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US 'I Can't Do This': Imelda Left Texas With at Least 5 Deaths and Historic Rainfall

15:55  21 september  2019
15:55  21 september  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

Flash flooding in eastern Texas forces hospital evacuation, home rescues

Flash flooding in eastern Texas forces hospital evacuation, home rescues Flash floods have dumped more than two feet of rain in parts of Texas, with the National Weather Service issuing a flash flood emergency for some areas.

Imelda has brought intense rain to Texas -- in some places more than 21 inches -- resulting in a flash flood emergency being issued for portions of Texas early Thursday, according to the National Weather Service's Lake ‘ I Can ’ t Do This ’: Imelda Left Texas With at Least 5 Deaths and Historic Rainfall .

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BEAUMONT, Tex. — The flooding rose as high as Archie Pugh’s wheelchair.

After surging water from Tropical Depression Imelda rushed into his house and up against his wheels, Mr. Pugh, who has a partial leg amputation, could not wait for 911. He perched himself on the arm of a sofa, hoping for help.

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Eventually hauled to safety in a rescue boat, Mr. Pugh and his wife, Elizabeth, left an evacuation shelter near their home in Beaumont, Tex., on Friday, armed with a sleeping cot and a garbage bag full of pillows and blankets. Only two years after Hurricane Harvey, their house was again awash with water — and they were again in need of a place to stay.

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“It’s an experience I never want to go through again,” said Elizabeth Pugh, 49.

As the remnants of Imelda moved north on Friday, residents in southeast Texas were left to deal with waterlogged homes, blocked roads and flash flooding conditions from a storm that dumped as much as 43 inches of water in some areas to become one of the wettest tropical cyclones in United States history.

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The heaviest rainfall had ended by Thursday night in southeast Texas , but forecasters warned that parts of northeast Texas , Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana could see flash flooding as Imelda ’s remnants shifted to the north. Imelda ’s remnants on Thursday led to the deaths of two men.

As the floodwaters rose and receded on Friday, a fuller picture of the devastation began to emerge. At least five people had died, including a man who drowned while trying to move his horse. Three others had been driving when their vehicles got caught in flooding. The authorities also said that a man whose body was found in a ditch outside Houston on Friday had apparently drowned from storm-related flooding, The Associated Press reported.

Across southeastern Texas, highways were shut down, routines were disrupted and people were struggling to get to work. Some, like Charlotte Kinsey, were sick with worry over missing family members.

Ms. Kinsey fled her three-bedroom trailer home in Winnie, Tex., on Thursday afternoon as the floodwaters rose around her and her 3-week-old daughter, Niomi Grace Galley. But she had not heard from her 17-year-old son, Trevor Coffey, who had not been seen since he returned from a job interview late Wednesday. Adding to her concerns, Trevor has a mental health diagnosis that requires medication, she said.

“I don’t know if he’s O.K.,” she said. “And he can’t swim.”

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CHINA, Texas (AP) — The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda that flooded parts of Texas left at least two people dead and rescue crews Fred Stewart, left , is helped to high ground by Splendora Police officer Mike Jones after he was rescued from his flooded neighborhood as rains

Audio for this article is not available at this time. This translation has been automatically generated and has Imelda ’s aftermath is also blamed for major travel headaches as motorists slogged through The heaviest rainfall had ended by Thursday night in southeast Texas , but forecasters warned that

Even being at the shelter reminded her of Trevor: Together they had evacuated to the same shelter in Anahuac, Tex., two years ago.

A man wades out through floodwaters caused by heavy rain spawned by Tropical Depression Imelda inundates the area on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Patton Village.

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“This is Harvey all over again and we barely made it out the last time,” Ms. Kinsey said. “We’re talking about going to my mother’s in Colorado. I can’t do this. I’m not putting my kids through this anymore.”

