flooding

Incase you’re wondering about Texas right now

We’ve received 17" of rain. Monthly record is 13".
The lake has risen about 3 meters (Thats a metric fuck ton of water friends).
Downtown Austin is flooding rn.
13 people are dead or missing.
Houses are being lifted off of their foundations and floating down what should be a CREEK.
We’ve been under tornado warnings for the past 6 hours (that means the cloud is spinning but no report of it touching down completely).
The storm cells are reaching 43k ft. A plane flies at 30k. That’s 13k feet of cloud and gross.
The sky above my house is currently yellow green.
A dam just failed in Bastrop county.
The dam up stream from where I live began floodgate operations yesterday (meaning there’s a metric fuck ton of water headed my way).
The islands in the middle of lake Travis that have been there since the beginning of the drought are no longer there. They’re under like 3 ft of water.
It’s pretty much enough water to end a drought that’s lasted since I was 5. That’s a 13 year drought.
We had a creek rise 30 ft in 3 hours.

So if you’re interested, donating to the central Texas flood relief fund would be cool

http://www.adrntx.org/index.php/ways-to-give/central-tx-floods-relief-fund/

And there’s this cool website to see of the lake by my house is full yet. (It’s risen 2 ft just today).

Isthelakefullyet.com

@ some of you on tumblr who are glad about all of the insanely bad weather texas is getting because of texas politics and shit

please shut the fuck up due to the following reasons : 

  • most of texas is in no way prepared to handle this much rain. the average rainfall in north texas for may is four inches, and we’ve gotten something like 17 inches (and it’s been storming here in dallas for the past hour, so that number is going to go up) so telling texans to suck it up because other parts of the world get worse flooding than this every day is just stupid????and???doesn’t make sense????

  • just a couple of weeks ago, parts of texas were bone-dry because of the insane drought we’ve been in for the last five years, and now lands are completely overwhelmed by the water. 

  • yeah our politicians are homophobic, transphobic, racist, sexist pieces of shit. but there are also a lot of really great and not terrible people here, including lots of LGBTQA+ residents, all of whom really don’t want to drown

  • speaking of drowning, did you know people have died due to this flooding? over 20 people have been reported dead and 13 are missing or dead

  • Houston is practically underwater. Schools are closed all across the area. Thousands of homes have been damaged and destroyed due to flooding. People are literally fucking stranded because of flooding on the roads and are drowning in their cars. 

  • austin isn’t doing that well either! 

TLDR ; 

To help, please consider donating to the Houston and Austin Red Crosses or the Central Texas relief fund. also please don’t be an asshole and realize that people of all backgrounds are being seriously affected by this weather thank you good bye have a nice day

Billion$$ in damage in Texas & Oklahoma. Still no weather-caster may utter the phrase Climate Change. ~ @BillNye

For climate scientists the link is straightforward: Warmer atmospheres are able to hold more water vapor. When storms organize, they have the potential to wring out more water than in the past.

State of Disaster

As extreme weather marked by tornadoes and flooding continues to sweep across Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has requested – and President Obama has granted – federal help. 

I don’t begrudge Texas billions of dollars in disaster relief. After all, we’re all part of America. When some of us are in need, we all have a duty to respond. 

But the flow of federal money poses a bit of awkwardness for the Lone Star State. 

After all, just over a month ago hundreds of Texans decided that a pending Navy Seal/Green Beret joint training exercise was really an excuse to take over the state and impose martial law. And they claimed the Federal Emergency Management Agency was erecting prison camps, readying Walmart stores as processing centers for political prisoners. 

There are nut cases everywhere, but Texas’s governor, Greg Abbott added to that particular outpouring of paranoia by ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor the military exercise. “It is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed upon,” he said. In other words, he’d protect Texans from this federal plot. 

Now, Abbott wants federal money. And the Federal Emergency Management Agency is gearing up for a major role in the cleanup – including places like Bastrop, Texas, where the Bastrop State Park dam failed – and where, just five weeks ago, a U.S. Army colonel trying to explain the pending military exercise was shouted down by hundreds of self-described patriots shouting “liar!” 

Texans dislike the federal government even more than most other Americans do. According to a February poll conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune, only 23 percent of Texans view the federal government favorably, while 57 percent view it unfavorably, including more than a third who hold a “very unfavorable” view.

Texas dislikes the federal government so much that eight of its congressional representatives, along with Senator Ted Cruz, opposed disaster relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy – adding to the awkwardness of their lobbying for the federal relief now heading Texas’s way. 

Yet even before the current floods, Texas had received more disaster relief than any other state, according to a study by the Center for American Progress. That’s not simply because the state is so large. It’s also because Texas is particularly vulnerable to extreme weather – tornadoes on the plains, hurricanes in the Gulf, flooding across its middle and south. 

Given this, you might also think Texas would take climate change especially seriously. But here again, there’s cognitive dissonance between what the state needs and how its officials act. 

Among Texas’s infamous climate-change deniers is Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, who dismissed last year’s report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as “more political than scientific,“ and the White House report on the urgency of addressing climate change as designed “to frighten Americans.”
Smith is still at it. His committee just slashed by more than 20 percent NASA’s spending on Earth science, which includes climate change.

It’s of course possible that Texas’s current record rainfalls – the National Weather Service reports that the downpour in May alone was enough to put the entire state under eight inches of water  – has  nothing to do with the kind of extreme weather we’re witnessing elsewhere in the nation, such as the West’s current drought, the North’s record winter snowfall, and flooding elsewhere. 

But you’d have to be nuts not to be at least curious about such a connection, and its relationship to the carbon dioxide humans have been spewing into the atmosphere. 

Consider also the consequences for the public’s health. Several deaths in Texas have been linked to the extreme weather. Many Texans have been injured by it, directly or indirectly. Poor residents are in particular peril because they live in areas prone to flooding or in flimsy houses and trailers that can be washed or blown away. 

What’s Texas’s response?  Texas officials continue to turn down federal funds to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, thereby denying insurance to more than 1 million people and preventing the state from receiving an estimated $100 billion in federal cash over the next decade. 

I don’t want to pick on Texas. Its officials are not alone in hating the federal government, denying climate change, and refusing to insure its poor. 

And I certainly don’t want to suggest all Texans are implicated. Obviously, many thoughtful and reasonable people reside there. 

Yet Texans have elected people who seem not to have a clue. Indeed, Texas has done more in recent years to institutionalize irrationality than almost anywhere else in America – thereby imposing a huge burden on its citizens.

How many natural disasters will it take for the Lone Star State to wake up to the disaster of its elected officials?

Looking for something new? Come to Atlantis!

Oh sorry I meant Houston

See this ^^^^ there’s supposed to be more than 10ft of space between the bridge and the water level


AND IT’S SUPPOSED TO RAIN AGAIN IN LESS THAN 4-5 HOURS