Travel News September 20, 2019
These 10 Photos Show Just How Bad The Imelda Flooding In Texas Is Right Now
Just over two years after
Hurricane Harvey devastated Southeast Texas, an eerily similar scene unfolded this week with the arrival of Tropical Storm Imelda. Over 40 inches of rain fell in some areas, causing many to lose everything they own. Here are 10 photos of the staggering damage:
Many roads across Southeast Texas, particularly in low-lying and unincorporated areas, were entirely impassable due to the floodwaters. Vehicles were stranded, forcing some drivers to sit atop the roof and wait for rescuers.
Scenes such as this are eerily reminiscent of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Communities were totally unrecognizable just as they appeared two years ago.
In some places, water levels climbed high enough to nearly reach traffic lights. Freeway underpasses were completely flooded.
Small communities such as Roman Forest, located north of Houston, were absolutely devastated. They became islands accessible only by boat.
People waded through floodwaters in search of help. Many also served as saviors for those caught in the storm.
Thousands of water rescues have been performed, with more still underway as rivers and bayous crest at levels comparable to Harvey. Homeowners and drivers are pulled to safety by not only law enforcement, but also brave community members with boats and big hearts.
Even high-clearance trucks were not tall enough to safely drive on certain roads. Only special vehicles from the Cajun Navy and National Guard could make it through.
Residents had no choice but to watch the water inch farther up outside their homes. For some, gazing out the window was met with water levels that made assessing the surroundings impossible.
Floodwaters seeped into garages and only continued rising. Sadly, it didn't stop there for many unfortunate folks.
Entire homes were inundated with feet of water, and residents had to pile all their belongings on beds and shelves. Many of these people also lost everything only two years during Hurricane Harvey, some having just recently moved back into their homes.
What are your thoughts on this tragic natural disaster? Let us know how you feel after seeing the devastation.