the region. New areas are being evacuated and officials in Houston are being attacked for not advising people to relocate to safer areas before the arrival of the category 4 hurricane Harvey.
In most of the places at least 25 inch of rains have been confirmed with officials claiming that in several other places it is around 40 inches of rains in the last three days alone. Houston flooding Harvey map shows massive damage across the city of more than two million people.
Officials have said that heavy rains are expected to continue for the rest of the week. The National Weather Service says flooding isn’t expected to peak until Wednesday or Thursday. “We are not out of the woods yet… Harvey is still a dangerous and historic storm,” said Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security while briefing the media. Cities affected by hurricane Harvey include Houston, Corpus Christi and Galveston besides several others.
Houston looked an extension of surrounding rivers. The incessant rain turned almost the entire town into gray-green floodwaters and turned streets into rivers navigable only by boat. In a rescue effort that recalled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, helicopters landed near flooded freeways, airboats buzzed across submerged neighborhoods and high-water vehicles plowed through water-logged intersections. Some people managed with kayaks or canoes or swam. Houston flooding map 2017 has unnerved the officials, prompting them to seek citizens’ help in their rescue efforts.
A report in the Weather Channel claims that “Through early Monday, parts of the southeast Houston metro area had received more than 30 inches of rain since Thursday evening…The average rainfall within the Harris County Emergency Management network has exceeded that of Tropical Storm Allison (2001) in almost half of the time (2 to 3 days versus 5 days)…The most rain from an Atlantic tropical cyclone or its remnants is 48 inches from Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978”.
— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) August 28, 2017
— Rachael Gleason (@rachaelgleason) August 27, 2017
— Sara Donchey (@KPRC2Sara) August 28, 2017
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) August 28, 2017
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 28, 2017
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 28, 2017
PHOTOS: Houston hit with catastrophic flooding in aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. https://t.co/UeguVAnlB2
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 28, 2017
— 🌹Nια (@nia4_trump) August 28, 2017
Coast Guard rescue workers pick up stranded people from rooftops in Houston, Texas, after massive flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey pic.twitter.com/ZUzmtyP0Pg
— AFP news agency (@AFP) August 28, 2017
— Jim Harrington (@jejharrington) August 28, 2017
2,000 people rescued from floods in Houston; 185 requests still pending, police chief says https://t.co/kMOzYPtweT
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 28, 2017
Tracking Harvey: Before-and-after images show the catastrophic flooding in Houston – Read at Business Insider: https://t.co/Ota6HSx7kX
— VeteransUnited March (@VetsUnitedMarch) August 28, 2017
Houston flooding 2017 is among the worst in history in this part of the world. Many areas are under several feet of water and there is danger that flooding is going to worsen in the days to come. Bush Intercontinental Airport broke its record wettest calendar day, Sunday, by over 5 inches, picking up 16.07 inches of rain. Houston’s Hobby Airport also crushed a two-day rainfall record by almost 8 inches, picking up 23.06 inches of rain August 26-27.
Officials claim that the Brazos River is expected to crest over 4 feet above the previous record set just last June at Richmond, Texas. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in Fort Bend County. Major flooding from up to nearly 22 inches of rain has also occurred to the east of Austin in Bastrop and Caldwell counties where water rescues have been reported. Record crests are expected on the San Bernard River near Boling and on Sandies Creek near Westhoff.