Hurricane Harvey, which ultimately became a tropical storm when it impacted East Texas, put us in the record books when it came to rainfall last month.
For the month of August, the Angelina County Airport, which is our station of record for Deep East Texas, recorded 14.13” of rain, which makes it the wettest August on record, smashing the previous record of 11.29”, which was set all the way back in August of 1915.
Furthermore, Harvey also put us over the top in making this 2017 summer season the rainiest summer on record, recording 22.61” from June 1st through August 31st.
Keep in mind that our summer records are defined by the three month period that spans June through August.
I have attached an image that shows just how much rain we received from Harvey during the five day period that spanned from August 26th through August 30th.
Notice how most of the heavy rain was concentrated south of the Highway 7 corridor. If you reside north of Highway 7, you received just a few inches of rain, while south of there, many areas averaged around a foot during those five days Harvey was present.
We even had a few areas near Livingston, Woodville, Broaddus, and Newton receive up to two feet of rain, which led to significant flooding in those areas.
Even though the street flooding has diminished, please beware that local rivers and creeks look to remain above flood stage for another week before the water slowly recedes in those areas located in the flood plain.
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