May 13, 2019

Texas, Mississippi Hit By More Flooding

Multiple states in the south experienced flash flooding May 11

Multiple states in the south experienced flash flooding May 11

On the morning of May 11, Houston was hit by more thunderstorms and showers. The National Weather Service expected the storm events to last through midday May 11.

According to WTVA, there is now more potential for flash flooding is areas where the ground is already wet. The National Weather Service said there was a moderate risk of excessive flooding for southeastern Texas and parts of Louisiana.

In the last week, the Upper Texas Coast and the Gulf Coast of western Louisiana had received “tremendous rainfall,” according to the National Weather Service. During this period, 300% to 600% of normal rainfall was expected, reported the National Weather Service.

CNN Meteorologist Derek Van Dam said the region has seen storms moving around in the same location for hours at a time. According to WTVA, this process is known as training.

Van Dam said the Houston area will see up to 3 in. of rain on Saturday, May 18. The rain will heard toward Alabama and the southern Appalachians over the weekend and as the storm moves east, they could produce more flash flooding, according to Van Dam.

Other states also experienced flash flooding. “In Pearl County, Mississippi, a train on the Norfolk Southern line derailed Saturday morning when the tracks washed out due to flash flooding,” said Danny Manley, Pearl River County Emergency Management.

Fortunately, no one was injured and the incident did not cause any road closures. According to WTVA, the train compartments were mostly empty. Some Texas residents said the damage was similar to tornadoes that hit the area on Thursday night, according to KTRK.

According to WTVA, some residents were stranded after the roads flooded on Friday night. Some had to spend the night at nearby gas stations, as they were unable to return home.

"I would plead to everybody, if you know there's high water coming up where you are, just stop," a driver told KTRK.