After Tropical Storm Imelda ravaged Texas over the course of three days, dangerous floods enveloped the city, leaving at least two dead and warranting around 1,000 high-water rescues and evacuations to get people to shelter.
On Thursday 19 September, IAH reported a 9.18-inch official rainfall reading, bringing operations to a standstill, with 655 cancellations and 230 delays for flights into or out of Houston.
As of 20 September, flights have resumed, and IAH has tweeted a status update, offering advice to people travelling through Houston: “Airport airfield is open to all arriving and departing flights as of 4am CT. Check flight status with airline. Many flights were diverted yesterday so that could affect your flight.”
This certainly isn’t the first case of severe weather causing destruction and leading to delayed and cancelled flights. With the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season set to last through until late November, travellers are urged to travel responsibility and ensure that they purchase the right cover for their trip.