Flash Flood Alley Segements

Recent Texas Storms

(See 255 Historic Texas Storms and Floods)

Major Floods in Recent Years:
Our documentary section focuses on major floods in recent years. These storms all have unique characteristics and involve a significant loss of life and property. An important point is that each storm could have occurred anywhere in the state.


Tropical Storm Allison
Location Central Texas South-Central Texas Southeast Texas
Central Texas South-Central Texas
Max. Precipitation 15.5 inches 30.00 inches 36.00 inches 14.00 inches 35.00 inches
Deaths:  10 32 22 10 12
Damage:  (approx) 43 Million 1.5 Billion 5 Billion 11.4 Million 1 Billion

Flood Water Collage

1991 Central Texas
This storm highlighted the Lower Colorado River Authority's management of the Highland Lakes.

1995 Dallas
With both major hail damage and flash flooding, this storm was billed by the National Weather Service as “the costliest thunderstorm in history.”

1998 South Central Texas / Lower Guadalupe Basin
The storm was a colossal event, it dropped an tremendous amount of rainfall over 5,000 square miles with parts of 19 counties receiving at least 8 in. of rain.

June, 2001 Houston's Tropical Storm Allison
This is a tale of what we fear most: a major storm hits a major urban area – 22lives and $5 Billion! in damages.

Nov. 2001 Central Texas
Flash flooding coincides with rush hour traffic. Most of the ten dead were in cars -- trying to get home -- to safety.

July. 2002 South Central Texas / Guadalupe Basin
This large, slow-moving, storm allowed time for substantial warnings and evacuations but still cause a fair amount of repeat damage to areas hit in the October, 1998 devastation.