Posted by Matt Lanza at 1:44 PM
Starting close to home and working outward this afternoon: Heavy rain to the tune of 6-10″ or more along the immediate coast has caused flooding from Freeport through Galveston to High Island. As of early afternoon, High Island had seen over 11 inches of rain, Jamaica Beach had seen north of ten inches, and Galveston was nearing seven inches so far. This has created waterlogged scenes in Galveston today.
UPDATE: Here’s another look at downtown Galveston – streets around here are flooded, and with the rain not letting up anytime soon it’s only getting higher. Still only knee high at least on me – I’m 5’3. #khou11 #Htownrush #Galveston #houwx pic.twitter.com/cvWY1WaBUP
— Michelle Choi (@MichelleKHOU) September 3, 2018
Business owner working to unclog his drain. Says he’s trying to save the storefront. pic.twitter.com/3RAUOKzfLG
— Josh Marshall (@JoshKHOU) September 3, 2018
MEGA TRAFFIC JAM trying to get off the island. Heads up to anyone who needs to leave #Galveston right now. I literally **got out** our our #abc13 SUV, walked along side it, to shoot this video… #snailspace #labordayflood pic.twitter.com/f2K7Q3dmTp
— Courtney Fischer (@CourtneyABC13) September 3, 2018
So what’s to come?
Radar as of 1:30 PM today shows heavy rain gradually diminishing in intensity along the coast and inland.
Expect rain to generally wind down here, though some isolated heavier downpours or thunderstorms will be possible into late afternoon. But those would be the exception rather than the rule. Continued residual street flooding is likely to continue in Galveston and generally along the coast.
Another round of rain is possible, especially south and east of Houston, so the flooding threat, while perhaps not as great as today, will not quite trend to zero. There’s still a bit of uncertainty in how much rain falls and exactly where, but in general, another inch or two seems possible along the coast, with lesser amounts inland from tonight through tomorrow afternoon.
Things do look to quiet down around here for the middle of the week, though rain chances don’t quite get to zero. More on that tomorrow.