Texas Severe Storms, Flooding and Tornadoes (DR-1257)

Incident period: October 17, 1998 to November 15, 1998
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 21, 1998

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 27, 1998
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The focus of operations in Texas is shifting from response to recovery as the Colorado and Guadalupe rivers return to normal levels. National Weather Service (NWS) reports moderate to major lowland flooding is still possible along the San Bernard River near its mouth, though it is expected to fall below flood stage today.
October 26, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The upper reaches of the flooded rivers in Texas have crested and are slowly receding. However, many areas downstream remain flooded. In Wharton, the Colorado River has crested and local officials are hopeful that water levels will recede enough to allow residents to return to their homes soon. As of last night, there were 12 shelters open housing approximately 525 people. By this morning the American Red Cross (ARC) reported that number had dropped to five shelters open housing 132 people.
October 23, 1998
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- James Lee Witt, FEMA's Director Witt joined Governor Bush today in Victoria County to fly over the affected area and meet with victims. The Colorado River is expected to crest in Wharton this morning at 48.5 feet, 12 feet above flood stage and a new record. As much as 50 percent of the city of Wharton (pop. 9000) has been affected by flooding. The Guadalupe River has crested in Victoria and continues a slow fall. The river is expected to remain above flood stage at Victoria for the next several days.
October 22, 1998
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As disaster response and recovery operations continue, James Lee Witt, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct an inspection tour of flood-ravaged Texas communities. Witt left for Austin early this morning for a two day visit and will meet with federal, state and local officials.
October 21, 1998
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Twenty southeastern Texas counties were designated for federal aid today by the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist state and local relief efforts for flood-ravaged families and businesses.
October 21, 1998
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Texas state officials report flood surges continue down the river basins of central and south Texas. The Guadalupe River crested to nearly 35 feet, or about 14 above flood stage, at Victoria in Victoria County yesterday, breaking a record flood level set in 1936.

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