The state of Texas is making preparations after torrential rain affected South Texas and Coastal Bend communities over the last few days. High water rescues were reported in Rockport where several roads were impassable.
A wide area of low pressure over southern Texas brought days of torrential rainfall. In a 96 hour period to 09 July, Rockport recorded 18.31 inches (465 mm) of rain. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for Rockport and Fulton on 08 July. Flash Flood Warnings and Watches are in effect for nearly 3 million residents in the region.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on 07 July that the state has readied resources in response to the heavy rain and flood threat.
“The severe storms hitting our South Texas and Coastal Bend communities pose a serious threat of flash flooding and river flooding, and I urge Texans in these areas to heed the guidance of local officials and take precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones,” Governor Abbott said.
“The State of Texas has placed several resources on standby to support the local response to this weather, and we are ready to provide additional support as needed to keep Texans safe.”