Radio Covers Record Rainfall, Floods
May 26, 2015 at 3:17 PM (PT)
Record-setting heavy rainfall doused parts of TEXAS, OKLAHOMA and many MIDWEST states over the weekend, which caused major flooding that has forced thousands from their homes and claimed several lives.
HOUSTON and surrounding areas were hit hard, as CBS RADIO Country KILT (THE BULL)/HOUSTON PD BRUCE LOGAN told ALL ACCESS: “We did the typical morning scramble getting everyone in. Roads were impassable. Most of THE BULL staff lives outside the city but that made it difficult. People were turning around and going the wrong way on freeways to escape the water, which was scary because that meant they were headed into oncoming traffic. We took calls from people stranded in their cars. Lots of people slept at the TOYOTA CENTER last NIGHT (5/25) after the ROCKETS game. The water came up very fast. Luckily it appears we mostly have property damage right now. We will know more as the water subsides.”
iHEARTMEDIA Alternative KTBZ (94.5 THE BUZZ)/HOUSTON PD ELLIOTT WOOD said this is another reason to be live and local. "ROD RYAN and the rest of the morning team did make it in (although it took some high-level navigation skills through side streets) and spent the morning taking calls from people effected and getting the word out to others," explains WOOD. "Obviously, there were a lot of areas impacted and ROD did a great job talking to listeners those areas and reminding people not to head out and add to the mess on the roads.
AUSTIN was also hit hard, as iHEARTMEDIA Country KASE PD JT BOSCH explained. "It's mostly ok in the city, but with some flooding. HAYES COUNTY was hit the hardest, with thousands in shelters. We are working on relief efforts now, but pushing everyone to donate to the RED CROSS since SUNDAY."
“The rest of the daytime BUZZ jocks were anxious to come to work -- despite me telling them not to attempt it. THERESA and KARAH really pushed back and said they are coming and want to be on the air, especially in light of the flood situation. Radio people get it ... that in times like these, they shine. It is a great reminder that radio is an important part of the community."
TYLER Country KJKE/OKLAHOMA CITY MD OWEN PICKARD checked in with ALL ACCESS, reporting: “Severe weather is expected this time of year. What hit everyone hard was the flooding. We covered the tornado warnings on SATURDAY (5/23) and have kept the listeners informed with the flooding issues. Some smaller communities were hit hard with ponds and lakes overflowing.”
More reports as we get them.