Torrential rain in central Texas flooded both Austin and Houston over the holiday weekend, as well as much of the Hill Country. Around Houston, highways were impassable and about 350 fans of the NBA's Houston Rockets, which won a playoff game in the Toyota Center Monday night, chose to stay at the facility to ride out the storm. One player, center Dwight Howard, also stayed behind rather than drive through the storm.
"Like much of Texas and the region, Houston experienced significant storms over the weekend," according to a statement from Houston First Corp. and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Fortunately, our main event over Memorial Day, the comic convention Comicpalooza, ended yesterday and was not affected. The George R. Brown Convention Center was not impacted by flooding and will be ready to host events scheduled to move in later this week. Our thoughts now are with our neighboring residents and businesses who suffered damage caused by the storms."
In Austin, flood waters have receded and cleanup has begun. Neither the Austin Convention Center nor the Palmer Events Center sustained any damage. "While the worst appears to be behind us for now," said Mayor Steve Adler in a statement, "I'm confident that this community will pull together to help our neighbors recover from the effects of this 'return' of Memorial Day flooding.... We'll pull together as one community -- and one region -- to support recovery efforts as we move forward."