While many people look forward to Memorial Day Weekend as a time to gather together with family and friends in the backyard, many residents in Texas and Oklahoma spent this year’s holiday displaced from their homes. Heavy rains and multiple storms created serious flood conditions across the state, ultimately leaving three people dead and eight more missing on Sunday, May 24.
Hundreds of Homes in Hays County Affected
Officials in Hays County, Texas, reported that around 400 homes had been damaged or destroyed in the flooding. The region’s Blanco River swelled to a record-breaking crest at 40.2 feet, reaching the highest crest since 1929. In San Marcos, residents were warned not to attempt to return to their homes, and there were reports of damaged structures, destroyed bridges, and downed utility lines. Approximately 1,000 Hays County residents were unable to return to their homes or assess damages due to the high waters.
Houston Area Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding
A 41-unit apartment building in Houston collapsed in the storm, sustaining damage to 10 units. Hundreds of people in areas north of Houston were evacuated due to concerns that the Lewis Creek Dam would break under the pressure of the flood waters, especially if the heavy rains continued.
Oklahoma Residents Trapped and Displaced by Flooding and Storms
Videos of the flooding in Elk City, Oklahoma, showed roads completely consumed by rushing flood water, and officials reported that 30 people in the city were displaced by flash floods. A tornado was spotted in Grady County on Saturday, and thousands of people were without power across the state.
While the conditions in Texas in Oklahoma have already been described as “catastrophic,” continuing severe weather was still in the forecast as residents tried to make sense of the initial damage. Many states in the Midwest were under potential threat, and areas already affected by this spring’s destructive weather could be bracing for continued flooding and rain.
The process of recovering losses under a flood policy can be more difficult than many homeowners realize, especially when flooding affects multiple regions or an entire state. If you are having trouble resolving a flood claim, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced attorneys at 1-888-614-7730 for immediate assistance with your questions.