Report Title: Major and Catastrophic Storms and Floods in Texas     
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Central Texas
July 13 to 18, 1900
Heavy rainfall in the Guadalupe River Basin caused about a 75-year flood peak near Comfort, Texas.
Deaths and Damage:   Unknown
Max. Precipitation:   15.85 in. (Galveston Co.)
13.28 in. (Kerr Co.)
Severity:   Major Storm
Storm Center(s):   Galveston Co., Galveston
Kerr Co., Kerrville
References:   U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, unpub. data



South Texas
July 21 to 24, 1909
The storm was centered in Kerrville in Kerr County where 9.09 in. was recorded. The city of Hallettsville in Lavaca County received 8.5 in.
Deaths and Damage:   Unknown
Max. Precipitation:   9.09 in. (Kerr Co.)
8.50 in. (Lavaca Co.)
Severity:   Major Storm
Storm Center(s):   Kerr Co., Kerrville
Lavaca Co., Hallettsville
References:   U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, unpub. data

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Central Texas
June 30 to July 2, 1932
Heavy rain June 30-July 3 on parts of the Nueces and Guadalupe River Basins produced historically significant peak discharges at several streamflow-gaging stations. Very heavy rain fell on the upper Guadalupe River Basin west of Kerrville June 30-July 2. This rain amounted to more than 35 in. during about 36 hours at the State Fish Hatchery above Ingram. Heavy rainfall also was recorded in the Frio and Medina River Basins. Rainfall of 14 in. was measured at Bandera, Lima, and Medina in the Medina River Basin. Vanderpool, at the headwaters of the Medina River, measured 33.5 in. July 1-2. The floods in the Frio River were the highest known at that time. The heaviest rainfall on the Frio River Basin was at Rio Frio in Real County, where 24 in. was recorded July 1-2. read more...
Deaths and Damage:   Flash floods were responsible for seven deaths, and property losses exceeded $0.5 million.
Max. Precipitation:   35.00 in.
Severity:   Catastrophic
Storm Center(s):   Kerr Co., State Fish Hatchery
References:   Asquith and Slade, 1995; Dalrymple and others, 1937, p. 119-123; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, unpub. data

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Hill Country
July 16 to 17, 1987
During the evening July 16 and early morning July 17, storms produced flash floods across seven counties north and northwest of San Antonio. Heavy rains in Kerrville began at 4:00 a.m., and by dawn 3.3 in. had fallen. As much as 11.50 in. of rain fell at Hunt, with 5-10 in. on surrounding areas. read more...
Deaths and Damage:   Flooding caused tragic loss of life when a church bus filled with 39 teenagers and 4 adults was swept into a raging river. Ten persons drowned and the remaining 33 were rescued by helicopter.
Max. Precipitation:   11.50 in.
Severity:   Catastrophic
Storm Center(s):   Kerr Co., Hunt
References:   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1987, p. 14-16

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Central Texas See
June 30-July 7, 2002

On June 30, 2002, a low-pressure system migrating westward from Florida combined with a flow of deep tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and moved over southern Texas. The system hit a wall of high pressure and stalled over the central and south-central parts of the State. For 8 days, the storm system continued to draw moisture from the Gulf, which triggered several massive storms throughout much of the area. As much as 35 in. of rain fell during the event, with heaviest depths occurring in the Texas Hill Country northwest of San Antonio. Flooding affected about 80 counties in Texas.

Heavy rain also fell in parts of West Texas, including Abilene, where 12-14 in. of rain in the pre-dawn hours of July 6 caused flooding that required numerous evacuations. Heavy rains also caused Lake Brownwood to overflow, causing evacuations and flooding in parts of Brownwood.

The floods caused 12 deaths and damage to about 48,000 homes. Nearly 250 flood rescue calls were reported, more than 130 roads were closed, and thousands of homes and businesses lost electrical power and telephone service. Twenty-four counties were identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as Federal Declared Disaster areas—14 counties were eligible for individual assistance and 10 counties for individual and public assistance. Emergency management representatives had not yet assessed the total cost of damages.

The storms produced large volumes of runoff and as many as four flood peaks at each of many streamflow-gaging stations in the Brazos, Colorado, and Guadalupe River Basins. Record flood stages occurred at sites on the Medina River, San Antonio River, Sabinal River, and Nueces River. For the first time since it filled in 1968, Canyon Lake (northeast of San Antonio) poured over its spillway, adding to the flooding in the Guadalupe River. Emergency managers also were concerned about the 90-year-old dam at Medina Lake (west of San Antonio). Medina Lake topped its spillway and rose to within 18 in. of the top of the dam. Areas downstream from the dam were evacuated as a precaution because of the fear of dam failure.

Deaths and Damage:   Twelve deaths occurred during the flooding and damage was estimated to be about $1 billion.
Max. Precipitation:   35.00 in.
Severity:   Major Storm
Storm Center(s):   Kerr Co.
Kendall Co.
Taylor Co., Abilene