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More flooding is expected in Houston as rain drenches Texas

NOAA VIA THE NEW YORK TIMES / MAY 2 An image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows clouds over East Texas.  More than a foot of rain fell in East Texas Thursday morning, raising the threat of flooding and adding to the deluge in an area that had already seen up to a foot of rain on Sunday.  More heavy rain was on its way.

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NOAA VIA THE NEW YORK TIMES / MAY 2

An image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows clouds over East Texas. More than a foot of rain fell in East Texas Thursday morning, raising the threat of flooding and adding to the deluge in an area that had already seen up to a foot of rain on Sunday. More heavy rain was on its way.

Southeast Texas experienced more heavy rainfall on Sunday, with forecasters warning that flash flooding could happen in Houston after several storms in recent days prompted evacuations and rescues in the area.

The storms worsened dangerous conditions, and forecasters said once the storms passed, rivers could swell for days or even weeks.

About 2.1 million people in Texas were under flood warnings Sunday morning, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said, with many flood gauges in Houston expected to reach or exceed their flood records.

The National Weather Service in Houston said another 1 to 3 inches of rain was expected in southeast Texas and some places could see another 4 to 8 inches of rain. Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes were also possible.

The heavy rain is expected to ease by Sunday evening, the weather service said. Forecasters said that due to the recent rains, flooding could occur sooner than would be expected under normal conditions.

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said that as of 10 a.m. Sunday, there had been 233 human rescues and 164 pet rescues in the county.

As of Sunday morning, Texas authorities had reported no injuries or deaths.

The risk of flash flooding in the Houston area increased Sunday morning, the weather service’s Weather Prediction Center said, and the city was under a flood watch through the evening.

Flash flood warnings, which are issued by the weather service when flooding threatens, were in effect Sunday morning in several Texas counties, including Jasper, Newton and Tyler.

Jeremy Justice, hydrologic operations manager with the Harris County Flood Control District, said Saturday that some parts of Harris County could experience flooding near the record levels reached during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, an event that claimed at least 68 lives and caused $125 billion in damage. injury.

Several rivers in Texas had yet to reach their highest flows on Sunday but were expected to peak in the next 24 hours, FEMA said. After reaching the crest, the rivers’ recession would be slow, keeping waterways above major flood stage through mid-week.

Eleven rivers were at major flood stage on Sunday, meaning the flood had caused excessive flooding of roads and structures and required significant evacuations.

Another 18 rivers experienced moderate flooding, which could inundate some structures and prompt evacuations.

The storms also caused power outages, with about 10,000 customers without power Sunday afternoon, according to Texas energy company Oncor.


This article originally appeared in The New York Times.