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Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:39

The Great Flood of 2001

Written by  Bob Janusaitis, CISA, CBCP

Less then one week after the beginning of the 2001 Hurricane season we already had a named storm in the Gulf of Mexico, her name was Allison. But it was just a tropical storm, no need for concern yet; after all we really didn’t need to worry until it became a hurricane. It was June 4, 2001 and a tropical disturbance crossed the Yucatan Peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico. Few people even knew it existed. On June 5th, within 24 hours the National Weather Service began issuing weather warnings for severe weather with rains of up to 3 inches. By that afternoon Tropical Storm Allison formed and was expected to make landfall on Galveston Island. Harris County activated its OEM personnel and County Sheriff’s Deputies. Tropical Storm Allison moved across Galveston Bay into the Southwestern Portion of Harris County at approximately 7:00 p.m. TS Allison remained nearly stationary dropping approximately 12