Thunderstorm and Flash Floods in Houston, Texas

Flash floods struck in the Houston, Texas, area yesterday, Monday 26 May 2014. The flooding came after thunderstorms in the area dumped around 3 to 5 inches (7.5 cm to 12.5cm) of rain in just one hour.

Drivers were trapped in their vehicles and some cars were dragged away by flood water in the roads around the city. The worst affected area was Fort Bend county and Waller county.

Flood warnings were issued for other parts of Texas, including Austin, Galveston, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Grimes, Harris, Jackson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker, Washington and Wharton counties.

The flood waters began to subside in the Houston area late yesterday evening. Further thunderstorms are likely later today (Tuesday 27 May 2014).

Houston and parts of Texas suffered from similar flash flooding at almost exactly the same time of year in 2013. As we reported back then, flash flooding struck in late April 2013, and again at the end of May 2013.