Houston, Texas. August 28th. This fish swam into the wrong home. Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey meant a man in Houston, Texas didn’t even have to leave his house to go fishing. A shirtless man identified as Saul Saldana was captured on video diving after a fish and catching it with his bare hands in a Houston home flooded by Hurricane Harvey. A viral video posted to social media by Vivian Saldana shows a man hunting through nearly knee-high floodwaters in a living room, attempting to catch a fish with his barehands. A viral video posted to social media by Vivian Saldana shows a man hunting through nearly knee-high floodwaters in a living room, attempting to catch a fish with his barehands.
“Why go out looking for food when the food is coming to our living room?” wrote Viviana Saldana, on social media on Saturday.
Saul Saldana managed to wrangle a fish that swam into his flooded house after he opened the door to try and let some of the water out.
Saldana’s skills were captured on camera by his daughter Viviana, who posted the videos to social media.
In the clips, Saldana is seen comically diving into the water several times as he tries to get hold of the fish. He eventually succeeds, holding up the fish by its tail as his daughter laughs in the background.
Hurricane Harvey has caused severe flooding in other parts of Texas, leaving thousands of residents trapped.
Harvey’s catastrophic flooding is the latest chapter in Houston’s history of floods.
Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 caused nearly $5 billion in damage. The Memorial Day floods of 2015 dumped almost 12 inches of rain in 10 hours. And last year, 1,200 people were rescued after a flood on Tax Day.
Photo: Saul Saldana
Flooding is such a big problem in Houston:
There are a lot of factors at play. For one: Houston’s elevation. The city is relatively flat and is barely above sea level. Downtown is only about 50 feet above sea level, and there’s only about a four-foot change between the highest and lowest parts of downtown. That means when rain falls, it has nowhere to go, and takes a long time to drain out.
Some of the southern suburbs are even lower…at 40 feet above sea level. The highest point in the city, in the northwest suburbs is only 128 feet above sea level.
Once the bayous flood, the freeway system functions as a de-facto secondary flood control system, even though it isn’t supposed to. New freeways are built to handle 100-year floods, but we’ve already exceeded the conditions that define a 100-year flood at in many spots with the flooding from Harvey.
Once the water overtops the freeways, you get to the residential streets which are recessed in a bit as a final small flood control measure. As soon as the water gets above that and onto the sidewalks, homes start flooding.
Some experts also point to Houston’s big building boom as a potential factor, in exacerbating the problem Development decreased the amount of wetlands in the city by almost 50 percent over the last 25 years.
All that hard, impermeable pavement means there’s less land to soak up rainfall after a major storm.
Combine all that with the fact Houston is only about 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. That puts it right in the path of slow-moving storms that can generate massive amounts of rainfall.
In fact, the number of downpours measuring at least 10 inches have doubled over the last 30 years.
So, when a slow-moving storm like Hurricane Harvey hits the city, flooding can be intense — more intense than ever.
Houston’s Buffalo Bayou reached a record 69-foot crest in one area Sunday.
In general, one inch of rain equals about a foot rise in river levels. With at least six inches still possible in Houston on Monday, the Buffalo Bayou could rise another six feet.