(HOUSTON) — Houston is reeling from floods that swept across the area Monday morning, leaving five people dead, hundreds displaced and thousands more without power.
The Houston Office of Emergency Management said two people were found dead in separate cars within the city limits, while another person was found in a vehicle on a toll road on the outskirts of the city. In Walker County, a teacher died in the rising flood waters and another person died in Austin County Monday.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for seven counties. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also urged residents to stay home, citing the severe floods.
Urging Texans to exercise caution and heed warnings from local officials as the state faces more severe weather https://t.co/otZxQeqWmn— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) April 18, 2016
CenterPoint Energy said more than 13,000 customers were still without power. Meanwhile, 800 flights were canceled at Houston’s Bush Airport.
The Houston Independent School District, the state’s largest, and many other schools affected by the flooding are closed again Tuesday.
All #HISD schools and offices are closed today (4/19) because of the impact of recent flooding on regional mobility.— Houston ISD (@HoustonISD) April 19, 2016
Close to 20 inches of rain have fallen in northwest Harris County since Sunday evening, making April the wettest month on record, according to ABC News meteorologist Max Golembo.
Although the historic rainfall has ended, he said, more rain is in the forecast for eastern Texas.
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