Ptarmigan wrote:Does anyone here remember the June 15, 1976 flood event in Houston?
srainhoutx wrote:A very strong nearly stationary Thunderstorm Complex set up just S of Downtown and points E. It was also one of the first times an Astro's game was cancelled for the Astrodome that evening.
Katdaddy wrote:I remember that flood event. The next morning the boundary had shifted S across N Brazoria County. That was the first time I saw our yard in Pearland become covered in water. If memory serves me Astroworld was flooded. In fact there use to be a hotel in Astroworld and the first floor was flooded.
From the Weather Research Center:
Texas Medical Center Flood 10.47"; 8 drowned; Westbury 10.12". Hunting Bayou at Loop 610. 10.2" of rain in 6 hours. 13" of rain impacted the Brays Bayou. (
My memory of Houston first paying attention to flooding issues was the flood of 1976, the first one to flood the Medical Center.
It was in June, and was a day, like so many in Houston, where the weathermen totally missed the call- they said a 20% chance of rain was likely.
My brother floated a mattress from south of the Rice Village to Methodist Hospital that day.
I was stuck at Audio Concepts, where we watched cars disappearing under SW Freeway at Greenbriar.
A friendly lawyer opened up his bar, and we felt very well comforted against the storm.
The water drained by 10:30PM.
The improvements and defenses against that 1976 storm were what failed during Allison in 2001, 25 years later.
And today, in SW Houston, we are having our third major rain event in just over two weeks.
Eric, I think the drought is now officially over.
If I understand the extent of this, even the upper Guadalupe is getting recharged. I heard Kerrville was facing flash floods, so the Guadalupe above Canyon Lake will be flowing nicely, and the lake rising some.
Posted by: hunter at April 27, 2009 08:21 PM
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