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Significant Houston Area Floods


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YearDate Description
1839FEBFive months after opening the Milam Street Bridge over Buffaloo Bayou was severely damage by a storm and flood .
1841FEBTwo day storm caused flooding that washed out two bridges on Buffalo Bayou. Building and Homes were destroyed along Buffalo and White Oak Bayou.
1843OCTDowntown Houston streets turned into raging rivers. All bridges leading into the city were underwater.
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1875JUNA hurricane made landfall in Galveston. White Oak and Buffalo Bayou were 30 feet above normal. All bridges over Buffalo Bayou were swept away except one.
1879FEBFlood stage 34.3 feet on Buffalo Bayou. Downtown Houston had 2 to 6 inches of rain in a few hours.
1902June 26-2814.22" at Nacogdoches, Texas and 8 inches of rain in southwest Houston
1902July 20-3016.90" at Temple, Texas and 8" North Houston, Texas
1903July 1-512.45" of rain at Beeville, TX - 6 to 7 inches of rain in South Houston.
1907May 28-3112.71" Sugar Land, Tx
1913Oct 1-414.79" of in Boerne, TX - 7.5 inches in south Houston
1913DECBrazos River flood spread to Harris County, Buffalo, White Oak, Brays and Greens Bayou were all out of their banks. Downtown Houston was flooded.
1914May 26-3011.92"in Beaumont, Texas - 8 inches in north Houston.
1915August 18-20Hurricane landfall in Galveston (Category 4) - 20 inches of rain over Houston causing widespread flooding
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1919Sept 14-17Hurricane landfall in South Texas (Category 4)- 7 inches of rain over Houston. Brays Bayou one of the hardest hit.
1924May 29-30Conroe 13.85". Heavy rainfall in north Houston.
1929APRStorm moved in from the Gulf causing rain for 14 hours. Much of the county had 10 inches or more. All bayous were over their banks.
1929May 24-31May 12-18 11.37", Houston City Office 8.07" on 15th, flooding May 31. Houston Central Water Plant was flooded. San Jacinto River was reported to be 30 feet above normal. May 31 White Oak Bayou is out of its banks.
1930MayStationary Storm over Harris County for 3 days causing 12.5 inches of rain over the area.
1932AUGHurricane made landfall in Freeport and caused widespread flooding on all of the bayous. Downtown Houston was flooded.
1933July 22-27E Houston had 12" of rain due to a Tropical Storm which made landfall near Freeport and moved slowly across eastern Texas.
1935December 6-920.6" in 35 hours over Westfield, TX. Bayous were 52 feet above normal.
1936May 22-2912" of rain over west Houston
1937April 1------
1937Jul 23Buffalo Bayou out of its banks
1937DEC 16Buffalo and White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1938Feb 19White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1938May 7White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1938May 16On day storm centered over Buffalo Bayou
1938May 19Buffalo Bayou out of its banks
1939Jul 13-15Buffalo and White Oak Bayou out of its bank
1940Jun 11White Oak Bayou out of its bank
1940Jun 18Buffalo Bayou out of its banks
1940Nov 24-25Hempstead had 16" in 24 hours; Conroe. 5 days of rain over northeast Houston.
1940Dec 14White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1941Jan 15White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1941Mar 20White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1941Jun 11Buffalo and White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1941SEP 17-24Hurricane makes landfall near Freeport and moves inland over Houston. Flooding through out the City.
1941Nov 1White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1942July 6-7Buffalo and White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1942Dec 28White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1943July 28-Aug 1Hurricane makes landfall near Galveston and flooded parts of Houston. Buffalo and White Oak out of their banks.
1943OCTHurriane makes landfall near Freeport. 11000 homes are flooded in Harris County.
1943Nov 2Buffalo and White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1944Jan 2White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1944Jan 14White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1944Mar 16White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1944Mar 19White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1944May 23White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1944May29White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1945Aug 27-30Anahuac had 15.87" in 24 hours, Hobby had 15.65" in 24 hours- Hurricane made landfall near Port Aransas. Buffalo Bayou out of its banks
1946May 21Buffalo Bayou out of its banks
1946Nov 7Buffalo Bayou out of its banks
1947Dec 17Buffalo Bayou out of its banks
1949OCT 8Thunderstorm caused flooding over Brays and Greens Bayou. 10" of rain fell in 24 hours. Over 100 homes were flooded.
1950FEBThunderstorms ahead of a cold front caused rainfall over Greens Bayou. Baytown Flooded.
1951Mar 27-28Buffalo and White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1952Feb 2White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1952Apr 14Buffalo Bayou out of its banks
1952Dec 4White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1953May 4White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1953May 15White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1953May 18Buffalo and White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1953Aug 30White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1953Nov 18White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1954July 30-Aug 2Buffalo and White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1955Feb 6-8Buffalo and White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1955MAYThunderstorm over north Harris County caused 10 inches of rain in less than 24 hours flooding homes.
