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Flooding submerges Southeast Texas

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As the saying goes, "when it rains, it pours." For residents of Southeast Texas, the rain came down so hard and so quickly this morning that is was only a matter of moments before roadways and underpasses were covered in water.  The flooding occurred in a flash!

In just one hour from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., the Jack Brooks Regional Airport recorded 3.08 inches of rain. 

During a three hour span from 6:53 a.m. to 9:53 a.m., storms dumped a total of 5.63 inches of rain.  That is equivalent to 1.88 inches of rainfall per hour.  That also makes this a 1 in 30 year event here in Southeast Texas. 

The total accumulation of 6.18 inches shatters the prior daily record for July 18 of 2.73 inches set in 1997, however that is still less than half the total recorded on May 19, 1923 when 12.76 inches of rain fell.  That remains the daily rainfall record at the Jack Brooks observation site (currently known as the Jack Brooks Regional Airport).


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