Hurricane Harvey flooded southeastern Texas and inundated the city of Houston, forcing thousands of people to take cover in shelters. Many residents now face temporary displacement while the American Red Cross works to help flood victims. ABC’s disaster relief fund through the Red Cross is available for anyone who wants to help support these efforts with a monetary donation.
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Here are five mind-boggling things to consider about Hurricane Harvey: (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/08/30/hurricane-harvey-by-the-numbers/)
1) In some places, Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain–shattering storm records for the continental United States. Typically, it takes more than a year (13 to 14 months to be exact) for Chicago to get that much rain, according to an interactive map published by the New York Times. You can enter a ZIP code to see how long it would take a particular area to get that much moisture. Is some areas of the United States, it takes years.
3) Forecasters estimate Harvey dumped about 15 to 20 trillion gallons of water across Texas. The Chicago area’s flood control system–the Deep Tunnel–has three reservoirs. One of those is in McCook that will hold about 10 billion gallons of water when complete in 2029. That means Harvey would fill McCook 1,500 to 2,000 times over. (The reservoir in Thornton, along Interstate 294, can hold about 8 billion gallons.)
4) Over 15 hours, officials said there were 56,000 calls made to 911 in the Houston area. Typically, they handle about 8,000.
5) More than 10,000 people have taken refuge inside the Houston convention center. That space is roughly the equivalent to three McCormick Place Lakeside Centers. (Overall, the total space offered by the McCormick Place campus is much larger than Houston–by about one million square feet.)