Hurricane Harvey sets new record rain record for continental U.S.
Harvey marks the most extreme rain event in U.S. history. Cedar Bayou, Texas, records 51.88 inches of rain from Harvey. Houston picks up more than 50 inches of rain over the last few days.
According to Houston Police there have been over 3,500 water rescues with more expected. Emergency officials in the Texas are calling this a one thousand year flood. To make matters worse early this morning there was a levee breach adding to flooding concerns. The levee breached in Brazoria County south of Houston along the Brazos River. This breach prompted residents in the area to evacuate immediately.
As a team of Meteorologists at CBS 21 news we have been closely watching Harvey’s track and impacts the last several days. Meteorologist Steve Knight grew up here in Central Pa and has seen some severe floods, but nothing even close to the flooding in Houston.
"A very heavy rainfall is going to cause a lot more damage and a lot more runoff and flooding when your talking about a major metropolitan area,” said Knight.
"Considering that Houston it's close proximity to the gulf, it is the main water source it puts itself right in the bulls-eye of this storm to deal with major major flooding,” said Knight.
The flooding is expected to be the most costly disaster in U.S. history.