1956Jan 6White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1956Jan 23Buffalo Bayou out of its banks
1956Jan 26White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1956July 10White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1957Mar 17-18White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1957Apr 28White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1957JUNHurricane Audrey made landfall close t the Texas/Louisiana border. Flooding reported throughout Harris County.
1957Sep 25White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1957October 15-182" of rain in 2 hours. Buffalo and White Oak and Greens Bayou out of its banks.
1957Nov 22White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1958Jan 20White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1958Jun 19White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1959Feb 2White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1959Feb 16White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1959Apr 10-12Buffalo and White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1959May 23White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1959Jul 25White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1959Aug 26White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1959Sep 22White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1959OCTThunderstorms caused flooding of 100 homes along the Brays Bayou and Kegans Bayou. 7" of rain was reported.
1959Oct 13White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1959Oct 31- Nov 1White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1959DEC 15White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1959DEC 31White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1960Feb 3White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1960Feb 21White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1960June 24-28Tropical Low 5-15" of rain. Cypress and Spring Creeks and San Jacinto River and Sims Bayou were out of their banks. White Oak out of its banks.
1960Jul 20White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1960Oct 5White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1960Oct 19White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1960Oct 29White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1960Nov 18White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1960Dec 6White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1961Jan 7White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1961Feb 5White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1961Feb 17-18Buffalo and White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1961Feb 21White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1961Jun 19White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1961Jun 25White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1961Jul 12White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1961SEP 11-12Hurricane Carla caused heavy flooding in southern Harris County. Rainfall amounts of 8 to 10 inches.
1964MAYThunderstorms caused 5" of rain in 4 hours causing 235 homes to flood along the Greens and Hall Bayous
1966APRThunderstorms caused 5" of rain over Greens Bayouu and Cypress Creek. Several homes were flooded.
1966MAYThunderstorms caused flooding over the Vince and Sims Bayous. 6 inches of rain fell in 24 hours.
1968June 15-25Ten days of rain
1969FEBThunderstorms ahead of a cold front flooded 200 homes and businesses in south and southeast Harris County
1972March 207.47" rain IAH, 7.01" in 3 hours; Independent Heights 7.65" Halls Bayou 9.5" Thunderstorms ahead of a cold front.
1973June 12-13SE Texas 10-15" of rain; 10 drowned in Alvin, 16.01; Coldspring 16.71"
1975Jun 9-10Deer Park 15.65"; Hobby 7.15"; Westbury 10.34". Thunderstorms over southern Harris County.
1976June 15Texas Medical Center Flood 10.47"; 8 drowned; Westbury 10.12". Hunting Bayou at Loop 610. 10.2" of rain in 6 hours.
1979April 18Conroe 12-14" of rain, 3 deaths.
1979July 24-25Tropical Storm Claudette - 43" of rain in Alvin in 24 hours
1979Sep 1Tropical Storm Elena, flooding downtown, 1 death
1979Sep 1913" of rain Brazioria County, 4 deaths. Three days of rain totals of 8 to 27"
1980Jan 223" of rain in a short period caused flooding
1981May 310" of rain, 1 death
1981Jun 5Tropical Depression, 12" of rain, 1 death
1981Aug 31Remnants of tropical depression, 2" to 10"
1982May 14White Oak Bayou out of its banks
1983May 21Montgomery County flooded
1983August 17-18Hurricane Alicia. Flooding along all the bayous.
1983September 19-20Heavy rains 4 people killed. 9" of rain from thunderstorms south of downtown Houston. 1000 homes flooded
1984September 18-22Low pressure system caused flooding
1984October 25-269" of rain in one day in northern Harris County. 200 homes flooded
1985Nov 115.5" of rain fell in southeast Houston
1985Nov 24-2511" of rain SW Montgomery County
1987June 11-1210.4" of rain fell over eastern Harris County, 1 death
1987Nov 25Heavy rains, 4"
1989Jan 18Thunderstorm flooded streets and stores
1989MAY 16-1910.28" of rainf at IAH. 15" of rain in Sring, Texas in 24 hours. 1400 homes flooded
1989June 25-July 7The remnants of TS Allison produced heavy rain. 1100 homes floodedd 6-12 inches of rain
1991Jan 10Liberty River overflowed
1991December 19-31Fort Bend County Homes Flooded
1992March 4-5I-10 Flooded, 1 drowned. 1500 homes flooded. Much of I-10 was underwater.
1993Mar 1-2Halls Bayou near Jensen over its banks and bankfull conditions on Greens Bayou. One home flooded along Greens Bayoul; 2"-3" rain, 4"-5" in some scattered locations
1993Mar 235"-7" across the northern portion of Houston. Flooding at underpass of Holman and Lousiana.
