Apr 18, 2016

Texas flooding kills at least 5; Governor declares state of emergency

Houston, TX
USA
by
Sean Breslin
,
Weather Wunderground
Photo: USA Today
Photo: USA Today

The governor of Texas has declared a state of emergency in nine counties after widespread, deadly flooding hit Monday morning. Rainfall came down at rates as high as four inches an hour, flooding waterways at rapid rates and leaving residents trapped in their own homes and vehicles.

At least five people have been confirmed dead. According to the Houston Chronicle, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett confirmed four dead in the county. Waller County officials say one person was killed there. The Houston Police Department is also investigating possible deaths, but has not released details on how many