One weather observer in Brenham said that things were going okay up until around 2 p.m., and then “all HELL broke loose! I’ve never seen it rain so hard for so long,” the observer wrote in the report.
Rivers and creeks have flooded well beyond their banks. Two people have died, and one remains missing — 21-year-old Darren Mitchell. His last update on Facebook was a photo of his car submerged in flood water. Authorities later found his truck overturned in water, but Mitchell was not inside, KHOU reports.
In the neighboring city of Chappell Hill, cattle were up to their nostrils as they tried to find footing in the flood.
Dozens of high-water rescues were performed Thursday night, according to KHOU, and about 50 children had to be sheltered overnight because the buses couldn’t get them home after school. More than 30 roads were still blocked in Brenham as of Friday morning.
Satellite imagery shows how the rain parked over the area near Houston. Thunderstorms continued to redevelop in this region for 24 hours, from Thursday morning into Friday morning.
Russ Schumacher, a professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University, pointed out that this area of Texas was hit hard by torrential rain and flooding just a little over a month ago on April 18. And, of course, last May was an incredibly rainy month for the state, the vast majority of which received anywhere from three to six times as much rainfall as it does in a typical May.