Flash Floods Houston

Why is Houston Prone to Flooding

Houston, Texas (Prone to Large Coastal Storms and Floods)

Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) HCFCD is a special purpose district created by the Texas Legislature in 1937 in response to devastating floods that struck the region in 1929 and 1935. The District’s mission, in simple terms, is to provide flood damage reduction projects that work, with appropriate regard for community and natural values – to reduce the risk of flooding by: devising the stormwater management plan; implementing the plan; and maintaining the infrastructure. The District’s drainage and flood control infrastructure is extensive, including more than 1,500 channels totaling about 3,000 miles in length.
The District has been involved in many recovery programs including the “Tropical Storm Allison Recovery Project (TSARP),” a top-notch web site.

See fatality information from Tropical Storm Allison

The majority of flood-related deaths are caused by people attempting
to drive through moving water. This interactive segment explains the
most common ways people die in these situations.
See this Interactive Segment

Texas is prone to extremely heavy rains and flooding with half of the world record rainfall rates (48 hours or less). The Coast and Central Texas are particularly vulnerable because massive storms can stall out in these areas.

See this Interactive Segment or See the Houston area’s historic streamflow data

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