Parts of Texas inundated by more than a foot of rain

25 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Flooding fears ease as Texas storm moves on.

South-east Texas escaped widespread flood damage as storms including the remnants of hurricane Patricia moved eastward on Sunday towards Louisiana and the other Gulf Coast states.HOUSTON – Forecasters said Sunday that relentless storms that dumped more than a foot of rain in some parts of Texas were moving on and that dangerous flood warnings were coming to an end. Authorities said one man is missing after being swept away by floodwaters near San Antonio, but that no deaths or major destruction have been confirmed in the biggest deluge in Texas since torrential spring rains washed away homes and killed dozens.

Patricia and a separate storm system dumped roughly nine inches (23 centimetres) of rain around downtown Houston, but forecasters expected the last band of showers to begin leaving Sunday afternoon. Though isolated flooding prompted road closures and some cars were stranded and several bayous overflowed their banks on Saturday night, there were no reports of deaths or serious injuries by mid-morning on Sunday.

Near Austin, the soaking helped firefighters contain the last of a long-simmering wildfire that had burned seven square miles (11 square kilometres) and destroyed nearly 70 homes. Galveston County Judge Mark Henry issued a voluntary evacuation Saturday for Bolivar Peninsula, just northeast of Galveston Island, after forecasters predicted the area would get 8 to 12 inches of rain and tides 4 to 5 feet high. Parched forestland from a hot and dry summer fuelled the blaze, but meteorologists say that the long stretch of sweltering weather also helped avoid a repeat of devastating floods that walloped Texas over Memorial Day. “We had much drier grounds that could handle more of the rainfall and soak it in,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Scott Overpeck said. “We had drought conditions we were dealing with.” Patricia was the most powerful hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere and made landfall Friday along Mexico’s Pacific Coast as a Category 5 storm. Bryan Brawner, who owns a charter company on the peninsula that takes people fishing in the Galveston Bay, said: “Most people are just going to have their groceries and watch TV and watch it rain.” “I feel comfortable. In Austin, a Formula One championship that attracts racing fans from across the globe was set to do both qualifying laps and the race Sunday after getting washed out most of the weekend.

Some of the worst downpours hit Corsicana, 50 miles south of Dallas, where more than 20in of rain fell from Thursday, forcing the closure of Interstate 45, the main artery between Houston and Dallas. There was one positive outcome from the soaking: officials in Bastrop County, near Austin, said that it helped firefighters fully contain a wildfire that started nearly two weeks ago and has burned more than 4,500 acres and destroyed 64 homes. “Rainfall rates could reach two to three inches at times, which will quickly cause flash flooding along streams and in poor drainage areas,” meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski told

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