Remembering Texas’ Terrible Past With These 6 Deadly Disasters
Texas has endured some pretty awful disasters. From natural forces like hurricanes and floods to tragic industrial accidents, Texas has experienced events that have left some pretty big scars on its communities.
An article from Only In Your State detailed some horrific tragedies but I've had my own research going. What I found are some of the most significant disasters that have unfolded in Texas.
LOOK: REMEMBERING TEXAS' TERRIBLE PAST WITH THESE 6 DEADLY DISASTERS
I remember this one myself. Hurricane Harvey brought unbelievable amounts of rainfall that caused catastrophic flooding in Houston and surrounding areas. Literally, thousands of homes were damaged. The storm made a massive demand for emergency services and volunteers.
An industrial accident that shook the town of Texas City, this explosion occurred in a ship loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer. The blast was massive, killing nearly 600 people and causing widespread destruction.
This hurricane is one of the deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history. The storm surge engulfed Galveston Island, claiming around 8,000 lives. Thereafter, significant changes in disaster preparedness were made.
In the town of West, a fertilizer plant explosion caused a massive fireball and leveled nearby buildings. Fifteen lives were lost, including some first responders. The incident led to better regulation of hazardous materials storage.
A tragedy that changed school safety forever, this natural gas leak caused an explosion that destroyed the New London school building. Over 295 students and teachers died, leading to gas safety practices.
Massive rainfall led to excessive flooding in central Texas. It claimed more than 200 lives and caused a lot of property damage.
These disasters left some powerful marks on Texas and its people. They have helped shape policies and safety protocols. It's reminders like these that show the importance of being prepared with ongoing efforts to prevent future disasters.
It sure does seem like weather plays a huge factor in most of the state's disasters. Weather can get nasty quick and bring with it a mess that's unimaginable and extremely costly. Look below for some big devastations and their hefty price tags.
LOOK: The most expensive weather and climate disasters in recent decades