You guessed it. More crap about the flooding. Mainly, historical crap. It’s not new here. And yet people move here every day.
I found a list from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about significant weather events of the 20th century in Central and South Texas. Nothing like a stroll down memory lane. A lane of tornadoes, droughts, floods, and cold snaps.
I also found a rather fascinating map, if you like maps:
Taken from a larger document on hazard mitigation, from the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. Full document is available here: http://www.gbra.org/hazardmitigation/default.aspx
The map, published in 2011, doesn’t include the Halloween floods in 2013 and of course the flooding from this Memorial Day. Nor does it include the 1981 Memorial Day flooding in Austin, but apparently that flooding was caused by only 4 to 10 inches of rain overnight. Only. The obnoxious rain totals are typically a result of tropical systems that Texas gets from both the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico. 36″ in 2001 in Harris County? Tropical Storm Allison.
Getting to the horses during such events can be a challenge. I remember that during one of the floods in 1997 in the San Antonio area, when we kept two horses at the polo barns at Retama Park, we couldn’t get to the barns the usual way because it was covered with high, swift flood waters. So we drove around to a different entrance and drove THROUGH the polo fields (hahahaha sorry polo players!) to get to the horses. Thankfully our barn wasn’t flooded, and the horses were dry.
Central Texas soil is rocky, and can’t absorb much water to begin with. Heavy rain can easily result in flash flooding, walls of quickly-moving water that can sweep away you, your car, your house … It’s why the area is called “flash flood alley.” I can’t decide if that’s better or worse than “tornado alley.”
Texas is not a gentle place. And I’m not even talking about the politics …