canada africa partner reservation 224 people rescued during Texas flood watch: ‘We are not out of the woods yet’

224 people rescued during Texas flood watch: ‘We are not out of the woods yet’


(HOUSTON, Texas) – More than 20 million people remain under flood watch Sunday in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Harris County, Texas, Judge Lina Hidalgo said Sunday that 224 people and 153 pets were rescued during the flooding. No deaths or injuries have been reported.

“Unfortunately, what we saw was actually what we predicted, which was a lot of flooding,” Hidalgo had said Saturday, noting that in some areas there was flooding “all the way up to the power lines.”

The east fork of the San Jacinto River peaked at 80 feet above sea level and water is still rising on the west fork, Hidalgo said.

The judge warned that it was too late for residents to evacuate without calling 911.

“We are not out of the woods yet and some degree of uncertainty remains,” Hidalgo said.

Several rivers in the Houston area are in major flood stage, with the Trinity River, located northeast of Houston, likely to swell to its highest level on record on Sunday.

Heavy rain will fall across the Houston area Sunday afternoon and late evening. At this point, any rainfall is a problem as the ground is completely saturated and the waterways have deteriorated.

The area from Beaumont to College Station, or north and east of Houston, received 800% of normal rainfall last week.

Flooding on the Trinity River in Texas, east of Houston, will continue at major flood stage for at least the next week.

Not only is it forecast to exceed Hurricane Harvey in 2017, it will likely surpass the 1945 record.

The heaviest rainfall eased across southeast Texas Saturday morning, meaning the region will experience a reprieve for the day.

However, another massive amount of heavy rain will occur on Sunday, which is expected to drench the region with another 1 to 3 inches of rain. Heavy rain should also fall across much of Oklahoma, with cities like Oklahoma City and Tulsa also seeing 1 to 3 inches.

Additionally, the severe weather threat is expected to shift eastward into the Houston area on Sunday, bringing a flood rain chance as more severe thunderstorms are possible in the central plains from Dallas to Sioux Falls on Monday.

Parts of the country could see the first scorching heat wave of the year by mid-week next year as temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s and 100s across much of the South.

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