Storms bringing as much as seven inches of rain drenched North Texas overnight into Friday, prompting hundreds of calls for emergency assistance and adding to the woes of the state where 18 people have been killed in severe weather this week.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the Dallas area on Friday morning and a flash flood watch for an area stretching from central Texas into central Kansas.
The seven inches (17.8 cm) in North Texas from Thursday morning into Friday comes after storms dumped seven inches on Austin on Monday and as much as 11 inches (28 cm) overnight on Monday in the Houston area.
Hundreds of people spent the night in evacuation shelters across Texas as this week’s floods turned streets into rivers, ripped homes off their foundations, and swept over thousands of vehicles.
In Houston alone, more than 4,000 structures have been damaged by floods that hit the fourth-biggest U.S. city this week.
In central Texas overnight, Travis County firefighters rescued 21 people from a drifting houseboat while Johnson County emergency workers rescued 14 drivers and residents. No injuries were reported, officials said.
Before Thursday night’s storm, the state had already shattered rainfall records for the month. The Office of the Texas State Climatologist at Texas A&M University said so far in May the state had received 7.54 inches (19 cm) of rainfall on average before Thursday. That breaks the record of 6.66 inches (17 cm) set in June 2004, based on records dating back to 1895.
Rescue efforts continue in Wimberley, Texas following storms
Search and recovery efforts continue in the U.S. state of Texas. The rains have let up for the moment, allowing cleanup work to pick up steam. CCTV America’s Hendrik Sybrandy filed this report from one of the hardest-hit communities, Wimberley, in central Texas.