FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CITY OF BROWNSVILLE RESPONDS TO SEVERE WEATHER IMPACTING COMMUNITY
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (October 2, 2021) – Yesterday, heavy rains and thunderstorms moved throughout the afternoon into the late evening, resulting in flash flooding in the Brownsville area, impacting various residents. The City of Brownsville, along with the State of Texas have worked together to respond accordingly to severe flooding incidents, leading to the city’s issuance of a disaster declaration earlier today.
In all, the Office of Emergency Management reported, from the National Weather Service, that Brownsville received a total of 8.09 inches of rain, with wind gusts of up to 46 miles an hour, making this rainfall a record event, surpassing the last record in 1958, which amounted to a total of 2.4 inches of rain. Most notably, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., the city saw the most substantial downpour of rain, which included 5.2 inches, resulting in the heaviest flooding.
The City of Brownsville continues to be dedicated to ensuring the safety of the community and to provide support to individuals who may have been impacted by the continuous rainfall and flooding. Residents who have been impacted are encouraged to use a self-reporting tool, called iSTAT, for Texans affected by heavy rains.
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