Aug 30, 2017

Harvey has unloaded 24.5 trillion gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana

Beaumont, TX
USA
by
Angela Fritz and Jason Samenow
,
Washington Post
Rainfall totals through 8 a.m. Wednesday. Image: The Washington Post
Rainfall totals through 8 a.m. Wednesday. Image: The Washington Post

The latest storm totals are in, and by our estimates, about 24.5 trillion gallons of water has fallen on Southeast Texas and southern Louisiana because of Harvey.

Breaking it down, Texas has totaled 19 trillion gallons, and Louisiana has already seen 5.5 trillion gallons. More is on the way for Louisiana, but the rain is expected to taper off Thursday.

So much rain has fallen in such a short amount of time, it will take weeks for it to fully drain. In low-lying areas and basements, it will take volunteers to physically pump the water out. Disease, unfortunately, will fester in this water as the sun comes out, and Texas summer heat returns.