Texas Reeling After Deadly Historic Floods Sweep Through Houston, Displacing Hundreds

iStock/Thinkstock(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.

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.

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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