US Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in several counties that are currently experiencing widespread flooding due to Tropical Storm Imelda. This declaration will ensure that local officials have access to any state resources they may require to respond to this severe weather. On Monday, Governor Abbott deployed numerous resources to the Gulf Coast in preparation for this weather event.
“The State of Texas is working closely with local officials and emergency personnel to provide the resources they need to keep Texans safe from Tropical Storm Imelda,” said Governor Abbott. “I thank our first responders who are acting swiftly to help the communities that are facing this severe weather event. I urge all those in the path of this storm to take the necessary precautions and heed all warnings from local officials.”
South East Texas ordinarily sees around 63 inches of rainfall a year – Tropical Storm Imelda dropped 43 inches of water in an area of southeast Texas, in a matter of hours.
The National Weather Service (NOAA)National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service announced flood warnings for many counties across Texas.
The excessive runoff from heavy rainfall is causing flooding to urban areas, highways, creeks and streams as well as drainage and low lying areas.
A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect in a portion of southeast Texas, as the continuing heavy rains on already saturated grounds and watersheds are likely to exacerbate the flooding.
Currently, over 1,000 people have been rescued from flood waters and 2 people have lost their lives.