Hundreds of people await rescue after heavy rains

The Associated Press

While officials in Harris County, where Houston is located, reported no deaths or major injuries from the flooding, Gov.
After days of heavy rainfall in the Houston area and other parts of Southeast Texas, Monday’s weather was dominated by mostly sunny skies and little if any rain.
Hidalgo said 233 people and 186 pets had been rescued in Harris County over the last few days.
While many of the impacted neighborhoods and subdivisions along the San Jacinto River in Harris County were accessible on Monday, others remained cut off by flooded roadways.
I know we’ll continue to recover from this,” said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
At least five school districts around the Houston area were closed on Monday due to the flooding.
Various counties and communities north and east of the Houston area on Monday were also transitioning from rescue to recovery.
At least 174 water rescues were done in Polk County, where many areas still remained underwater on Monday, Murphy said.


HOUSTON (AP) — After days of intense rain that battered the region and forced hundreds of rescues, including people who were stranded on rooftops, floodwaters in the Houston area and parts of Southeast Texas started to recede on Monday, allowing residents to start going back to their homes and assessing damages.

Although Harris County, the county where Houston is located, officials stated that there were no fatalities or serious injuries due to the flooding, Gov. According to Greg Abbott, the state has seen at least three fatalities. One of the deceased was a 4-year-old child from North Texas, who perished while riding in a car that was carried away by swift-moving waves.

Monday’s weather was characterized by primarily sunny skies and little to no rain, following days of intense rainfall in the Houston region and other parts of Southeast Texas.

Judge Lina Hidalgo, the highest ranking elected official in Harris County, told reporters on Monday that “we can absolutely see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we’ve made it through the worst of this weather event”.

Over the course of the past week, areas around Lake Livingston, which is northeast of Houston, have seen up to 23 inches (58 centimeters) of rain, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jimmy Fowler. The third-largest county in the country, northeastern Harris County, saw a range of rainfall during that time, from 6 inches (15 centimeters) to nearly 17 inches (43 centimeters).

AP Audio: After hundreds of rescues and evacuations, heavy rains in Houston lessen, but flooding still persists.

Reporter Donna Warder for AP discusses flooding in some areas of Texas.

According to Hidalgo, during the past few days, 233 people and 186 animals have been rescued in Harris County. Officials were moving from a response phase into recovery mode and cleanup after active rescues ceased on Monday, according to her.

According to Abbott, local and state authorities in Texas saved over 600 lives. Abbott declared 91 counties affected by the severe weather to be under a state of disaster.

Abbott stated, “Watching our fellow Texans be literally inundated with record water fall has been heart wrenching.”.

On Monday, access to a large number of the affected San Jacinto River neighborhoods and subdivisions in Harris County was possible, but some residents were still cut off by flooded roads.

Our community is strong and resilient. Ed Gonzalez, the sheriff for Harris County, stated, “I know we’ll keep getting over this.

Flooding on Monday forced the closure of at least five school districts in the Houston region.

One of the most vulnerable metro areas to flooding in the nation is Houston. Over 60,000 people were rescued in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey dumped record-breaking rainfall, flooding thousands of homes.

The rainfall from last week did not significantly affect most of Houston, with the exception of the Kingwood neighborhood, where some homes and roads flooded.

According to Abbott, initial reports indicated that the state had sustained damage to at least 800 structures. However, he anticipated that number to rise because authorities in many affected communities had not yet started to evaluate the damage.

On Monday, rescue efforts were shifting to recovery in a number of counties and communities to the north and east of the Houston region.

There’s no doubt in my mind that this will not be a quick recovery. Judge Sydney Murphy of Polk County stated, “It will take a very long time to recover.”.

According to Murphy, Polk County saw at least 174 water rescues on Monday, with many areas still submerged.

While water rescue operations in Walker County had ceased, swift-water rescue teams continued to check on occupants of approximately 100 homes that had chosen not to evacuate but were now unable to do so due to high water, as stated by the county’s deputy emergency management coordinator, Sherri Pegoda. Food and water were being brought to these residents by the rescue teams, she stated.

Pegoda stated that it would take at least one more week or two for the waters to subside sufficiently for them to leave alone.

In a Facebook livestream on Sunday, Sheriff Woody Wallace stated that the people in his county had “suffered much” as he rode a boat through a rural, flooded neighborhood in Trinity County. “.

Wallace was surrounded by partially submerged cars and street signs during the livestream. An armadillo that had been swimming in the floodwaters was once saved by a game warden on the boat.

Wallace remarked, “Poor little thing out here about to drown,” and he said they would bring Sam, the armadillo, to land.

Four-year-old boy drowned in Johnson County, south of Fort Worth, when his car got stuck in swift-moving water close to the Lillian community shortly before two in the morning. me. An official stated on Sunday. The child drowned, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office, and would have turned five later this month.

An officer with the Conroe Police Department died after being hurt when a tornado struck his home in Trinity County on April 28, according to Abbott, and another man in Bosque County washed away by rushing waters. The two other deaths were linked to the severe weather.

Murphy expressed her frustration at having to cope with extreme weather, but added, “We will deal with whatever happens, whatever Mother Nature sends our way.”

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