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Environmental Allies Helps Flood Victims

- Thursday, April 28, 2016

 

While we are in the business of making sure rain events on construction sites don’t adversely affect our water supply, it’s important to remember that rain events can have a much larger impact beyond our business. In the last year, Texas has been deeply affected by severe flooding. Recently, Houston was hit particularly hard. In an effort to help those affected by flooding, we held a Flood Donation Drive. In just a couple of days, our conference room was filled with donations, including clothing for men, women, children and infants, diapers, baby blankets, bedding, flotation devices and safety gear for kids, all of which went directly to the American Red Cross. If you are interested in further helping the Red Cross with its efforts, please look here for more information: http://www.redcross.org/local/tx/houston/texas-flooding

Just how much rain have we had? Rain fall totals, lake levels and other stats.

On April 17, 2016, parts of Houston saw up to 15 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. According to the National Weather Service, Houston hasn’t seen this pattern of rainfall since the 1960s. More details and interesting infographics here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/article/How-floods-compare-7330750.php

Mansfield Dam, which creates Lake Travis in central Texas, began flood control operations for the first time since 2007. See video here:  http://www.kvue.com/news/local/lcra-opens-mansfield-dam-floodgate-monday/149875047

On October 31, 2015, areas surround Kyle and Buda, Texas saw upwards of 15 inches of rain in less than a 24-hour period.

In June of 2015, Lake Buchanan was just 52% full. As of April 28, 2016, it is 93% full. For more lake level comparisons, go here:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Central-Texas-lakes-are-filling-up-after-May-6286892.php#photo-8024620

As of April 28, 2016, Texas’ Monitored Water Supply Reservoirs are 87% full. By comparison, at this time last year, these reservoirs were 73% full. Click here for a map showing the levels of these reservoirs:  http://waterdatafortexas.org/reservoirs/statewide

2015 was the wettest year on record in Texas.  http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20151230-2015-was-texas-wettest-year-on-record.ece

For lake levels across Texas go here*: http://waterdatafortexas.org/reservoirs/statewide

*Note the number of lakes that are 100% full!