We awaken this morning to learn that the National Hurricane Center named Bill as a tropical storm overnight and are putting up watches, warnings, and comment on the storm. It looks like it will come ashore somewhere southwest of Houston, start that familiar arc that those storms make, roll over Dallas, then head for St. Louis. The latest map I've seen of rainfall potential looks like this:
According to the local gauges, the Red river is supposed to crest today, and start dropping slowly and the last gush of fresh water flows past us. A storm the magnitude of Bill may delay that runoff. If the river is full of water, the creeks, streams and bayous have no place to send water, and backwater flooding will continue.