Tuesday, May 26
Houston, Texas flood today
From the same USA TODAY report, filed at 6:11 PM, I quoted in the previous post about the flooding in Wimberley, Texas:
In Houston, almost another foot of rain fell Tuesday. High water and flooding made many of the region's roads impassable, prompting many officials to urge residents to stay home.
The fourth-largest city in the USA suffered some of its worst flooding in years as much of the city and its freeway system were under water.
Torrential rains sent Houston bayous out of their banks overnight, flooding hundreds of homes and stranding thousands of drivers. Houston firefighters reported they were called to more than 500 water-related rescues.
Mayor Annise Parker said as many as 4,000 properties may have suffered "significant damage."
The dead Tuesday were in the Houston area. Two victims were found in cars in Houston, and two more were pulled from Brays Bayou, a watershed in southwest Harris County and portions of Fort Bend County.
In a tweet to USA TODAY, Titus Chow, who lives on Bays Bayou, took a photo of a helicopter circling to pull a body from the bayou. Chow said the photo was taken near the University of Houston.
Three others in the Houston area were still missing Tuesday.
On Interstate 10, one of Houston's busiest freeways, a trip that is usually a five-minute drive to downtown, was virtually impassable.
The heavy rain caused a traffic nightmare with miles of stuck cars. Some people either slept in their cars or abandoned them. Some drivers also had to contend with water inside their vehicles.
Emergency officials spent the overnight hours rescuing hundreds of stranded drivers.