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Here is a link to everything that you would ever want to know about Houston's most recent, and worst, flood.  There wasn't a lot of national or international media coverage of this event, because the timing coincided with the build-up of relentless hype over the Timothy McVeigh execution.  Nevertheless, even for a city that is used to occasional hurricanes and flooding, this was a devastating event.

This is a special website maintained by the Houston Chronicle.  Here you can find amazing photo collections, videos, articles describing the devastation, etc.  My most amazing discoveries were the rainfall map and the photos of Interstate Highway 10 pavement broken into thousands of pieces.  The northeast part of the city got nearly one meter of rainfall, while some areas (like Katy) received only about one-tenth of that.  This is positive proof that God likes Bill Polhemus! <grin>


Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
Dallas, Texas


-----Original Message-----
From: syed faiz ahmad [mailto:syedfaiz23(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2001 4:05 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Fascinating Flood Photo


You may be right.In such extra ordinary situation even a super pump may not
work. But my question was (hydrology design & well designed catch basins are
necessary to train disposal of these water, but thats beside the point), in
such cases where water manages to accumulate in underpasses, there should be
well designed pumping mechanism to handle such problem. After all its human
life thats at stake!, regards.


>From: "Effland, Greg" <geeffland(--nospam--at)>
>Reply-To: seaint(--nospam--at)
>To: seaint(--nospam--at)
>Subject: RE: Fascinating Flood Photo
>Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 10:20:51 -0500
>I'll start off by first saying that I don't practice in Hydaulics or
>Hydrology.  But when it rains like it did in the southern and eastern parts
>of the US recently due to tropical storms where do you pump the extra water
>to?  Don't think there are too many places to pump extra water to when
>several square miles are flooded.  I think for these cases a "super" pump
>would not be of benefit... now for cases were local flash flooding occurs,
>better storm sewers and "super" pumps may be of benefit along with typical
>levies, dams, flood gates, etc.
>Seperate Subject - Were all of the structures in the flooded areas plan
>checked for flood loads per ASCE 7?  -- Just Kidding....... :o)
>My $0.02 worth (well maybe $0.01 worth in this case)
>Greg Effland, P.E.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: syed faiz ahmad [mailto:syedfaiz23(--nospam--at)]
>Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2001 2:04 PM
>To: seaint(--nospam--at)
>Subject: RE: Fascinating Flood Photo
>Thanks Bill, i remember in Riyadh (the Capital city) similar situation once
>occured also way back in 1996 perhaps. This may be surprising, but its
>Althoug Saudi Arabia is an arid region ( meaning receiving a very scanty
>rainfall), but in winter it does rain a lot. One of such under passes was
>flooded like the one you experienced in Houston. But guys explained the
>pumps failed to cope up with this upsurge of water. Many a cars with people
>inside & even a big trailer (goods lorry) got drowned in this.
>This provokes me to think the mechanical engineers must give a serious
>thought to designing of a battery of pumps to cope up with this situation,
>especially in areas which have a history of extra ordinary rain fall; or
>there should be regulation to the effect. What do you think, Gentlemen?
> >From: "Bill Polhemus" <bill(--nospam--at)>
> >Reply-To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> >To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
> >Subject: RE: Fascinating Flood Photo
> >Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 18:18:10 -0500
> >
> >I'm sure they have pump stations somewhere, but when you're deal with 24
> >inches of rain in less than one day, you can pretty much forget it!
> >
> >William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
> >Polhemus Engineering Company
> >Katy, Texas
> >Phone 281-492-2251
> >Fax 281-492-8203
> >
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: syed faiz ahmad [mailto:syedfaiz23(--nospam--at)]
> > > Sent: Friday, June 15, 2001 4:18 PM
> > > To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> > > Subject: Re: Fascinating Flood Photo
> > >
> > > Update me for my knowledge sake, please. Regards,