Five dead, homes destroyed, and horses floundering in Houston’s historic floods yesterday as more heavy rain is predicted today

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
By Paul Martin

At least five people are recorded dead amid the historic floods swamping Houston, Texas, on Monday
The city saw 15 inches of rain on Sunday. Normally, Houston sees just 4 inches of rain in the entire month of April
More than 1,200 residents were rescued from floods Monday while 1,000 homes were flooded in Harris County alone
Forecaster warn more heavy rain is predicted for today while rising floodwaters have caused further evacuations
Officials are assessing two dams rated as ‘extremely high risk’ which are expected to reach 50 percent capacity
On Monday a TV reporter was preparing to go live when he saw and saved a man whose car was getting submerged
Families have been pictured wading through waist-deep water with belongings in plastic bags, kids on shoulders

By Mia De Graaf and Kelly Mclaughlin
19 April 2016

Five people died in historic Houston floods yesterday after a month’s worth of rain fell in just one hour – as more heavy rain is predicted today.

Hundreds of residents had to be evacuated from their homes across Harris County this morning as floodwaters continue to rise after flash floods caused chaos in Texas on Monday when a month’s worth of rain fell in just one hour.

The National Weather Service is now warning that there is a 50 percent chance of more rain falling on the Houston area Tuesday and has issued a flash flood watch through Wednesday morning.

Officials are also assessing two dams on Houston’s west side which were rated ‘extremely high risk,’ according to the Houston Chronicle.

Both the Addicks and Barker Dams are expected to fill to at least 50 per cent capacity today. While experts do not believe they will fail, the Chronicle warned that it could potentially cause dozens of deaths and $60 billion in damage.

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