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Flash Floods in Texas
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How many times have you heard the television or radio alert, “We are now under a flash flood watch”? While the destructive force of flash flooding is a regular occurrence in the state and has caused a tremendous amount of damage and heartache over the years, no one until now has recorded in a single book the history of flash floods in Texas. After combing libraries and archives, grilling county historians, trekking to flood sites, and collecting scores of graphic photographs, Jonathan Burnett chose twenty-eight floods from around the state to create this narrative of a century of disastrous events. Beginning with the famous Austin dam break of 1900 and ending with the historic 2002 flooding in the Hill Country, Burnett chronicles the causes and courses of these catastrophic floods as well as their costs in material damage and human lives. Dramatic photographs of each event enhance the harrowing accounts of danger spawned by nature on a rampage. Together, the stories and the pictures give readers a vivid and lasting image of the power and unpredictability of flash floods in Texas.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Series Editor’s Foreword
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. April 1900: Austin Dam Break
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. December 1913: Nolan Creek and Brazos River Floods
  2. pp. 10-21
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  1. April 1915: Floods on Shoal and Waller Creeks
  2. pp. 22-27
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  1. September 1921: Downtown San Antonio Flood
  2. pp. 28-36
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  1. September 1921: Thrall Record Rainfall and Little River Flood
  2. pp. 37-49
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  1. July 1932: Guadalupe River Basin Flood
  2. pp. 50-57
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  1. September 1932: Devil’s River and Rio Grande River Floods
  2. pp. 58-65
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  1. May 1935: D’Hanis Flash Flood
  2. pp. 66-71
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  1. June 1935: Llano and Nueces Rivers Floods
  2. pp. 72-85
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  1. December 1935: Downtown Houston Flood
  2. pp. 86-93
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  1. September 1936: Concho River Flood
  2. pp. 94-110
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  1. July 1938: Brady Creek and San Saba River Floods
  2. pp. 111-128
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  1. May 1949: Downtown Fort Worth Flood
  2. pp. 129-135
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  1. September 1952: Pedernales River Flood
  2. pp. 136-150
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  1. June 1954: Pecos River’s Eighty-Six-Foot Wall of Water
  2. pp. 151-161
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  1. May 1957: Lampasas Mother’s Day Flood
  2. pp. 162-172
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  1. June 1965: Sanderson Flash Flood
  2. pp. 173-185
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  1. May 1966: Dallas Flash Flood
  2. pp. 186-191
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  1. May 1970: San Marcos River Flood
  2. pp. 192-198
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  1. May 1972: New Braunfels Flood
  2. pp. 199-204
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  1. May 1978: Canyon, Texas, and Palo Duro Canyon Flood
  2. pp. 205-215
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  1. August 1978: Hill Country Flood
  2. pp. 216-231
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  1. August 1978: Albany, Texas, Flood
  2. pp. 232-245
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  1. May 1981: Memorial Day Flood in Austin
  2. pp. 246-260
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  1. August 1998: Del Rio Flood
  2. pp. 261-272
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  1. October 1998: Hill Country Flash Floods
  2. pp. 273-283
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  1. June 2001: Tropical Storm Allison Flood in Houston
  2. pp. 284-290
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  1. July 2002: Guadalupe River Flooding
  2. pp. 291-298
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  1. Appendix Overview of Significant Texas Floods
  2. pp. 299-308
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 309-323
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 325-330
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