The Great Brazos Flood on June 17 of 1899 Killed 249 People [PHOTOS]
The rain began falling this day in 1899, and it didn't stop until June 28th. Rainfall totals reached almost 9 inches that week across some 66,000 square miles of Texas. The Brazos river then exploded over its banks, and flooded the surrounding area for 12,000 square miles.
Damage was estimated at nearly $9 million dollars, and 284 lives were tragically lost that week. Thousands more ended up homeless. The floods highest water mark was recorded in Hearne, Texas where water levels rose above all the available flood gauges in place at that time.