But we must also be grateful for the abundance of rain that fills ranch tanks and the lakes that provide our water supplies. These rains are even replenishing underground aquifers, storing water for the long haul.
"Flooding from large storms has affected Texas throughout its history...and destructive floods occur somewhere in the State every year. Many of these floods are destructive because they often occur in areas where extreme flooding had not occurred for many years. These floods often are perceived as unexpected or even unprecedented because their peak water-surface elevations (stages) can greatly exceed those of past floods."More facts from the same source as of 2002:
- *Texas has had 256 major floods (41 catastrophic) from 1853 thru 2002.
- *From 1986 to 2000, Texas experienced 4,722 flash flood events.
- *" Central Texas has been identified as the most flash-flood prone area in the United States by the National Weather Service."
- *"Texas holds 6 of 12 world record rainfall rates in 24 hours or less - source United States Geological Survey (USGS)."
- *"Texas leads the nation in flood-related deaths most every year -- averaging twice the next nearest state: California."