Rainfall in 1 Texas spot sets new continental U.S. record

HOUSTON — Cedar Bayou, Texas, has recorded 51.88 inches of rain from Harvey, marking a new continental U.S. record, the National Weather Service said.

The area, near Mount Belvieu, Texas, reached the record around 3:30 p.m. CDT and is a record for both Texas and the continental United States. It doesn’t, however, pass the 52 inches from tropical cyclone Hiki in Kauai, Hawaii, in 1950 (before Hawaii became a state).

Meanwhile, an official said that a levee protecting a subdivision of homes in a county south of Houston has been fortified after being breached but warns the threat is far from over.

Brazoria County spokeswoman Sharon Trower said Tuesday afternoon that the levee had been fortified. Earlier in the day the county had posted on Twitter: “NOTICE: The levee at Columbia Lakes has been breached!! GET OUT NOW!!”

She says that some water did get through but it wasn’t substantial. She warns that authorities don’t know how long the fortification will hold. She also notes the breach happened due to rainwater but that the nearby Brazos River continues to spill out of its banks.

Trower says that the mandatory evacuation ordered Sunday morning still stands and notes that most of the residents in the area have left.

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Source: CBS News – United States

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