The Great Texas Flood of 1921

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The Houston Chronicle reported on Sep. 12, 1921 that the number of confirmed fatalities in the worst flood in the history of the Lone Star State had risen to 45 in San Antonio and 90 overall with many more missing and presumed dead.

Five days earlier, a hurricane packing 95-mph winds roared out of the Gulf of Mexico making landfall south of Tampico. During the night, the unnamed storm took a sharp turn to the northeast, crossed the Rio Grande near Laredo and headed straight for San Antonio --Texas’ largest city with a population of 161,000.

The showers that preceded the tropical tempest were a cause for celebration in Central Texas. The one and third inches of precious precipitation that fell on Austin on the morning of Fri., Sep. 9 were the first raindrops the citizens of the capital city had seen in two months. Elsewhere in that parched part of the state light showers were welcomed as badly needed drought-breakers.



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