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US'It's bad': Water rescues begin as Imelda soaks east Texas

16:15  19 september  2019
16:15  19 september  2019 Source:   ap.org

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 deluged parts of Southeast Texas with nearly 20 inches of rain, but officials in Houston The worst of the flooding is east of Houston, and some local officials said the rainfall Thursday is " It ' s bad . Homes that did not flood in Harvey are flooding now," Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said.

As Tropical Storm Imelda began to soak the Texas coast on Tuesday, Houston officials made preparations for Meanwhile, rescue boats were staged and high- water vehicles were ready for use in the Houston area It ' s been dry for a while here as we've come through summer," Lindner told the AP.

'It's bad': Water rescues begin as Imelda soaks east Texas
'It's bad': Water rescues begin as Imelda soaks east Texas
'It's bad': Water rescues begin as Imelda soaks east Texas
'It's bad': Water rescues begin as Imelda soaks east Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — Rain from Tropical Depression Imelda deluged parts of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, prompting hundreds of water rescues, a hospital evacuation and road closures in areas east of Houston that were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey two years ago.

Texas flooding: Imelda rains, flooding 'worse than (Hurricane) Harvey'

  Texas flooding: Imelda rains, flooding 'worse than (Hurricane) Harvey' First responders were overwhelmed by 911 calls for high water rescues as Tropical Depression Imelda drenched Winnie and Beaumont, Texas with rain.Authorities in Jefferson County, east of Houston, said some localized areas have seen more than 40 inches of rain in the last three days. More was coming.

Water rescues underway as Imelda drenches parts of Texas . Mayor Sylvester Turner said Wednesday that, though the city was spared some of the worst rainfall, Houstonians should "We just have to be mindful that we're living in a day and time where it doesn't have to be a hurricane, it can

Water rescues underway as Imelda drenches parts of Texas . The remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda spawned several tornadoes east of Houston, destroying some structures and It ' s still far from land, but it ' s gaining intensity and forward speed on a path to approach the Leeward Islands as a

Forecasters warned that Imelda could bring up to 35 inches (90 centimeters) of rain this week in some areas of Texas through Friday. The storm system also brought the risk of severe weather and prompted tornado warnings Thursday morning in the areas hit hardest by the flooding.

No reports of deaths or injuries related to the storm were immediately reported Thursday.

In Winnie, a town of about 3,200 people located 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Houston, a hospital was evacuated and water is inundating several homes and businesses. The Chambers County Sheriff's Office said Winnie is "being devastated by rising water" and water rescues are ongoing.

The worst of the flooding is east of Houston, and some local officials said the rainfall Thursday is causing flooding worse than what happened during Hurricane Harvey .

Man dies after being pulled from submerged vehicle in north Houston

  Man dies after being pulled from submerged vehicle in north Houston First responders did their best to rescue a man from a submerged vehicle on Will Clayton near 59. Harris County Sheriff’s deputies dove into the water to try and save him. The victim was unconscious when they pulled him out. Emergency crews performed CPR on the man, believed to be 40 to 50 years old. He was rushed by ambulance to an area hospital but he later died. "The water level was about 8-feet high. The driver paused briefly, then accelerated into the water, causing his van to go under," Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted.A witness said the man was underwater for about 20 minutes. HCSO initially said there are other people rescued from the van but later said they weren't sure.

Tropical Depression Imelda is expected to continue dumping rain on portions of eastern Texas over As Imelda continues to crawl northward during the next few days, inland eastern Texas can expect The report also warns residents to be especially cautious at night, “when it is harder to recognize the

Imelda Brings Heavy Rain and Flash Flood Watches to Parts of Texas . Meteorologist Danielle Banks has the latest update for Imelda . At a Glance. It ' s important to note that rainfall amounts could vary greatly over short distances, so it ' s difficult to predict exactly where the worst flooding could occur.

In Beaumont, a city of just under 120,000 people that's located about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) from the Gulf of Mexico, authorities said all service roads are impassable and two local hospitals are inaccessible, the Beaumont Enterprise reported. The Beaumont Police Department said on Twitter that 911 has received requests for more than 250 high water rescues and 270 evacuations.

"It's bad. Homes that did not flood in Harvey are flooding now," Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said. During Harvey, Beaumont's only pump station was swamped by floodwaters , leaving residents without water service for more than a week.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for several counties, saying "life-threatening amounts of rainfall" have fallen and more is expected in the area Thursday. Imelda's center was located about 110 miles (180 kilometers) north of Houston early Thursday and was moving north-northwest at 5 mph (7 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center.

High schooler saves woman and toddler from Imelda flooding

  High schooler saves woman and toddler from Imelda flooding Other Texans used a rope and hammer to rescue a trapped truck driverCities are now submerged under water and some areas are seeing upwards of five feet of rain. At least two deaths have been blamed on the storm, and crews performed more than 1,000 fire rescues – but police and fire rescue teams also had to rely on good-hearted citizens to help others escape danger. Just north of Houston in Aldine, high school football player Jayden Payne jumped into a car to help save a woman and her toddler after she drove her SUV into a ditch with about 15 feet of water.

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Tropical Depression Imelda , which had been a tropical storm when it made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast on Tuesday, was still causing very heavy rainfall in Montgomery, Liberty, and Chambers counties, all of which are north and east of Houston, the National Weather Service said early Thursday.

Heavy rainfall occurred Wednesday in many areas and spawned several weak tornadoes in the Baytown area, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Houston, damaging trees, barns and sheds and causing minor damage to some homes and vehicles.

Coastal counties, including Brazoria, Matagorda and Galveston, were hit hard by rainfall through Wednesday. Sargent, a town of about 2,700 residents in Matagorda County, had received nearly 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain since Tuesday.

Karen Romero, who lives with her husband in Sargent, said Wednesday this was the most rain she has had in her neighborhood in her nine years living there.

"The rain (Tuesday) night was just massive sheets of rain and lightning storms," said Romero, 57.

She said her home, located along a creek, was not in danger of flooding as it sits on stilts, like many others nearby.

In the Houston area, the rainfall flooded some roadways Wednesday, stranding drivers, and caused several creeks and bayous to rise to high levels.

The National Hurricane Center said Imelda weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall Tuesday near Freeport, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (64 kph).

The weather service said Imelda is the first named storm to impact the Houston area since Hurricane Harvey dumped nearly 50 inches (130 centimeters) of rain on parts of the flood-prone city in August 2017, flooding more than 150,000 homes in the Houston area and causing an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas.

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Associated Press writer Jill Bleed contributed to this report from Little Rock, Arkansas.

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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