(19 Sep 2019) The remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda unleashed torrential rain Thursday in parts of Texas and Louisiana, prompting hundreds of water rescues, a hospital evacuation and road closures as the powerful storm system drew comparisons to Hurricane Harvey two years ago.
Officials in Harris County, which includes Houston, said there had been a combination of at least 1,000 high-water rescues and evacuations to get people to shelter, in anticipation of the lingering threat.
Although the amount of predicted rainfall is massive — forecasters say some places could see 40 inches (100 centimeters) or more this week — Imelda’s deluge is largely targeting areas east of Houston, including the small town of Winnie and the city of Beaumont.
Cecille Long of Nome, Texas located 20 miles west of Beaumont said after moving her car from flooded areas near her home she was prevented from going back inside due to rising waters. She said, “I thought, well, I could go back in the water hadn’t crept in. But by the time I went back and walked around the house two or three times the water was creeping in.”
The Houston area faced heavy rains Thursday, leading forecasters to issue a flash flood emergency through midday Thursday for Harris County.
In that area, forecasters said 3 to 5 inches (7.5 centimeters to 12.5 centimeters) of rain is possible per hour.
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