Harvey Flood Impact Continues – Peak Water Anticipated Wednesday and Thursday…

Ongoing record rainfall from TS Harvey continues to bring record flooding to East Texas.  Almost 25 inches of rain has fallen on the region following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall last weekend.  As the rain continues, weather forecasters now anticipating peak water on Wednesday or Thursday as Harvey’s rain begins impacting Southwest Louisiana. [Reuters Picture Gallery Here]  Texas is only about half-way through the anticipated impact timeline.

Thousands of rescue missions have taken place, most by ordinary citizens using private boats and vessels to retrieve stranded residents in the area.  12,000 National Guard troops are working 24/7, and volunteers from several states have arrived to supplement local, state and federal search and rescue efforts.

TEXAS – A new record daily max rainfall of 16.07 inches was set at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston on Sunday, breaking the old record of 8.32 inches from 1945, according to National Weather Service (NWS) measurements. The airport was closed in the wake of Harvey.

In the last two days, 24.44 inches of rain has fallen in Houston, the NWS reported on Monday. The rainfall from Harvey has already made this August the wettest month on record for Houston.

ABC News meteorologists expect up to 50 inches of rain to accumulate in the southeastern part of Texas by Wednesday as a result of the storm.

Harvey has so far affected about a quarter of the Texas population, or 6.8 million people in 18 counties, according to The Associated Press.

At least three people are confirmed dead in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, a number that is expected to rise.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has performed more than 2,000 multi-person rescues in the Houston-Galveston area as of Monday morning. There have been more than 250 survivors from air rescues alone.

The USCG has 20 helicopters and 9 Flood Punt Teams conducting search and rescue operations in the Houston area.

The Houston Fire Department received 5,500 calls for help in the past 24-hour period, fire officials said Monday.

The Houston Police Department has completed about 2,000 rescue missions since Harvey began, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said today on “Good Morning America.” (read more).

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293 Responses to Harvey Flood Impact Continues – Peak Water Anticipated Wednesday and Thursday…

  1. Ziiggii says:

    not the time for pointing fingers and casting blame – the reviews will come – but this is an interesting article from the Houston Chronicle that speaks to the history the city has faced with re: to flooding events. It was written in Jan of this year…

    How to fix the Houston floods

    Houston will flood again, like it always does. Rain will back up storm drains, bayous will overflow, water will wreck thousands of homes and people may die. There will be calls for drastic action, but time will pass, and the urgency to respond will fade. Then Houston will flood again, like it always does.

    But the solutions are out there.

    “We literally know how to eliminate flooding,” said Wayne Klotz, a veteran Houston flood engineer and past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The problem, said Houston flood czar Steve Costello, is that the public’s zeal for protection – and the hefty investment it would require – only thrives while the destruction is fresh.

    http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/amp/How-to-fix-the-Houston-floods-10826834.php

    Liked by 7 people

    • Howie says:

      It will become a war zone I bet. They need more National guard locked and loaded like after Andrew in Miami. Awful.

      Liked by 4 people

    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      This is a great article. As cities,expand, flooding will inevitably increase: pavement can’t absorb water; flood plains should never be used for residences or commerce. Even here in Omaha, we try to cope with the problems caused by urbanization by creating “dam sites” along the Papio Creek. Places that have no flood problems are impacted by the dams–which often create, ironically, more development. People continue to build or they remain in the flood plain, and the city seems oblivious.

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  2. Michael says:

    UNPRECEDENTED FLOOD IN HOUSTON!

    Oh wait. This from 1935….

    Liked by 14 people

    • kittycat77 says:

      Rush was talking about this one on the radio today. But Houston is more populated now. Still it was bad.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Michael says:

        I seldom listen to rush nowadays but I scan his website couple time a week and is what led me to that photo.

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          Same here Michael. I trying to have music in the background most days, while I’m reading and researching more of the commies and useful tools who are attempting coup.

          Nothing wrong with listening/checkin periodically with Rush, Levin( who’s actually defending Trump pretty strong right now, Beck, etc.

          In the end, all of us are going to need one another and their audiences!!!!

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    • Houston has been flooding since people first moved there:
      https://www.hcfcd.org/flooding-floodplains/harris-countys-flooding-history/

      Harris County suffered through 16 major floods from 1836 to 1936, some of which crested at more than 40 feet, turning downtown Houston streets into raging rivers. After the tremendously destructive floods of 1929 and 1935, however, citizens clamored for solutions.

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      • Lindenlee says:

        I know this will sound terrible, but cities, states, and people should self-insure if they choose to live in an area that is basically UNINSURABLE by normal risk standards. The federal government should not be in the business of using taxpayer dollars to do this.

