Tropical Storm Kills One In Houston, Halts Flights, Floods Roads

Clay Curtis
September 21, 2019

Nearly 16 feet of standing water was reported in Huffman, northeast of Houston, when a nearby bayou overflowed.

The Jefferson County sheriff's office said in a Facebook post that residents of an area where a levee was deteriorating should use their boats to pick up neighbors and carry them to safety.

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'We are very proud of Jayden, and his heroic act that helped save two lives today. A preliminary total of 43.15 inches from the storm was measured in Jefferson County, according to the National Weather Service.

Police in Beaumont said the body of 47-year-old Malcolm Foster was found Friday morning in a Toyota Prius that was found in a flooded canal.

The remains of Tropical Storm Imelda with then track inland and bring areas of heavy rain - up to 4 inches - to east Texas and northwestern Louisiana. "That's why our message consistently was, 'We're not out of the woods yet, '" said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the county's top administrator.

The heavy flooding on Thursday morning is making it hard to travel in and around the Houston area.

© Provided by The Associated Press In this photo provided by the Chambers County Sheriff's Office, floodwaters surround a home, Thursday, Sept 19, 2019, in Winnie, Texas.

Large areas of southeast Texas remain flooded Friday as officials work to get a broader sense of the damage left by Tropical Depression Imelda - a catastrophic weather event that swamped hundreds of cars and homes and claimed the lives of at least two people.

Mike Davis left and Trent Tipton both line workers from Woodville Texas walk through floodwater to try to restore power for a customer on Friday Sept. 20 2019 in the Mauriceville Texas area. Floodwaters are starting to recede in most of the Hous

The relentless, heavy rain is continuing to slam parts of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana Thursday afternoon.

The U.S. Coast Guard says surging currents caused nine barges to break away from their moorings in the San Jacinto River.

More than 900 flights were cancelled or delayed in Houston. Airports in the city resumed operating normally on Friday.

Ed Gonzalez, sheriff for Harris County, which includes Houston, confirmed the second death from the storm.

This week's storms flooded Houston and Southeast Texas, with preliminary data compiled by the National Weather Service (NWS) suggesting Imelda is the seventh wettest tropical cyclone in US history and the fourth wettest in Texan history. More than 33 inches of rain has fallen in Hamshire since Tuesday - and over 2 feet of that rainfall within 12 hours. "At this point we haven't been able to fully assess what's happened". The storm dumped more than 5 feet (1.5 metres) of water on the town of Nederland, Texas, near the Louisiana border.

Hawthorne said emergency workers completed more than 300 rescues overnight and some residents were up on their roofs because of rising floodwaters.

The small town of Winnie, about 60 miles (100 km) east of Houston, was also badly hit.

Sylvester Turner, the mayor of Houston - the fourth-largest city in the USA - joined other Texas officials in urging drivers to stay off the roads.

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