How Imelda’s Prolific Rain, Flooding Compares to Harvey in East Texas. By Jonathan Erdman – Weather.com
At a Glance
- Imelda has dumped prolific rainfall in parts of eastern Texas.
- Some areas have picked up 20 to 42 inches of rain.
- In a few areas, the flooding has been described as worse than that during Harvey.
- Harvey’s record-setting rain was much more widespread than Imelda.
- Imelda pounded part of Texas with rainfall measured in feet, not inches… Compare to the then record-smashing rain from Hurricane Harvey two years ago.
Vidor, Texas, Police Chief Rod Carroll told The Weather Channel that flooding in the town was “worse during this storm than it was during Hurricane Harvey.”
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- Items needed: Monetary donations for gasoline, water, ice, coolers, Gatorade, non-perishable food items like protein bars, etc., AA batteries
- They can be dropped off at Centerville ISD fire headquarters
- The Print Shack in Lufkin
- Hudson city Hall: Jeffrey S Burns, Chief at City of Hudson Police Department, reports Hudson City Hall is taking donations of Gator Aid and Water to be delivered to the Trinity County Fire. They can drop off the donations Monday through Friday 8-5.
- Officials will make trips to the Fire area to deliver the donations until this fire is ruled under 100 % contained.
CURRENT TEXAS WILDFIRE SITUATION
- Texas Forest Service responded Sunday to 12 new large fires.
- Texas Forest Service currently is responding to 20 fires that have burned 76,042 acres.
- 222 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.
Drought information: Over the last 30 days, around 90% of the state has rainfall deficits running 50% or less of normal rainfall.
Fireworks: Angelina County and the cities of Hudson and Lufkin filed bans on burning and fireworks Friday due to drought conditions across the county. As for the yearly city display, the event at Ellen Trout Park will be exempt as long as it is under fire department supervision. Other communities will be able to host organized events with the appropriate supervision, said Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter. A fireworks ban will also make it illegal to sale or possess fireworks.“There will be no stands this year if the governor extends it,” he said. “If law enforcement finds a stand opening or attempting to open they’ll be warned and if they continue they are subject to prosecution.” If conditions change during the next two weeks, the ban will be reconsidered but the National Weather Service is forecasting little rain for East Texas in the next ten days.
- Everyone should – Follow all county and city laws regarding fireworks use.
- Only use fireworks outdoors and away from dry grass and buildings.
- Read the labels and use only as directed, with adult supervision.
- Keep water, wet towels, and a garden hose nearby.
- Allow fireworks to cool completely before handling, and discard used fireworks into a bucket of water.
- Adjust the safety chains on your trailers to ensure they don’t drag and create sparks that can cause roadside starts.
- Do not weld or cut without a spotter, a water source and a shovel.
- Never leave a campfire unattended. Always have tools available to put out a fire.
- Remove flammable materials from around your home.
- Develop an evacuation plan for your family.
- Obey outdoor burning bans. Don’t burn trash or debris when conditions are dry or windy. Unsafe burning is the No. 1 cause of wildfires in Texas.
- Keep lawn mowers and agricultural equipment in proper working condition and avoid rocks and other materials which might cause a spark.
- To report suspicious activities, call the Arson Hotline at (888) 501-3850. If possible, safely obtain an accurate description of the person and/or vehicle (including the license number) before calling the hotline.
- Humans cause more than 90% of all wildfires.