        I live in FL, and I carry home insurance, which is damn expensive. Many people do not insure themselves, and then when a hurricane comes, they GET GRANTS, up to $30,000, on the taxpayer dime. So I, the responsible one, pay my insurance, pay my deductibles (plural), AND pay for THEM through FEMA. And I am sick of this.

        If you live in Houston, then build your house with a four-foot stemware to elevate yourself above flood level. Insure yourself. Make preparations. BUT DO IT ON YOUR DIME.

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        • dayallaxeded says:

          As long as my dimes aren’t insuring anyone else’s property, I’m fine with none of theirs insuring mine. Fed flood insurance was a life/home saver for us after Katrina, but we paid and paid and paid, without any claims for more than a decade, before. Way too much of our tax and flood insurance $ goes to coastal vacation homes and houses built out on beaches, not in cities where people need to live and work. Since there’s no chance of yanking coverage from Christie’s and Sanders’ and the Kennedys’ etc. beach front properties, it’d be preferable for the whole FFIP to be shut down.

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          • auntiefran413 says:

            It was probably 30 years ago when a small farming town in Illinois was devastated by flood waters for the umpteenth time! The Feds built an entire town up on a bluff, complete with churches, a bank, grocery stores, you name it. People were offered free homes there – far more cost effective than paying for almost annual floods on the river banks! The homes were awarded by lottery. Only one family decided to stay down on the plain and self-insure. That has saved you and me a LOT of money!

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  3. jstanley01 says:

    KHOU 11 HOUSTON LIVE COVERAGE…

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    • justfactsplz says:

      That’s pretty ungrateful. I’ll wager these were Texas Black Hats. I know Texas has more good guys with guns than bad guys with guns. You are right, they need more National Guardsmen over there.

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  4. In Az says:

    Red Cross gets reimbursement from the Federal Government when Red Cross goes to a disaster area.

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    • MfM says:

      I have a problem with a charity getting funds from the Government and making the public think they are doing it without their help.

      Other agencies like Police, Fire and EMS also may get reimbursed. Some of it maybe under ‘mutual aid’. You wouldn’t expect the Electric repair crews and the tree guys that travel with them do do it for free. Police, Fire and EMS it’s understandable. There are major safety, training and safety concerns. You don’t want to have someone who says they are a Doctor, Nurse or Paramedic treating someone when they aren’t. Being able to partner with companies who are taking care of all that outsources the hassle.

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    • auntiefran413 says:

      The Red Cross is one of my least favorite “charities” with their fat cat executive salaries. Iff I really want to be honest, I suppose that if the Red Cross is being reimbursed, so are Solomon’s Purse and Matthew 25 Ministries.

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  5. NJF says:

    Members of Cajun Navy resuscitate Houston resident found floating lifeless

    http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2017/08/members_of_cajun_navy_resuscit.html

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  6. Dora says:

    And this is what the mayor is concerned about? Maybe it’s why he didn’t want to evacuate. Yikes!

    ==

    Houston Mayor: “If Someone Tries To Deport You [During Hurricane] I Will Represent You Myself”
    https://www.weaselzippers.us/354914-houston-mayor-if-someone-tries-to-deport-you-during-hurricane-i-will-represent-you-myself/

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  7. Ziiggii says:

    for the weather junkies (like me) this is a really cool look at just how powerful Harvey was right at the time of landfall…

    Mesovorticies = basically tornadoes
    “Eyewall mesovortices are small scale rotational features found in the eyewalls of intense tropical cyclones. They are similar, in principle, to small “suction vortices” often observed in multiple-vortex tornadoes. In these vortices, wind speed can be up to 10% higher than in the rest of the eyewall. Eyewall mesovortices are most common during periods of intensification in tropical cyclones.”

    Meaning the 160mph gusts that were reported right as Harvey made land fall would not be close to the wind speed if one were to be in the path of one of these vorticies as it went over your location. Harvey literally went right over the location of this dopplar radar which is how we can see these mesovortices. In most hurricanes the eyewall is to far way from the radar location to get a clear picture of what the storms are doing in the eyewall.

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    • Howie says:

      Back over water now and pressure dropping fast….998mb now.

