Serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Texas Houston East Mission.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Rain in Houston Area!
Today we received news that the Houston area had received several inches of rain and people were told to stay home and off the roads. We hope to hear from him later today - below is an article from CNN.
(CNN)More than a foot of rain in some places flooded low-lying areas across the Houston region on Monday, forcing officials to suspend bus and rail service, close schools and government offices and urge residents to stay home amid what officials said were extremely dangerous conditions. "This is a life-threatening emergency," the city said on an emergency website. "Houston residents should avoid travel at all costs today." Some areas had received as much as 16 inches of rain by Monday morning, according to the flood control district. The heavy rains forced seven of the city's many bayous out of their banks and created flooding in parts of the city that had not flooded for many years, Turner said. Nine hospitals in the region were closed to additional patients because of the flooding, the mayor added. Three apartment buildings had been evacuated and residents were being sheltered at a mall, he said. More than 1,000 homes had flooded in Harris County, Emmett told reporters. Portions of I-10 and numerous roads throughout the metropolitan area were closed, as were many government offices. The city's bus and rail service shut down early Monday amid "severe and ever worsening weather conditions." The storm snarled traffic at Houston's Hobby Airport, where more than 140 flights had been canceled as of mid-morning, according to the airport's Twitter account. The situation is the result of a nearly stationary area of low pressure that has stalled over the western United States, allowing moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to flow into Texas over the last few days, according to CNN meteorologist Sean Morris. Very heavy rainfall is expected to continue through Tuesday before the system begins to move off to the northeast and weaken, he said.