AUSTIN (KXAN) — Aug. 25, 2017, marked the beginning of a devastating period for parts of southeast Texas as Hurricane Harvey brought long-lasting, flooding rains to the area.
Harvey rapidly intensified over the western Gulf and made landfall in Port Aransas as a Category 4 hurricane bringing intense winds onshore.
Despite the Category 4 status, it was the rain and not the winds that caused the most problems. As the storm’s forward movement dropped to 5 mph, incredible and heavy rain bands continued to fall over the same areas again and again.
The deluge of rain caused significant and widespread flooding and rainfall totals up to 56 inches over the course of a few days.
Ninety percent of the rivers in southeast Texas reached flood stage as a result of the incredible rainfall.
The storm continued to impact parts of Texas and then Louisiana into early September, resulting in 88 deaths and more than $125 billion worth in damage.