Heavy rains and flooding in Galveston, TX, delayed the departure of the Carnival Valor, a Carnival Cruise Line representative tells Travel Agent.
“We have been monitoring the situation in Galveston with local officials and our Fleet Operations Center at our headquarters in Miami,” a Carnival representative says. “ With the forecast of clearing skies and roads, we have delayed our departure of the Carnival Valor until 7p and will need all guests on board by 6p.”
According to local station KHOU11, the ship set sail that evening on a Mexico itinerary. A flash flood watch remains in effect until noon Tuesday for Galveston, as another round of heavy rain is expected in the area this morning.
On its official website, the city of Galveston has posted a list of impassible roads due to the floodwaters:
- Avenue L, from 51st St. to 52nd St.
- Harborside Dr. and 21st St.
- Harborside Dr. and 33rd St.
- Harborside Dr. and 37th St.
- Saladia and Avenue R
- 325 51st.
- 61st from Seawall to Stewart Rd.
- Downtown area: Between 19th St. and 25th St and Harborside Dr. And Market St.
- Travelers are advised to avoid driving on flooded roads.
Newsweek reports that the area received between four and six inches of rain Monday morning (with some areas, such as High Island, experiencing over 10 inches), stranding many cruise passengers traveling to and from the ship.