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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

‘Unprecedented’ – 5 dead as record rainfall floods Houston-Pray For The Saints In Tx and World Wide

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April 2016 – HOUSTON, TX – More than a foot of rain deluged parts of Houston on Monday, leaving five dead as surging waters flooded homes and highways for thousands of residents who were warned to stay inside. Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in nine counties, hundreds of flights were canceled, mass transit was shut down and schools were closed after a season’s worth of rain fell in just a matter of hours. Almost 17 inches of rain had inundated the city by 2 p.m. ET.
Bush Intercontinental Airport grappled with nearly 650 flight cancellations and more than 1,100 delays. METRO Houston also suspended all rail and bus services, as swaths of the city and nearby Waller County were walloped with 16.8 inches of rain before noon, according to the National Weather Service. Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District, warned of a “life-threatening situation” due to flash flooding developing in northwest Harris County. “Stay where you are,” Lindner added.

Harris County’s chief administrator, Judge Ed Emmett, signed an emergency declaration for the county, saying more than 1,000 homes had already been flooded, and city and county authorities had responded to more than 1,500 flooding emergencies.  More than a foot of rain deluged parts of Houston on Monday, leaving five dead as surging waters flooded homes and highways for thousands of residents who were warned to stay inside. Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in nine counties, hundreds of flights were canceled, mass transit was shut down and schools were closed after a season’s worth of rain fell in just a matter of hours. Almost 17 inches of rain had inundated the city by 2 p.m. ET.

Bush Intercontinental Airport grappled with nearly 650 flight cancellations and more than 1,100 delays. METRO Houston also suspended all rail and bus services, as swaths of the city and nearby Waller County were walloped with 16.8 inches of rain before noon, according to the National Weather Service. Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District, warned of a “life-threatening situation” due to flash flooding developing in northwest Harris County. “Stay where you are,” Lindner added. Harris County’s chief administrator, Judge Ed Emmett, signed an emergency declaration for the county, saying more than 1,000 homes had already been flooded, and city and county authorities had responded to more than 1,500 flooding emergencies.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner closed all city buildings and canceled the State of the City address that had been scheduled for Monday. “This is a dangerous situation and I do not want our employees trying to get to work,” Turner said. “Do not go out until conditions improve.” Houston Independent School District was also closed Monday, according to the district. Eight buildings were damaged by the water, Turner said, and 43,000 people in the Houston area were without power — down from a peak of 123,000, according to CenerPoint Energy.

Turner warned that the situation could get much worse as seven bayous across Harris County had exceeded their banks, and two damns were at risk of breaking. “This is an unprecedented amount of rain,” Turner said. “It’s been stubborn, and it’s not moving anytime fast.” Five people were found dead inside submerged vehicles, including two in a car that drove around a barricade and into a flooded underpass, Emmett said during an afternoon news conference. A third person who was driving an 18-wheeler was also found dead, and a fourth person was discovered “in a vehicle with water,” city officials said in a statement, adding that it was unclear if the fatality was “directly” linked to the flooding.

In nearby Waller County, Judge Trey Duhon said that a 56-year-old man was found dead inside what appeared to be a car filled with water. Turner said that even though the rain was tapering off — though additional wet weather was expected Monday night — flood levels would remain high. In three areas areas around the city that faced severe flooding and where people remained stranded, workers were conducting rescue operations on Monday afternoon. –NBC News

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