Historic Flooding in Harris County

Extreme weather is a phenomenon that seems to have impacted us all recently. From record-breaking temperatures, drought, and forest fires to powerful storms and deadly flooding, severe weather can result in catastrophic losses with devastating effects on human societies and natural ecosystems.

The Harris County community has experienced its share of natural disasters over the years. One of the most dangerous threats to the Greater Houston area is heavy rain leading to flooding. According to the Harris County Flood Control District, a major flood occurs somewhere in Harris County about every two years. And this is not a new problem - Houston and surrounding areas have suffered numerous flooding events in years past. The following images from the Harris County Archives depict the aftermath of some of these historic floods in Houston and Harris County.