Massive Flooding in Southeast Texas

Heavy rains have caused widespread, massive flooding in southeastern Texas this week that has claimed the lives of at least seven people and left scores of homes flooded. Emergency crews worked around the clock to perform over 1200 high water rescues in the Houston area as some residents were forced to swim out of their homes. Over 123,000 homes were left without power in the Houston area Monday although crews had restored power to most by Tuesday afternoon.

As of Wednesday morning, there were scores of evacuations ongoing in Houston as local creeks continue to rise. A Coast Guard rescue crew recovered the body of an unidentified person Tuesday along the San Jacinto River. That person was reported missing after a boat capsized near I-10 in Harris County. Four other people on board that boat were rescued from the water at about 8pm. Meanwhile, officials were inspecting the integrity of two dams on the west side of Houston that they consider “extremely high risk”. If these dams break, the flood damage could exceed $60 billion and most likely claim many lives.

The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency for nine counties in his state due to the massive flooding. Rain was coming down at a rate of four inches per hour Monday which flooded numerous creeks at rapid rates to leave many residents trapped inside their homes and vehicles. In northwest Houston, rainfall totals of 10 to 20 inches were recorded as hundreds of emergency calls were made by local residents who needed help getting out of their homes.

This is the worst flooding Houston has seen since Tropical Storm Allison in 2001. Hundreds of residents stayed in 13 emergency shelters Monday night that had been opened by the American Red Cross in Harris and other southeastern Texas counties. At least four of the Houston-area school districts canceled classes for the week due to flooding concerns and power outages. The bad news is that the NWS says that it will take until Friday before enough dry air comes in from the northwest to end the rounds of heavy rain falling over southeastern Texas.

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Basement Flooding Cleanup

    How do you clean up a flooded basement?

    If the basement is only partially flooded, you may be able to pump the water out using a sump pump. If the basement is completely flooded, you will need to remove the water using a wet/dry vacuum or a submersible pump. Once the water has been removed, you will need to clean and disinfect the area to prevent mold and mildew from growing.

    How do you clean an unfinished basement after a flood?

    If your basement has been flooded, you will need to clean it as soon as possible to prevent mold and mildew from growing. Start by removing any wet items from the basement and throwing them away. Next, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any water from the floor. Finally, use a disinfectant to clean the entire area.

    How do you disinfect after a flood?

    To disinfect after a flood, you should clean all surfaces with hot water and soap. You should also disinfect all surfaces with a bleach solution.

    What to spray in the basement after flooding to remove odors and prevent mold growth?

    Mold and mildew can start growing within 24 to 48 hours after flooding. To prevent mold growth, spray a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water throughout the basement.

    Do you need to run dehumidifier after a flood?

    After a flood, it is necessary to run a dehumidifier to help remove moisture from the air and prevent the growth of mold.

    Will a dehumidifier remove flood waters from flooring?

    A dehumidifier will only remove flood waters from flooring if the dehumidifier is powerful enough.