Severe storms hit Southeast Texas on Monday and Tuesday, and many roads were blocked due to flooding and high water. Officials have warned residents to stay at home. Heavy rain left two people dead in the Houston area. A body was found in a car in southwest Houston, while another victim was pulled from Brays Bayou. Brays Bayou is located in southwest Harris County. It looks like the fourth-largest city in the United States is faced with the worst flooding in years. Media report that large portions of Houston are under water.
There were huge traffic jams along Interstate 10, one of the busiest freeways in Houston. Footage shows that many cars were abandoned or people were sleeping in them. Hundreds of drivers were saved from unbearable conditions on Houston's roads. Some 200 schools announced closures. Disasters were declared in 37 counties by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Commenting on the scale of destruction, Abbott said “It’s absolutely massive.”
President Barack Obama promised assistance for rescue and recovery operations after he had a talk with Abbott. Severe weather conditions caused around 200 basketball fans to get stuck in Houston’s Toyota Center early on Tuesday. A tornado destroyed areas of Central Texas and caused death of one person. The man allegedly lost his life when his mobile home was destroyed. The identity of the victim has not been released.
Twelve people have been reported missing after their vacation home was taken away by floods over Memorial Day Weekend.
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