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Significant Houston Area Floods 2000 - present


YearDate Description
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.(9)
2000OCT 22Flooding Liberty County.(8)
2001MAR 28Flooding on Interstate 10 between Washington and Loop 610. Flooding on Milam and Travis Street.(8)(9)
2001JUN 6-9Tropical Storm Allison, widespread flooding, >35" of rain. White Oak Bayou was 2.84' above flood stage and Buffalo Bayou was 3.05' above flood stage. More than 6000 homes were flooded along Brays Bayou. (6)(1)(3)
2002AUG 15Tropical Moisture associated with upper level low dumped rainfall over Southeast Texas Coast. Galveston had 11.46" in 24 hours.(8)
2002OCT 28-NOVStrong 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. 9 straight days of rain over northeast Harris County. White Oak, Greens and Halls Bayou were out of their banks. 2000 homes are flooded. (1)(8)
2003AUG 31Flooding in Pasadena
2003NOV 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.(8)
2004MAY 1Southbound feeder of I45 flooded at West Bank and Memorial Village and Pasadena.(9)
2004MAY 13Street Flooding in and around Kingwood.(9)
2004JUN 13Street Flooding in downtown Houston and the Medical Center area.(8)
2004NOV 17Buffalo Bayou was 6.09' above flood stage.
2004NOV 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.(9)
2005MAY 29Flooding in Aldine. (9)
2005JUL 14Flooding along I10 East, Downtown Houston and U of H area. 3.31" in 1 hour at Buffalo Bayou and Shephard. (8)
2005DEC 14Strong thunderstorms streamed across west and north Houston causing 4 to 6 inches of rainfall causing street flooding. (8)
2006JUN 19Upper Level low remains over Houston causing flooding. 11" of rain fell south and east of Harris County. 3000 homes were flooded. (1)(8)
2006OCT 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. (8)
2006OCT 26-27Storms ahead of an advancing cold front trained across the Tomball and southeast regions causing flooding.(10)
2007JUNSeveral days of rain. (8)


REFERENCES
(1) http://www.hcfcd.org/hcfloodhistory.html
(2) Johnston, Marguerite, 1991: Houston The Unknown City, 1836, Texas A&M University Press
(3) http://floodsafety.com/texas/USGdemo/
(4) "US Corps of Engineers, 1935 Flood
(5) http://nwis.waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis
(6) Texas Water Commission Bulletin 6311, December 1963, Floods in Texas - Magnitude and frequency of Peak Flows
(7) http://www.houstonhistory.com
(8) Houston Chronicle
(9) http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov
(10)Department of Interior, Major Floods of 1936
(11)US Geological Survey, Water Resources Investigations 3-73, "Effects of Urbanization on Floods in the Houston, Texas, Metropolitan Area
(12) http://www.buffalobayou.org/history.html
(13) http://www.hcoem.org

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