Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms has resulted in flash flooding across southeast Texas, with forecasters warning further downpours are coming.
The National Weather Center issued a flash flood warning across the Coastal Bend and Victoria Crossroads on Thursday morning for the rest of the day, with numerous showers, heavy rain and thunderstorms expected to hit the area.
Some parts of southern Texas could also see as much as eight inches of rainfall on Friday, with minor coastal flooding possible in response to effects from Tropical Storm Elsa, which is currently making its way up towards the northeastern coast.
The City of Rockport is telling motorists to keep off the roads amid the heavy rainfall in the area. The City warned that all streets have water issues, with some now impassable because of the flooding.
More than a dozen streets in Rockport have been listed as impassable. Several neighborhood retention ponds are also overflowing into low-lying areas, including the Country Club, Captains Bayam and Woody Acres.
The National Weather Service is predicting an additional 6-8 inches of rain to fall In Rockport, prompting flash flood warnings.
Images and videos have been shared on social media showing the devastation caused in Rockport and other areas of Texas.
One video filmed in Salt Creek on Wednesday near the towns of Tivoli and Refugio shows water rising so much it nearly engulfs a local bridge.
Flooding issues along our Texas coast. This was early this afternoon in North Padre Island.
— Chris Suchan (@ChrisSuchanWOAI) July 7, 2021
The South Texas Coast is in for another round of heavy, flooding rains today as a no-name quasi-tropical low sits in South Texas. Radar indications that in the last two days, some have seen well over a foot of rainfall. Photos courtesy of KSAT Viewer Rick Lyssy pic.twitter.com/ntYENmUb36
— Sarah Spivey (@KSATSarahSpivey) July 8, 2021
In Corpus Christi, the Flash Flood Watch has been extended through Friday. Another three inches of rainfall is predicted in some inland areas while locations near the coast could see as much as six inches.
“If you encounter a flooded road, remember, turn around, don’t drown!,” the NWS Corpus Christi account tweeted.
The National Weather Service said that an “abundance of tropical moisture” partly due to Elsa and very little upper-level steering flow has produced the significant rainfall throughout parts of south Texas
“As much as 5 inches, isolated higher, of additional rainfall is possible across this region, with a Moderate Risk of Excessive Rainfall continuing along the middle and lower Texas Coast,” an NWS forecast said.
“Some areas have already received 8+ inches of rain over the last few days, which has severely compromised soils and low-lying areas prone to flooding. Widespread flash flooding is likely, with life-threatening situations possible. Rain chances are expected to continue through at least Friday as well.”
In a statement on Wednesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state was prepared to deal with the extreme weather affecting south Texas and the Coastal Bend, and sanctioned a number of state resources to help deal with the fallout.
“The severe storms hitting our South Texas and Coastal Bend communities pose a serious threat of flash flooding and river flooding, and I urge Texans in these areas to heed the guidance of local officials and take precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Abbott.
“The State of Texas has placed several resources on standby to support the local response to this weather, and we are ready to provide additional support as needed to keep Texans safe.”
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