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Harvey makes historic rainfall dump across Texas
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By Dr. Sharon Schuetz

Trinity County is included in the flash flood watches across Texas, and will continue to receive unprecedented amounts of rain over the next few days. Harvey has flooded Houston, sending people to their roof tops or stranding them upstairs hoping for rescue. So far, over 28 inches of rain has fallen in the metro area as the storm slowly moves north across southern Texas destroying homes and businesses, stranding people, and killing 5. The National Weather Service warned Sunday that the city and its suburbs could receive as much as 50 inches of rain from Harvey. Eric Fisher, Chief meteorologist at WBZ-TV in Boston commented, "it's fair to say it will produce more rain than we have ever seen before in the U.S. from a tropical system and over the fourth-largest city in the country," he continues, "Looking at those two factors, it will likely be an unprecedented flooding disaster affecting a massive number of people. It's hard, if not impossible, to compare this to any other storm. It may stand alone when all is said and done in terms of rainfall." As of Sunday night, an estimated 9 trillion gallons of water have fallen on Houston and surrounding areas. They expect another 5-10 trillion gallons poured on the already saturated ground before Harvey moves on. Nine trillion gallons of water would be enough to fill the Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake City two times. If the Mississippi River drained into Houston, it would take it nine days to pour this much water into the city. Nine trillion gallons of water would be enough water to fill 14.2 million Empire State Buildings, from the basement to the penthouse. While most of New Orleans's flooding during Katrina was about 10-20 feet, if you spread the amount of rainfall we have received in Texas across New Orleans, it would reach 128 feet in height, or about the equivalent of a 12-story office building. We haven't seen the worst of the flooding yet. Rain is in the forecast for most of next week. Trinity residents are collecting supplies of food, blankets, clothing, toothpaste, toiletry items, and the miscellaneous items that evacuees will need when high rising water forces people out of their homes. Some are offering a place to stay and supplies to help those who are flooded out. Watch for information on the Trinity Standard Facebook page or the What's Happening in Trinity County group, where you can donate to help your neighbor or where you can call if you need help.


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