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Texas official: Harvey's rainfall would 'run Niagara Falls for 15 days'

Thank goodness for the Niagara Gorge.

The cavernous gorge, which swallows 600,000 gallons of water per second and channels it toward Lake Ontario, may be what prevents the Buffalo Niagara landscape from looking like Harris County, Texas, does today.

A meteorologist's calculations in one of Hurricane Harvey's worst-hit counties estimated that nearly 1 trillion gallons of water fell over Harris County in four days.

That's roughly the same amount of water it takes Niagara Falls, and the gorge, about 15 days to process, according to Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District.

Harris County is home to the city of Houston and its roughly 4 million inhabitants.

Lindner made the comments, and the reference to Niagara Falls, late Tuesday on the Weather Channel during its coverage of Harvey.

He also added that Harvey's four-day rainfall total would be enough to cover Harris County's 1,800 square miles in 33 inches of water.

Flood water surround homes in a residential neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

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