Greg Forbes, a severe weather expert with The Weather Channel,said an estimated 1,350-mile-long swath averaging 5 inches of rain stretched from Louisiana to Upstate New York, depositing 29 trillion gallons of water triggering massive flooding in those areas.
Had that fallen on drought-stricken Texas the entire state would have gotten about 6 inches of rain, The Weather Channel experts found.
Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dumped some 10 inches of rainfall in about 10 states from the Gulf Coast to New England. The new flood added to the problems that already storm-weary residents along the U.S. East Coast are facing. Hurricane Irene drenched the area about a week ago and the states are still in recovery mode.
While it's soggy on the East Coast, Texas officials are battling dozens of wildfires in the parched states. Fires have been burning in Texas since the wildfire season began last November. More than 156,000 acres have been burned.
Officials on Friday said they also responded to an additional 19 new fires for 673 acres, including new large fires in Camp and Hill counties.
Within the past seven days Texas Forest Service responded to 186 fires for 156,517 acres.
A large fire raging in Bastrop County has since been 30 percent contained as of Thursday.
Things are looking pretty good out there, Bastrop County Emergency Coordinator Mike Fisher told the media.