HOUSTON, Texas — Flood warnings are up in Texas on Wednesday after days of historic flooding in neighboring Louisiana. Flash flood warnings have been issued for most of northeast and east Texas along with parts of central Texas.
The historic rain event that has been plaguing Louisiana since the weekend began moving westward causing weather officials to issue warnings for as far north as Tyler, Texas. The warnings reach southwest to San Antonio and southward through Houston to Corpus Christi, according to Accuweather.com. Residents can expect “life-threatening” rainfall to fall in the affected area, officials said.
Many of the lakes and reservoirs in Texas have filled to at or near capacity following several major rainfall events in the late spring and early summer. In one single rainfall event, several people died after 18 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period, Breitbart Texas reported in May.
The flooding in Louisiana is being called the “worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy,” the American Red Cross stated. Flooding in Louisiana has left tens of thousands of people homeless. More than 20,000 water rescues have been accomplished in the wake of the rainfall.
Persistent downpours are expected for much of Wednesday. The rainfall is expected to work its way west and south to encompass most of the Texas Coastal Plain and central Texas.
Officials in central Texas have issued flash flood warnings for much parts of Burnet County and Travis County. Heavy rainfall has already caused roadways to flood with rapidly rising water, the Austin American-Statesman reported on Wednesday. The flash flood warning is scheduled to remain in effect until 3 a.m. on Thursday at this time.
Weather officials in Galveston have also issued a flash flood warning effective until 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Rainfall amounts of 2-4 inches are expected for the island. Saturated soil leave water nowhere to go but into the roadways, the National Weather Service reported.
Officials continue to warn drivers to stay home if possible and not to drive into flooded roadways. “Turn around, don’t drown,” is the caution most issued.