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      • Ziiggii says:

        SUMMARY OF 400 PM CDT…2100 UTC…INFORMATION
        ———————————————-
        LOCATION…28.5N 95.7W
        ABOUT 45 MI…70 KM E OF PORT OCONNOR TEXAS
        ABOUT 145 MI…235 KM SW OF PORT ARTHUR TEXAS
        MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
        PRESENT MOVEMENT…ESE OR 110 DEGREES AT 3 MPH…6 KM/H
        MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…997 MB…29.44 INCHES

        been watching him this afternoon. The storms are starting to really spin up now… with all the water temps down by almost 10 degrees because of the up-swells, he’ll have a hard time keeping those thunderstorms fed. The far east ingress bands though will be pretty intense as they line up over the warmer waters.

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        • Howie says:

          Ya wonder how deep the thermocline is? Pretty shallow off that coast out pretty far.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Ziiggii says:

            not sure, but I know it’s pretty shallow. But I think he’s getting cutoff by the really dry air getting sucked in. He’s starting to look more extratropical, like an upper lvl low, than a tropical cyclone; bet the computer models didn’t see that one coming.

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          • lizzieintexas says:

            Off Port O’Connor is the best place to launch for off shore fishing in Texas because it is the closest to deep water – just fyi.

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            • TakeBackOurRepublic says:

              lizzieintexas, my parents live full time in POC, where my dad has been a fishing charter captain for 20+ years. They like to keep their fishing secrets!

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      • annieoakley says:

        Harvey will get a new life and continue on Raining!

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  8. frangelica1 says:

    There is a new Facebook page for Hurricane Lost and Found Pets and Foster offers here:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1406340836153070/

    Liked by 2 people

    • justfactsplz says:

      Evacuees may bring their pets to the convention center also and they don’t have to have their shot records with them. So many refused to leave their beloved pets so they said bring ’em.

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  9. Landslide says:

    Was just listening to KHOU’s broadcast and they said rain is much lighter now and will taper off sooner than they thought. (Some areas still getting heavy rain, but most is lighter) I’m praying that the 2 levees/dams hold.🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

    Liked by 3 people

  10. MaineCoon says:

    Steve Looker at RSBN announced that all donations TODAY to RightSide Broadcasting will be given to Samaritan’s Purse for their Texas rescue efforts.

    Liked by 5 people

  11. Pam says:

    Here is Gov Abbott’s presser from earlier this afternoon.

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  12. Pam says:

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  13. LKA in LA says:

    The Louisiana Cajun Navy is returning to Louisiana early due to looters robbing boats and shooting at rescuers. Go to their twitter and read post.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Howie says:

      This storm is a leftist democrat. It just won’t go away and leave you alone. The looters have not even begun to loot yet. It will get worse.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Kelly says:

      Send links to the stories and to the tweets. There is NOT rampant looting or shooting. How do I know that? I am HERE.

      Liked by 6 people

      • Sandra-VA says:

        Hope you are safe, Kelly!

        The only report I have seen of looting was in a strip mall… someone tweeted video of some younguns going through stores filling shopping carts and carrying large TVs… sad!

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      • Kent says:

        Things are very quiet in Port Arthur. Hardly any traffic, power is on, flooding isn’t widespread and at the moment rain isn’t heavy at all and hasn’t been most of the morning….although it is moving this direction.

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    • webgirlpdx says:

      Actually, just went to their facebook page and one of their leaders just posted a video with an update on ‘shooting’ and what was reported on CNN. He was very diplomatic about what he said about that….I almost expected him to say “Fake News”

      There was a boat that was shot at or shots in the air etc. No one is hurt and he did say that there are always looters…desperate people in desperate times.

      But, they are not leaving….

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    • Texian says:

      Who is in charge of assigning where they go.. I think somebody is sending them in parts of town they wouldn’t go themselves.. Treating the Cajun Navy volunteers like that is unacceptable..

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  14. Kelly says:

    Wow! I am in Houston and I’ve seen nor heard anything negative from the Cajun rescue teams. I have see and heard nothing but positive with regard to the rescue and those who are grateful to the first responders who are risking life and limb for very grateful people.

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  15. Kathy says:

    *PUKE* … Charitable Humans, self-described on LinkedIn as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization “dedicated to changing the world for the betterment of all living beings on planet Earth” has deleted its social media accounts after stating it would not help “any red state.” Tweets from the now-removed Twitter account condemn the red state of Texas by saying:

    “[L]et them clean up their own mess.” … “Any state that elects a Republican needs to be incinerated, there have to be severe consequences.” … “It’s not wise to be generous to sociopaths that will never return it in-kind. Red states screwed themselves.”

    Breitbart (Lana Shadwick) … http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/28/charitable-humans-deletes-social-media-refusing-help-red-state/

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  16. NJF says:

    OMG.

