Climate change more than doubled the odds of Houston’s most recent deluge, study finds

How to Make Sandbags to Contain Flooding

Caused by severe weather, such as thunderstorms, hurricanes and tsunamis, flooding damages property, disrupts ecosystems and kills people. Smart city planning reduces the impact floods have on society, but individuals should also be prepared for such emergencies. At-risk areas include flood zones, houses near any type of water and areas that see a lot of rain or hurricanes. If you know your house or property is at risk of flooding, creating a wall of sandbags will give you peace of mind and protection from small floods…


Climate change more than doubled the odds of Houston’s most recent deluge, study finds

Angel Marshman wades through floodwaters from Tropical Depression Imelda after trying to start his flooded car on Sept. 18 in Galveston, Tex. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Lumbering Tropical Storm Imelda dumped up to 43.39 inches of rain in Southeast Texas, between Houston and Port Arthur, on Sept. 18 and 19. At least $1 billion in damage was probably incurred, along with at least five deaths from the epic deluge, which scientists estimate had a return period of once in 1,200 years.

But the flooding wasn’t a freak occurrence in this region, having followed other heavy rains in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The biggest and most damaging event was 2017′s Hurricane Harvey, which set a national rainfall record for the heaviest rain in a tropical system, at 60.58 inches.

[Flooded again: Climate change is making flooding more frequent in Southeast Texas]

A new study examines Tropical Storm Imelda which, like Harvey, lingered in one general area for days on end, and any ties between the heavy rainfall totals and long-term, human-caused climate change…

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