In a year that has been a roller coaster ride, here are some of Houston's biggest news stories of 2016.
- The Tax Day flood
- Jessica Cain's body found after almost 20 years
- Local Olympians make Houston proud
- 11-year-old Josue Flores murdered
- Lawyer goes on shooting rampage in SW Houston
- Heated road rage incident captured on video in NW Houston
- Teen charged with murder of mother and father
- Former middle school teacher impregnated by student
- Texans place J.J. Watt on injured reserve list
- UH Cougars win the Peach Bowl, lose their coach
Harris County got an average 7.75'' of rainfall for the event. That's equivalent to 240 billion gallons of water falling on the area. This exceeded Memorial Day 2015 (162 billion gallons) by almost 80 billion gallons of water. That event was more confined, whereas the Tax Day rains were much larger spatially.
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It was enough rain to force business owners to close, schools to cancel and roads to turn into rivers.
It also resulted in hundreds of high-water rescues and several fatalities. ABC13's Steve Campion rescued a man trapped in high water on live TV.
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Through this tragedy, the community came together to help those affected.
Suspected serial killer William Reece led authorities to where he buried Jessica Cain's body in a field on E. Orem Road near Hobby Airport. Cain was 17 years old when she vanished in 1997.
The remains of Kelli Cox were also found with Reece's guidance. She was 20 when she went missing in Denton, Texas, also in 1997. Her body was found in a field in Brazoria County.
Reece, who's currently facing a murder charge in a cold case out of Oklahoma, has been cooperating with investigators in exchange for plea deals in at least three murder cases in Texas.
Team USA gymnast and four-time gold medalist Simone Biles was one of the most talked about athletes at the games.
The Spring gymnast won her four gold medals after impressive performances in the women's team all-around, women's vault, women's floor exercise, and women's individual all-around. Her bronze medal was for the women's beam. She was also the flag bearer for the Closing Ceremonies.
Simone Manuel also made her hometown of Houston proud in Rio. The 20-year-old swimmer brought home two gold medals for the women's 100-meter freestyle and the 4x100-meter medley relay. She also earned two silver medals for the women's 50-meter freestyle and 4x100-meter freestyle relay.
Flores was brutally stabbed as he walked home from Marshall Middle School.
The community rallied to find justice for Flores and even organized "Safe Walks" in his honor.
HPD released surveillance video featuring a man running outside an unknown business and an initial suspect was arrested. However, that man provided an alibi and he was let go.
Another suspect was soon arrested and charged. The ex-Marine is awaiting trial.
Armed with a handgun and submachine gun and using his car to stockpile ammunition and a tree for cover, Nathan Desai was firing at innocent people and police in West University Place, shattering an otherwise peaceful morning in September.
Nine people were injured before Desai was shot and killed by officers. Nazi materials were found at the scene.
A brawl erupted on FM 1960 in an apparent road rage incident.
The video shows a man trying to calm down a woman who is arguing with another man, who is a passenger in a white car.
The woman is then seen going back to the white car and saying something to the passenger, who threw a drink at her. The video shows the truck driver coming back into view and kicking the white car's grille.
A brawl erupted as the driver and passenger from the white car chased after the driver of the truck and began punching him. The video shows the woman screaming and trying to break up the fight, but she is punched in the face in the melee.
Just as things calm down in the video and the truck driver and the woman get back into their vehicle, the truck slams into the white car and then takes off on 290 West. The white car sped after them.
A former NFL player and his wife were gunned down inside of their home this summer. Antonio and Dawn Armstrong's teenage son is charged with their murders.
The judge is considering releasing the Armstrong son, but says he has to see a plan on how the 16-year-old will spend his time. We are not releasing the teen's name, since he's a juvenile.
A former Stovall Middle School teacher who admitted to having sex with her 13-year-old student has pleaded guilty.
Alexandria Vera claims she and the teen are in love, and she's been introduced to his family as his girlfriend, court documents state. The boy's parents are reportedly accepting of the relationship, including Vera in family gatherings.
The boy is currently in foster care, ABC13 has learned.
The Houston Texans confirm J.J. Watt placed on the injured reserve list after he re-injured his back.
Watt released this statement on Twitter: "Adversity sucks. Your attitude towards it doesn't have to. I will be back."
Adversity sucks.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 28, 2016
Your attitude towards it doesn't have to.
I will be back. pic.twitter.com/56lhtHYs7r
Watt hasn't stayed out of the limelight, though, with rumors he's dating Houston Dash star Kealia Ohai.
Watt also donated $10,000 to an injured Woodlands High School football player.
Several Texas college football teams played musical chairs with their coaches. The Texas Longhorns has named former University of Houston coach Tom Herman as their next head coach, the university announced. Herman will replace Charlie Strong, who will now coach University of South Florida.
Houston's new coach will be Major Applewhite, the offensive coordinator for the last two seasons.
The Cougars started 2016 on a high note after winning the Peach Bowl against Florida State.