Texas Floods – Death Toll Rises, Prisons Evacuated

Six people have now been reported to have died in flooding that has affected parts of Texas since 26 May 2016.

On Sunday 29 May, 2016, a woman died after her car was swept from the street by a flooded creek in Comfort, Kendall County. In Washington and Travis counties, the bodies of 3 people previously reported as missing in the floods have since been found. Two deaths had already been reported in Washington County late last week.

Heavy rain fell last week, causing floods in several counties. Brenham in Washington County, recorded 16.62 inches (42 cm) of rain in 24 hours on 26 May 2016.

Since then further heavy rain has caused flooding chaos. At least 9 people had to be rescued after floods in Bandera, north of San Antonio.

Officials with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced on Sunday 29 May that 2,600 inmates from prisons in Brazoria County were evacuated after levels of the Brazos River rose steeply.

The severe weather has also affected parts of Kansas where an 11 year old boy has been reported as missing. Wichita Fire Department said “Crews continue to search every inch of Gypsum Creek area in recovery efforts of the 11 year old that they believe was swept away by rushing waters Friday evening.”

Elsewhere in USA, Tropical Depression Bonnie reached the South Carolina coast early on Sunday 29 May, bringing heavy rain of up to 8 inches (200mm) and high waves. Several roads have been closed which will come as a major blow to tourists visiting the area for Memorial Day celebrations.

Flood summary

Last updated: July 13, 2016
Event
Texas, USA, May to June 2016
Date
May 26, 2016
Type
Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall
15 people have now been reported to have died in flooding that has affected parts of Texas since 26 May 2016.

Locations

Brenham, Washington County, Texas

Magnitude

Rainfall level
420 mm in 24 hours
Brenham
River level
16.7 metres
Brazos River, Richmond

Damages

Fatalities
15 people
Texas