1993October6" of rain fell over southern Houston
1994Feb 20Heavy rain, 6.1" on the Waller/Ft. Bend County Line. 6" in Katy
1994Aug 15Flooded cars on West Sam Houston Tollway
1994October 17-1819 deaths
1995Jun 303"-6" of rain fell causing street flooding
1995Nov 2street flooding Clear Lake
1995Dec 17-18Widespread flooding on the 17th. Flooding on 290 on the 18th.
1996Sep 18Widespread street flooding in downtown Houston and Pasadena. Water made its way into homes and businesses in Pasadena.
1996Sep 27Street flooding NE Houston
1997Jan 27Widespread street flooding
1997Mar 12Training rains caused significant flooding in Houston. Many bayous over banks for much of the day. I-10 was closed due to high water.
1997April 4Street flooding in Houston
1997April 255"-7" of rain caused street, bayou and creek flooding
1997Mar 12Early morning flooding. Heavy rains stalled over Houston
1997May 21Street flooding in west Houston 6"-8" of rain. Elderly man drowned as he drove into a flooded underpass.
1997May 24Severe flooding in Houston; 50-75 homes flooded. Creeks and Bayous out of their banks.
1997May 303"-5" of rain; 6 homes flooded in northern Harris County
1997November 28High water on feeder at I-45 and Nasa Road 1
1997December 20Street flooding in Humble and SW Houston
1998Jan 4Red Bluff in Pasadena flooded; also roads near Almeda Mall.
1998Jan 6Street flooding in Bellaire.
1998Jan 21Street flooding across Harris County; flooding in Pasadena
1998Sep 11Tropical Storm Frances 7"-12" of rain over Houston. Homes in Jersey Village were flooded.
1998Sep 14High water on Desse Rd, and Main St.
1998Oct 4Heavy rains stalled over Harris County and northern Galveston County. Feeder Roads flooded on I-45 in southern Harris County
1998October 17-19Pacific/Gulf moisture caused flooding in northern Harris County and Montgomery County. Spring and Cypress Creeks flooded. 1200 Homes were flooded in Harris County. 12 to 14 inches of rain.
1998Nov 12 - 13Numerous roads closed due to flooding. Heavy rainfall over southeast Texas 5" to 7" inches of rain fell. 200 Homes flooded along Cypress and Spring Creek
1999Mar 19Heavy rains over west Houston
2000May 19Major Flooding on Greens Road, Aldine Westfield; 1 foot of water in the approach control tower; 4 Feet of standing water on streets in Kingwood. Flooding in Bellaire, Alief. US 59, Loop 610 US 90 flooded. Beltway 8 and I-10 impassable. 6.5" of rain near Bellaire and Beltway 8.
2000Sep 13Foot of standing water in League City stalled cars - 7" of rainfall
2000Oct 22Flooding Liberty County
2001March 28Flooding on Interstate 10 between Washington and Loop 610. Flooding on Milam and Travis Street
2001June 6-9Tropical Storm Allison, widespread flooding, >35" of rain
2002August 15Tropical Moisture associated with upper level low dumped rainfall over Southeast Texas Coast. Galveston had 11.46" in 24 hours.
2002October 28Strong thunderstorms streamed across west and north Houston dumping 5 to 8 inches of rain in a short time. Flooded homes in Jersey Village and many roads.
2003August 31Flooding in Pasadena
2003November 16-17Flooding in Aldine. 24 tornadoes touched down during 15 hour period of severe weather in suotheastern Texas on November 17th. 300 homes were flooded in Harris county and hundreds of vechiles were flooded. 1 death of 17 year girl in Sharpstown.
2004May 1Southbound feeder of I45 flooded at West Bank and Memorial Village and Pasadena.
2004May 13Street Flooding in and around Kingwood.
2004June 13Street Flooding in downtown Houston and the Medical Center area.
2004November 22-23Flooding between I45 northebound feeder and FM 1960. Clay road covered with a foot and a half of water. Water covered road at I10 feeder and Hwy 6.
2005May 29Flooding in Aldine
2005July 14Flooding along I10 East, Downtown Houston and U of H area. 3.31" in 1 hour at Buffalo Bayou and Shephard.
2005Decemcber 14Strong thunderstorms streamed across west and north Houston causing 4 to 6 inches of rainfall causing street flooding.
2006June 19Upper Level low remains over Houston causing flooding.
2006October 16Tropical low and upper level disturbance combined with a warm front which caused training rains that moved over Houston on Sunday and Monday. Several bayous were close to bankfull or over the banks causing street flooding.
2006October 26 27Storms ahead of an advancing cold front trained across the Tomball and southeast regions causing flooding.
2007JuneSeveral days of rain



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