Parts of Texas are underwater as Tropical Depression Imelda dropped more than 40 inches of rain in some counties around the Houston area.
The storm moved into the area on Tuesday with gusts of wind up to 50 mph.
On Thursday evening, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Twitter that he had declared a state of emergency in 13 counties so that counties could have access to state resources.
I’ve declared a state emergency amid amid flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda.
This gives counties counties access to state resources as they respond to the flooding.
This adds to water rescue squads already deployed by TX.#txlege
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 19, 2019
According to ABC News, at least two people have been killed as a result of the flooding. One man, 19-year-old Hunter Morrison, was “electrocuted and drowned” while trying to move his horse during a thunderstorm, the Jefferson County sheriff’s office reports.
Another man from Harris County reportedly died after he drove his van into floodwaters, and it became submerged.
The Huston Fire Department also responded to a building collapse. According to a statement on the HFD Twitter, “The flat roof of a post office facility mail distribution area collapsed. The building was occupied at the time, but everyone made it out.” Three people were reportedly transferred to nearby hospitals with minor injuries.
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Source: Christian Headlines