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Texas Residents Should Prepare For A Rainy Thanksgiving

Matt Lillywhite

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Some cities in Texas (such as Houston) will get a lot of rain this week, according to the National Weather Service. So if you haven't already, grab your umbrella and keep it nearby in case you have to walk through heavy rain.

Here are some official precipitation forecasts from the National Weather Service:

Wednesday to Friday total precipitation forecastNWS

Saturday to Monday total precipitation forecastNWS

The temperature in southeastern Texas is expected to be fairly pleasant during Thanksgiving. But as you can see from the images above, Houston and Galveston are expected to receive a lot of rain over the next few days.

According to NOAA, "Densely populated areas are at a high risk for flash floods. The construction of buildings, highways, driveways, and parking lots increases runoff by reducing the amount of rain absorbed by the ground. This runoff increases the flash flood potential."

If you encounter flooded roads, turn around instead of driving through to avoid drowning or getting stranded. According to the National Weather Service, "Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV's) and pick-ups."

Floodwater and standing water can be dangerous. According to the CDC, floodwater can contain:

  • Downed power lines
  • Human and livestock waste
  • Household, medical, and industrial hazardous waste (chemical, biological, and radiological)
  • Coal ash waste that can contain carcinogenic compounds such as arsenic, chromium, and mercury
  • Other contaminants that can lead to illness
  • Physical objects such as lumber, vehicles, and debris
  • Wild or stray animals such as rodents and snakes

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