Damage stemming from severe winter storms that affected the U.S. throughout January and February continues to manifest in the South as rising temperatures thaw frozen and burst pipes located in numerous homes and businesses. Reports of associated structural flooding currently include areas of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
At this time, it appears that Texas is experiencing the highest rate of impact. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has stated that he is aware of “several thousand reports of burst pipes.” Similar activity also has been reported across Dallas, Austin and El Paso.
Elsewhere, in Horry County, S.C., heavy rain stemming from the storms has caused overflow from the Great Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers. A number of communities have experienced road flooding and remain on alert for possible evacuations.
Approximate locations (according to media outlets) sustaining structural damage/flooding:
*Associated ZIP codes can be viewed here.
- Jacksonville (Pulaski County)
- Guthrie (Logan County)
- Oklahoma City (Oklahoma County)
- Abilene (Taylor, Jones Counties)
- Austin (Travis, Hays, Williamson Counties)
- Dallas (Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, Rockwall Counties)
- El Paso (El Paso County)
- Houston (Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery Counties)
- Killeen (Bell County)
- San Marcos (Hays County)
- Tyler (Smith County)
- Bucksport (Horry County)
KATV ABC 7: Arkansas Homeowners See Burst Pipes and Flooded Homes from Winter Season
KFOR NBC 4: Hundreds of Oklahomans Working to Clean Water Damage from Burst Pipes
USA Today: Millions of gallons have leaked from burst water pipes in just one Texas city: ‘That is an incredible amount of water’
WMBF: ‘We Need Some Help:’ Flooding in Bucksport Community Forces Residents Out of Their Homes