Tropical Depression Imelda Drenching Texas Coast
Updated 11/8/19: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a circular that expresses concern about VA home loan borrowers affected by Tropical Storm Imelda and describes measures mortgagees may employ to provide relief.
Updated 10/24/19: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Texas affected by Tropical Storm Imelda from September 17 to September 23, 2019.
Updated 10/4/19: FEMA issued an update to a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for areas in Texas affected by Tropical Storm Imelda from September 17 to September 23, 2019.
Texas Tropical Storm Imelda (DR-4466)
Updated 9/20/19: AccuWeather published an article detailing rain accumulations across Southeast Texas resulting from Tropical Depression Imelda.
Approximate locations reported as hardest hit:
-Beaumont (Jefferson County, 77701, 77702, 77703, 77704, 77705, 77706, 77707, 77708, 77709, 77710, 77713, 77720, 77725, 77726)*
-Splendora (Montgomery County, 77372)*
-Vidor (Orange County, 77662, 77670)
-Winnie (Chambers County, 77665)*
*Home flooding reported.
Updated 9/19/19: The office of Texas Governor Greg Abbot issued a state of disaster for 13 counties as a result of Tropical Depression Imelda.
Updated 9/19/19: CNN published a report offering the latest updates on the remnants of Tropical Depression Imelda as they inundate portions of southeastern Texas with excessive rain.
September 17, 2019
Source: The Weather Channel
National Weather Service Flood Watch County ZIP Codes (as of 9/18/19):
NOTE: This has not yet been declared a FEMA Major Disaster.
At a Glance
- Imelda will produce heavy rain the next few days in parts of Texas and western Louisiana
- This rainfall could trigger flooding in eastern Texas, despite initially dry soil conditions.
- Flash flood watches are posted for a part of the upper Texas coast, including Houston, and for a portion of southwestern Louisiana.
Tropical Depression Imelda will deliver rounds of heavy rain to parts eastern Texas and Louisiana the next few days, including in the Houston metro area, triggering flash flooding.
There is a high risk of excessive rainfall for the upper Texas coast Wednesday into Wednesday night, including Houston and Galveston, according to NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center. This highest threat level for heavy rain and flooding is only issued about 15 days per year in the United States (2014-2017).
Imelda is moving slowly northward through southeastern Texas with heavy rain extending to the south and east of its circulation center.
Parts of Brazoria, Galveston, Harris and Matagorda counties have picked up over 9 inches of rain from Imelda. The San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge along the coast measured 21.37 inches through 9 a.m. CDT, while more than 15 inches has been received in Freeport.
Rain was falling at the rate of up to 5 inches an hour in Matagorda County early Wednesday morning, where a flash flood warning was issued. Sargent, Texas, picked up just over 17 inches of rain in 12 hours overnight Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, leaving one county road (FM 457) impassable, according to the National Weather Service.
According to Houston Transtar, some high water was reported Wednesday morning on the south side of the Houston metro area along Interstate 45 in Friendswood, along the south Beltway 8 loop and on the southwest Interstate 610 loop.
Flash flood watches have been issued by the National Weather Service for much of the upper Texas coast, including Houston and Galveston, and for a portion of southwestern Louisiana.
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