4 dead after record storms in Texas, Oklahoma, at least 12 missing in one county
These are the worst rains in the US in ages and dozens of people have been killed and many more injured and reported missing in the massive downpour and flooding over the last two days.
In the meantime, the worst affected areas seem to be Texas and Oklahoma where Tornadoes and powerful thunderstorm created panic. As many as a dozen people are still being searched by rescuers. Missing include three young children as well.
In Texas alone around seven people had lost their lives over the holiday weekend’s storms and flooding. A young boy was also reportedly found deep inside a storm drain and was believed to have drowned. and a homecoming queen who was driving home from her prom. As many as four people, according to authorities and rescuers, were confirmed dead in Oklahoma. This also included a firefighter who died during a water rescue.
All the people missing belonged to Wimberley, a small town in Texas. This actually included members of two families who were vacationing together. The house they were staying in was swept away by flash floods on Sunday, relatives told NBC News.
Officials claim that a large number of houses in Wimberley have been completely washed away, while more than 1,200 houses and offices were damaged many of them badly.
Officials claim that the flood took the inhabitants by surprise. Kharley Smith, the emergency management coordinator in Hays County says that waters went up so fast this past Sunday that roads turned to torrents, and 1,000 people were forced to evacuate.
Things are still looking rather very serious and there is no let up as of now. Officials claim that in Hays County, the Blanco River rose to 34 feet within merely three hours on Sunday â€” its height of 40.2 feet breaking a record crest dating to 1929 by nearly six feet.
In the meantime Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in as many as 24 counties, including Hays and Houston, where heavy winds damaged an apartment building and left two people injured Sunday.
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