I have written about crazy Texas weather a lot on this site. I know that heat and storms come with the territory, but sometimes the effects reach beyond the mundane. That happened in October when we had an insane amount of rain -- between 9 and 11 inches in 24 hours, depending on which part of Austin you were in -- the living room flooded and the swimming pool looked like a duck pond. The whole experienced freaked me out at the time, and my life has not been the same since.
Fortunately I had hired a pool maintenance company only a few weeks before, deciding I'd had enough of managing the pool on my own. They had to vacuum more than an inch of soil off the bottom of the pool and strip down the filter completely, but it was back to normal in less than 10 days. Less than two weeks later, we had another storm that flooded large sections of downtown. Here, courtesy of CRH photos is a freaky shot of the Stevie Ray Vaughn statues on Auditorium Shores, waist-deep in the river.