In Dallas, more than 200 people, all believed to be in cars, were rescued overnight, according to the Dallas Office of Emergency Management.
(Rachel Denny Clow/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP).
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” “The 7″ in north Texas from Thursday morning into Friday comes after storms dumped as much as 11” (28cm) overnight on Monday in the Houston area, where more than 4,000 structures were damaged in floods. The wettest area has been from Dallas-Fort Worth to the Red River, where some places have gotten more than 20 inches of rain.
The body of a boy was recovered on Wednesday near San Marcos, Hays County officials said. Streets flooded, vehicles became trapped and water seeped into homes. Dallas Fire Rescue said early Friday that crews have responded to about 260 calls that include vehicles trapped in high water and accidents related to the weather since midnight Thursday.
Johnson County officials say they have evacuated 12 people who were caught in floodwaters.
Oakley also said for the first time that five people are missing in Blanco County.
“Floodwaters are never safe to play around, take a picture around, walk around”, Jenkins said.
“We came back out here today to get a few of our things that we had parked by the road”, said Brian Harmon, who lives in suburban Kingwood.
She says a 43-foot crest would likely flood several residential streets in low-lying areas of Wharton, a city of roughly 8,500 residents about 60 miles southwest of Houston.
A portion of the San Jacinto River in Houston has been overflowing onto roadways affecting four subdivisions, limiting the ability of some residents to leave or return home.
“Everybody’s worried about it”, James Simms said from his second-story balcony, looking down at a flood that had reached his garage.
Thirteen people are still considered missing in Texas, but officials say everyone who went missing in Houston has been accounted for. She was hoping the barrier would prevent debris carried by the rising river from damaging her home. Bodies found on Thursday raised the confirmed death toll to at least 24, including storm victims from Oklahoma.
The Brazos River has flooded about 30 miles (50 km) west of Fort Worth and is expected to crest on Thursday evening. About 250 homeowners along the Brazos were asked to evacuate earlier after water was released into the river from rain-stoked Possum Kingdom Lake.
Many cities were still in danger of flooding as heavy rain from earlier in the week poured downstream, pushing rivers over their banks.
Richmond and Lake Jackson city officials are warning residents about the Brazos River rising above flood levels.
Paula Favors, a spokeswoman for the city of Wharton, says the mayor ordered those homes evacuated by 5:30 p.m. Friday.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch on Thursday stretching from south of San Antonio to Dallas, through Oklahoma, where severe weather this week killed an additional six people, and into Kansas.
“Before Thursday night’s storm, Texas climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said that so far in May the state had received 7.54” (19cm) of rainfall on average.
Just weeks ago, much of the state was parched with varying levels of drought. But the same drenching rainfall that paralyzed parts of Houston and swept away a vacation home with eight people inside also offered relief from a long dry spell.
Parker County Judge Mark Riley has declared a disaster and has urged residents all along the Brazos River and other flood prone areas in Parker County to remain vigilant and to avoid high waters.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch from Central Texas into Missouri, with the additional rain swelling Texas rivers already at dangerously high levels.