Flood in the United States
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Type of Event:
Location of Event:
Texas, United States of America
Date of Charter Activation:
31 May 2016
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U.S. Geological Survey on behalf of Texas Emergency Management
Description of the event
Days of heavy rainfall have resulted in record levels of flooding in Texas.
Seven people died and hundreds of homes were flooded. It is reportedly the worst flooding the area has experienced in over a century.
A state of disaster has been declared in nine counties around the Houston area, where the worst of the flooding has occurred.
More than a thousand people were rescued by emergency crews, retrieving people trapped in flooded homes and cars. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued to residents along the Brazos River which has swollen to record water levels and contributed to the floods. Other rivers in the state are also flooding or at risk of doing so.
The heavy rainfall is expected to continue for several more days and it is expected that the flood waters will linger for some time, due to Houston's flat topography.