I feel like it has rained every other day, or it has threatened to rain every single day since February.
No matter how I feel, the fact is that an almost incomprehensible amount of rain fell on the state of Texas in May.
According to the National Weather Service, it rained enough to cover the entire state (all 268,580 square miles of it) in 8 inches of water!
The rain has been more than just a nuisance. It has had very real, and tragic results for communities across the state. Hundreds, if not thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed, and as of this post, 31 lives have been lost.
Here are some of the top stories on the floods:
- Austin American Statesman: Blanco River Runs Roughshod:
- CNN: Texas floods: Enough rain fell in May to cover entire state 8 inches deep
- International Business Times: Texas Flooding 2015: Severe Storms In Texas Cause At Least $27M In Infrastructure Damage, Continuing Trend Of Increasing Natural Disasters.
- American Red Cross: Red Cross Helps In Texas As More Flooding Threatens
The amount of rain that has fallen, and the scale of the flooding is one thing, but there are people who have suffered from these floods who are just trying to make it from one day to the next, and you can help.
Please take a moment to consider giving to the American Red Cross, who is “providing a safe place to stay, food and water, relief supplies, health services and emotional support to people in need”.
To donate, visit their website here, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or use your mobile phone to text 90999.