Weather Causes Delay at NRBC

katyweatherA full retention pond in Katy, Texas. • Photo by Angie BurlingameThe National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) kicked off April 18 in Katy, Texas, but the first section of the Non-Pro prelims, which was supposed to start at 9 a.m., was delayed until 11:00 a.m. due to flooding. Many of the roads in Katy were underwater, creating hazardous driving conditions.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience,” said Cheryl Cody, NRBC secretary and treasurer. “Our exhibitors are the best and very understanding as we work around what is apparently a 500-year flood. The facility is short-handed because some of their employees cannot get out of their homes, and everyone is pitching in to help!”

The second section of the Non-Pro prelims is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19. With more rain on the way, exhibitors can find updates to the schedule on the NRBC’s Facebook page.high-waterSunday night saw high water on the roads around the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. • Photo by Chelsea Schneider

Katy is located west of Houston, and there were many stranded motorists throughout the Houston metro area. The Houston Chronicle reported that people who were able to drive onto one of the many freeways in the area this morning soon discovered they could not get back off.

“Houston was a wrong-way town as those who chanced an exit from the loop found themselves stymied by high water. A few pulled to the roadside, tripped their emergency flashers and waited. Most, though, slowly, perilously backed up the ramp to the freeway,” the Chronicle stated.

In addition to the highways, neighborhoods in Katy also experienced severe flooding due to the many lakes and bayous in the area. The Katy Independent School District canceled all classes for Monday.flooded-roadThe streets of Katy were underwater, which caused many businesses to shut down Monday. • Photo by Chelsea Schneider

According to the National Weather Service, the area received 10-16 inches of rain, and another 3-6 inches were forecasted. A flash flood watch is in effect until Tuesday, April 19.