Time-lapse video shows Texas garage filling up with floodwater during Hurricane Harvey
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few days, I'm sure you are well aware of the mass destruction and devastation Hurricane Harvey has brought to the south of the U.S. right now. Homes and lives have been destroyed in Houston, Texas, as the storm caused absolute carnage; and some incredible footage of the extent of the rainfall has emerged online over the past few days.
One shocking time-lapse video, which you can see below, shows a garage in Houston filling up with floodwater in around 12 hours. Following the torrential rain which has bombarded the city, the garage, belonging to Dani Roisman, was finally breached on Sunday morning and was full with floodwater by just after midday on the same day.
The floodwater finally begins to recede on Monday morning, with the high water mark being at 48.5", with the garage about two feet above street level.
Dani's video isn't the only time-lapse video to have emerged of the severe weather, with another video, captured by Houston resident Exavier Blanchard, also showing just how quickly the water levels rose across the city. Shooting the video from his apartment, Blanchard focuses the camera on the car park outside of his home in Greenspoint, Houston.
The footage shows the water levels rising well above some of the cars parked out in the lot and breaching part of the building's first floor in the process. Blanchard began filming at 9:30pm on Saturday and the footage spans 15 hours.
He told the Huffington Post:
"I set [the camera] up in the window a couple of days before the storm hit because I heard the area floods and I wanted to capture it on video. I have managed to be pretty lucky when it comes to the flooding.
"Besides running into some standing water and closed roads on the way to stay with family in Clear Lake, it hasn't been too bad."
The storm, which arrived in Texas on Friday, has forced tens of thousand of people to flee their homes and has caused damages that could easily rise into tens of billions of dollars, making it one of the costliest natural disasters in US history.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) say that 51.88 inches of rain has fallen in Texas throughout the duration of the storm, which is a record for any storm in the continental United States.
Authorities have reported that at least 18 people have died as a result of the storm, although that figure is expected to rise once the clean up missions begin. Law enforcement agencies are also saying that more than 13,000 people have been rescued in the Houston area and surrounding parts of Texas.
Public health officials are now warning civilians about the health problems that can incur as floodwaters continue to rise. Skin rashes, bacterial/viral infections and mosquito-borne diseases can all become rife in situations such as the one in Houston. The fire marshal's office have also tweeted that they have evacuated residents with 1.5 miles of a chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, due to the risk that the plant might explode.
The storm is set to move into Louisiana today, with flash flood warnings being issued across the entire state.