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I know that here in Lavaca county, dad said he recovered 3-1/2 inches from his rain gauge. Not near what Victoria county got; it seems just the perfect amount to quench our land and hold us until another rainfall. As long as we don't go back to the drought conditions of last summer, that's all I ask...
Not to belittle the situation in Victoria at all, but you wanna talk flooding??? Our backyard in Houston was literally a bayou. And it wasn't bordered by concrete walls back then, as most are now. It was a natural one that would rise like crazy with the least amount of rainfall, since all of Houston was literally built on swampland anyway. Our home was flooded many a time, with water moccasins swimming around like they owned the place. We would literally have to use our boat that we normally used for pleasure on Lake Houston just to get around the neighborhood (or get the heck out of Dodge...).
My maternal grandmother and grandfather lived in a very low-lying area in Goodrich called "Hoot Owl Hollow", and yes, it was pretty much as backwoods as it sounds. On one side of the area was the Trinity River, and the other, Lake Livingston. I remember them having to rebuild BY HAND, along with other neighbors, the only bridge that led to their little neck of the woods after it would get washed out when the Trinity would overflow its banks and every single gate on the dam would be wide open, spewing out an unbelievable number of gallons of water per second. That bridge was rebuilt not once, not twice, but three times that I remember. And still they lived there, because it was home. Many of grandmother's vintage comics, among other irreplaceable items, were ruined in flooding. Deep East Texas shows absolutely no mercy when it comes to the weather.
She is now sitting high and dry with us here in Lavaca county, and I am glad she won't ever have to worry about flooding again. This land sits high, and, thank goodness, we have NEVER flooded. I wouldn't wish what we have been through in Houston and East Texas on ANYBODY. My prayers are with those who have been affected in Victoria.
We signed up to get them, at least I believe this is why we got the call. At the City of Victoria website, there is a link to sign up for emergency notification.
What was the total rainfall from the storm? It was more than 4.4 inches.
And I talked to several people, and none of us got the reverse 911 call. Was it just to flood prone areas?