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Fatal Floods: Record-Setting Storm Swamps Houston

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HOUSTON - When it rains it pours and pours and keeps pouring. It’s led to an onslaught of storms that flooded downtown Austin and swept away a dozen folks in a Wimberley River resort over the Memorial Day weekend.

Now the rain is flooding our neighbors to the south. Parts of Houston are at a virtual standstill Tuesday as freeways, including I-45, were forced to shut down.

That's because Houston had at least 10-inches of rain dumped on the city overnight. All rail and bus services have been canceled for safety reasons and Houston ISD closed all its schools Tuesday.


The city has declared a Level 1 emergency, the highest in its four-tiered system. This is the first time Houston has gone to Level 1 since Hurricane Ike back in 2008.

Mother Nature even forced the all-powerful NFL to its knees. The Texans canceled the start of off-season workouts due to all the wet water.

The Memorial weekend weather in Texas and Oklahoma is being blamed for at least 5 deaths with more than a dozen people missing.

The news doesn’t look like it’s going to get better any time soon as more rain is predicted for Houston this week. So buckle up folks, looks like this water ride is only beginning.

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