Yesterday, Houston became the Land Between the Lakes (not to be confused with the one in Kentucky).
In Kentucky when it floods, it's emphasized not to drive through water--because when a car is just in four inches of water, it can be swept away. Of course, Kentucky is a tad bit different, in that there are a lot of rushing rivers and creeks to pass over.
In Houston when it floods, the inner cowbody comes out in the population. All of the sudden, Houstonians revert back to Wild West days and try to cross over water with their cars as their swimming steeds. It's also a perfect time to test the limits of their trucks and SUVs. Water just seems to be a hazard that needs to be crossed.
I'm not making any claims that people don't get this attitude in Kentucky, but because the population is so much less, I suppose it makes the occurence seem less. And maybe there aren't as many news cameras to document it.
There are also times when accidents just happen during flooding. The worst stories I've heard have been drivers that don't see water under an underpass until they are in the water. It's horrible. And some people lose their lives.
In parts of Houston, it rained around eleven inches yesterday. CRAZY! We are in the tropics.
We're starting to dry out now, and my new fear is mosquitoes since standing water = mosquitoes. I've also found out that some good friends had water enter their homes. Not fun.
It's so bizarre how storm clouds have a tendency to just sit on our city. Can they not get by because of the buildings? I can't figure it out.
Picture courtesy of SC