    Cajun Navy coming up with ‘new plan’ after looters shoot at boats, try to steal them

    http://wgno.com/2017/08/28/cajun-navy-coming-up-with-new-plan-after-looters-shoot-at-boats-try-to-steal-them/

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  17. peachteachr says:

    To quote Rush’s signature saying, “Mega Dittos to the Cajun Navy.”
    God Bless Texas.

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  18. Lucille says:

    Very interesting review by the man who reported on the Oroville, CA dam failure, Juan Browne:

    Hurricane Harvey in Houston Addicks and Barker Reservoirs Update
    blancolirio channel

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  19. sunnydaze says:

    Local News lifestream. They were just in a neighborhood where Every.Single.House. was flooded up to the roof eaves.

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  20. Sandra-VA says:

    Follow up on Otis and his bag of food:

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  21. Abster says:

    Having watched the pictures and videos for past few days, I think part of prep should include a flotation device and a couple noodles.

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  22. nimrodman says:

    Ha! Got Fox news on in the background and just saw 4 rescuers each at the corner of a moderate size black cage with about 6 kitty cats inside. The kitties looked a little wet, maybe from the rain, and one or two were sitting up patiently and glancing around at their rescuers.

    Very cute, maybe there’ll be a screen cap or still photo posted somewhere, keep an eye out for it.

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  23. Donna in Oregon says:

    The one thing that makes a National tragedy worse than it actually is……the Media.

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  24. Kent says:

    Jasper and Tyler counties are north of Beaumont TX….

    Alert area: Jasper; Tyler
    Posted 12 minutes ago
    The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a

    * Flash Flood Warning for…
    Tyler County in southeastern Texas…
    Northern Jasper County in southeastern Texas…

    * Until 415 PM CDT

    * At 1020 AM CDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the
    warned area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen. Flash
    flooding is expected to begin shortly.

    * Some locations that will experience flooding include…
    Jasper, Woodville, Kirbyville, Colmesneil, Chester, Ebenezer, Fred,
    Rockland, Warren, Town Bluff, Magnolia Springs, Mt. Union, Spurger,
    Roganville, Ivanhoe, Hillister and Sam Rayburn Dam.

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    • Kent says:

      Tropical Storm Harvey Intermediate Advisory 49a
      Issued: Tuesday, August 29th 2017 11:17am CDT

      Satellite imagery indicates that Harvey’s broad, poorly-organized center is accelerating to the north-northeast at close to 10 mph over the past several hours. Harvey is on track to move inland south of Lake Charles tonight. Heaviest rainfall is occurring in two areas. The first is from the east side of Houston to the Beaumont/Port Arthur area. This heavy rain will move slowly eastward as Harvey continues moving toward the Louisiana coast this afternoon and tonight. While the heavier rain will fall east of Houston, the Beaumont/Port Arthur area may be near the core of heavier rainfall. Rainfall there this afternoon through tonight may run 8-15 inches.
      Though Lake Charles is not currently receiving any heavy rain, we expect the heavy rain over southeast Texas to move into the Lake Charles area by this evening and last through Wednesday morning. There is a potential for 8-12 inches in the Lake Charles area during that time.
      Farther east, the second area of heavy rain extends from southeast Louisiana into southwestern Mississippi. This is associated with an outer feeder band of Harvey. Heavy rain will continue in this area through Wednesday morning. Up to 7-9 inches of rain may fall in some locations.
      As for Harvey itself, squalls remain displaced north of the center as drier air flows in from the west. Observations across the Gulf indicate that max sustained winds may be down to 40 mph. Very little change in intensity is expected up until landfall tonight. The primary concern will continue to be from Harvey’s heavy rainfall.
      The next full advisory will be issued by 3 PM CDT.
      Meteorologist: Chris Hebert

      Tropical Storm Harvey Advisory 49
      Issued: Tuesday, August 29th 2017 7:58am CDT

      Current Location: 28.1N, 94.3W
      Geographic Reference: 85 miles SSE of Galveston
      Movement: ENE at 5 mph
      Max Winds: 45 mph gusting to 60 mph
      Current and Max Predicted Radius of Tropical Storm Force Winds: 145 miles northeast of the center
      Current and Peak Predicted Hurricane Severity Index: 3 out of a possible 50 points (1 size, 2 intensity)
      Organizational Trend: Steady
      Forecast Confidence: Average

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  25. silverlakela says:

    Same as New Orleans, it takes a Democrat mayor to screw it up.​

    Texas Governor, Mayor Split Over Whether Houston Needed Evacuations
    ​https://www.wsj.com/articles/texas-governor-mayor-split-over-if-houston-needed-evacuations-1503880263

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