‘’Catastrophic Flooding’’ Threatens Heart Of Texas Oil Industry

Flooding from a tropical storm hit the Houston area on Thursday, with some calling the situation worse than Hurricane Harvey. Heavy rainfall inundated the Texas coast, flooding Houston and Beaumont, home to massive oil refining, petrochemical and export facilities. The storm was downgraded to just a tropical depression, but those classifications only measure wind speed. The real threat from Imelda was “major, catastrophic flooding,” according to the National Weather Service. “Extremely persistent thunderstorms” created the…