Houston Flood: At Least 8 People Dead Amid Heavy Rainfall and Flash Flooding
This week’s flooding in Houston could fill more than 360,000 Olympic sized pool and cost $5 billion in property damage.
“It [storms] just kept hitting Houston, over and over again. That’s why, unfortunately, people get caught out on the roads.” Said Dave Fehling of Houston Public Media.
Now the heaviest rain is moving out and the people of Houston are getting back to normal.
“The schools in the northern suburbs were hit the hardest by some of the creek flooding, they’re still out of school.” Said Fehling, “But schools here in the Houston area, they’re back in session.”
While not as bad, this flooding has been likened to Tropical Storm Alison that hit Houston in 2001. Wounds from Alison and recent flooding have been re-opened. Questions like if enough is being done to keep people from building in flood prone areas have been raised.
“We’ve had hundreds of thousands move to Houston, in just the past decade. So they have built far more roads and paved over parking lots, places where the water used to be absorbed.” Said Dave Fehling.
Headline image: A car is submerged in floodwaters in the Ponderosa neighborhood, Houston, April 19, 2016. Texas Guardsmen from the 736th Component Repair Company, 36th Sustainment Brigade, 36th Infantry Division worked alongside local and state emergency responders to rescue Texans in need from severe flooding in Houston. (U.S. Army National Guard photo courtesy of 736th Component Repair Company, 36th Sustainment Brigade)