May 9, 2016

Houston region swamped and shut down by ‘historic’ flood

Houston, TX
USA
by
Jason Samenow
,
Washington Post
Amid historic flooding, people in Houston are abandoning their waterlogged cars in the streets and leaving their homes for higher ground. Photo: Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post
Amid historic flooding, people in Houston are abandoning their waterlogged cars in the streets and leaving their homes for higher ground. Photo: Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post

A flood event of excessive proportions has crippled Houston and a vast region surrounding it.  Five to 17 inches of rain have fallen in the area in less than 24 hours, inundating homes and roads, while forcing more than 1,200 high water rescues...

The event has proven remarkable for both its size and intensity. The flash flood warning declared by the National Weather Service Monday morning covered a region encompassing more than 21,000 square miles, the largest in the last decade, at least