Heavy Rains Lash Houston, Flooding Forces Evacuations

After torrential rainfall this past week, which has led to severe flooding in the Houston, Texas area, it seems the heavy rainfall has finally subsided. However, massive amounts of flooding in the area remain, although forecast predictions for this week call for sunny and shiny skies, with residents finally being able to return to their homes and assess flooding damages.

Over the past week, extreme rainfall hit the Houston area causing massive amounts of flooding, which ultimately led to residents being forced to evacuate the area, with some even being stranded upon rooftops to escape the flooding. The main areas affected by the rain and flooding were predominantly in southeast Texas, specifically Harris County near Lake Livingston, which is located northeast of Houston. It is estimated that these areas received up to 23 inches of rain, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jimmy Fowler.

Harris County Officials reported no deaths or injuries at the time, however, it has been later revealed by authorities that the flooding sadly claimed the life of a four-year-old boy from Johnson County, who was inside a car that had been quickly swept away by the intense flooding.

Now it seems that after what felt like an eternity for residents, heavy rainfall has subsided this Monday and the evacuation order placed in the area has been lifted. Judge Lina Hidalgo of Harris County reported to press officials Monday that the light at the end of the tunnel is near, and that residents have made it through the hardest part of the weather catastrophe. Judge Hidalgo reported that 233 people as well as 186 pets had been rescued in the area over the past few days, with active rescues concluding on Monday, and that the county had transitioned from a response phase to a recovery and cleanup phase.

Many school districts in the Houston area remain closed along with multiple roads closed that access many local neighborhoods.