For the second year in a row, spring in 2016 brought heavy rains and significant flooding to Texas. (For information on events in spring 2015, please see the Water Central News Grouper post, Louisiana/Oklahoma/Texas Severe Weather and Flooding, May-June 2015, posted in late May 2015.) The Lone Star State went through one bout of flooding mid-April, and as of June 6, over $81 million in federal aid had been provided to individuals and businesses affected by that event. Late May and early June brought more rain and flooding in southern and central Texas, with one of its tragic impact the deaths of nine soldiers at Fort Hood whose vehicle became trapped in a suddenly risen stream on June 2.
Following are several government and news media sources of information about the situation this year in Texas.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Disaster Declarations Web page, “Texas Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4269),” online at https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4269.
Governor Abbott Takes Aerial Tour, Receives Briefing And Holds Press Conference On Texas’ Response To Ongoing Severe Weather, Texas Governor’s Office News Release, 6/3/16.
National Weather Service/Storm Prediction Center, daily storm reports, online at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/online/.
News Media Sources
Dallas Morning News, ongoing coverage at http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/category/flooding-2/.
Houston Chronicle, ongoing coverage at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-weather/.
PBS NewsHour, Floods hit historic levels in Texas, and more rain is on the way, 6/5/16 (6 min./45 sec), online at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/floods-hit-historic-levels-in-texas-and-more-rain-is-on-the-way/.
The Weather Channel, The Major Flash Floods That Have Hit Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas Since March 2015, 5/27/16.