One possibility for Trevor’s whereabouts had emerged late Thursday: A Greyhound bus had been stranded for hours on flooded Interstate 10, and those inside were on the way to the shelter. But it turned out to be a false lead. Trevor was not on the bus.

Still at the shelter, Ms. Kinsey said in a text message on Friday that her son remained missing.

Rod Carroll, the chief of police in Vidor, Tex., outside Beaumont, was still orchestrating water rescues on Friday from the police station where he had been posted for nearly 36 hours.

Since early Thursday morning, his employees had helped rescue dozens of people in the city of 10,000, and he estimated that a few hundred homes in the area had flooded. His was one of them.

Chief Carroll had been monitoring the radio from bed overnight on Thursday when he heard reports of severe flooding and people trapped in cars. When he got up to report for duty at about 1:30 a.m., he saw that water had started trickling in downstairs. He and his wife hustled to grab photos of their children and knickknacks from his wife’s parents, but soon the first floor was covered in a foot and a half of water.

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At least two dead as hundreds of homes flooded and thousands left without power. I can ’ t do this . Forecasters predicted scattered and diminished rain on Friday, but warned that any additional rainfall could cause flash flooding in an area already saturated to the extreme.

At least two deaths have been blamed on the storm. 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

“It came in like a wall,” he said.

They had been through this before, during Harvey, and Chief Carroll estimated it would again take them about 14 months to rebuild.

He has been sleeping on the floor in his office since the storm began, but he briefly stopped home on Friday afternoon to kiss his wife goodbye before she went to stay with their adult children in Beaumont, which also saw heavy flooding.

“I picked out some clean clothes and took a shower, and came back to work,” he said.

Much of southeast Texas — from Houston to Beaumont to rural areas further south — absorbed nine or more inches of rain from Tuesday morning to Thursday night. Areas southwest of Beaumont were hit hardest, with an extraordinary 43 inches near Fannett, Tex. That tally made Imelda the seventh-wettest tropical cyclone on record in the United States, according to the National Weather Service.

In a given year, southeast Texas typically sees about 63 inches of rainfall.

Climate change tends to increase the amount of rainfall during storms because a warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, but scientists must evaluate individual storms after the fact to determine how climate change contributed. (Researchers found that the record rainfall during Harvey was as much as 38 percent higher than would be expected in a world that was not warming.)

Though the rain largely trickled off on Friday, forecasters warned that any amount of additional rainfall could cause flash flooding in an area already saturated.

In Chambers County, a rural area south of Beaumont that was among the hardest hit, a sheriff’s deputy made the rounds in an aging military truck that rumbled through water that was several feet deep. The conditions left other people to walk their bicycles in knee-deep water, or to travel by four-wheeler. Many drove tractors that could get through the muck with their large, durable tires.

Shannon Dye, a longtime resident of Hankamer, Tex., splashed through town on her John Deere tractor. She had to make a delivery.

“Potato soup,” Ms. Dye said, managing a smile. “For my sister.”

Margaret Toal reported from Beaumont, Sarah Mervosh from New York and Mitchell Ferman from Hankamer, Tex. Manny Fernandez contributed reporting from Anahuac, Tex., and Mihir Zaveri and Mariel Padilla from New York.

Margaret Toal reported from Beaumont, Sarah Mervosh from New York and Mitchell Ferman from Hankamer, Tex. Manny Fernandez contributed reporting from Anahuac, Tex.

Aftermath of Imelda still has people and livestock in southeast Texas seeking higher ground .
For most people in southeast Texas not dealing with flood-damaged property, Imelda is a slightly distant memory, with the floodwaters largely receded. But in many areas, especially near Beaumont, some roadways and fields are still underwater. Recently, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Beaumont office posted this video on Twitter of rancher herding their cattle out of flooded fields. "We have seen an issue with livestock seeking higher ground along roadways," the TxDOT tweet states. "Please use caution while traveling. Ranchers are busy trying to herd them to safer locations.

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