Jaw-dropping before-and-after images show WAVES rolling across a Texas highway after Harvey brought worst rainfall in continental US history

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
By Paul Martin

The effects of Tropical Storm Harvey are made plain in these extraordinary photographs of the Interstate 10
The road between Houston and Beaumont was submerged for miles beneath several feet of rainwater
Photos show apparently doomed cattle standing in what were once fields around the area
Some 19 trillion gallons of rain have now fallen as a result of the hurricane-turned-tropical storm
That’s the largest amount of rainfall ever on the continental US – with 51.88in falling in Cedar Bayou, Texas
That’s just under the largest-ever rainfall of 52in on Kauai, Hawaii, in 1950, before Hawaii became a state

30 August 2017

The effects of Tropical Storm Harvey – which brought 19 trillion gallons of rain to the continental US – are made horrifyingly clear in these startling images.

This before-and-after sequence shows how a Texas highway was completely submerged by water – so much so that waves can be seen rolling feet above the asphalt.

The photos, taken on the I-10 between Houston and Beaumont on Tuesday, are a chilling glimpse of how fragile our hold on this planet is. Photographer Logan Wheat also took pictures of cows up to their chins in the roiling water.

‘It’s scary to know there were still cows out there and alive,’ Wheat said, ‘but it puts a knot in my throat to know we couldn’t get them out.’

The first image, taken near Winnie, shows an otherwise unremarkable stretch of highway, rolling out into the horizon.

But the photograph taken Tuesday looks like it came from another world.

Although it’s hard to judge quite how deep the water is from this distance, it looks to be at least eight feet high – certainly over the roofs of most cars.

Not far from this spot, convention centers in Houston were overloaded with tens of thousands of evacuees.

More than half of those were crammed into the city’s convention center – which was only planned to take around 5,000 people.

The George R Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Texas, has a capacity of up to 5,000 people, but Monday night 9,021 people stayed in the center, many sleeping on chairs and on the floor because of a shortage of cots.

Others were being sent to the Toyota Center, the arena that is home to the Houston Rockets NBA team.

Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said the convention center would remain as the primary shelter in Houston.

In Cedar Bayou, Texas, rains reached 51.88 inches Tuesday afternoon.

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