(HOUSTON) — Flash flooding in Houston has left roads blocked, drivers stranded and homes destroyed, according to officials.
Roadways in the Houston area are blocked, drivers are stranded and homes have been destroyed due to flash flooding, according to officials.
Between 6 and 10 inches of rain had fallen in the region by early Tuesday, with additional rain possible.
As a result of the rainfall and flooded roadways, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for the Texas counties of Harris and Fort Bend. Residents are urged not to travel unless they are fleeing a flooded area. That emergency was set to expire at 2:45 a.m. local time.
The high water shut down the Katy Freeway eastbound and westbound at the 610 West loop.
Hundreds of homes are currently impacted by the flooding, Harris County Emergency management said.
The White Oak Bayou in Houston is rapidly rising and spilling over highways. It is currently at major flood stage and is expected to rise to more than 40 feet, according to the National Weather Service. The last time the bayou crested to this level was during Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Those conditions caused some fans at Houston’s Toyota Center to remain in their seats following Monday’s Western Conference Finals basketball game between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.
Fans and players were asked not to leave the arena following the Rockets’ 128-115 Game 4 victory.
The flash flooding follows a series of deadly, powerful storms across the southern Great Plains. Earlier Monday, a tornado ripped through Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, a city on the U.S.-Mexico border, killing at least 13 people.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott added 24 counties Monday to the list of those where he has declared a state of emergency, and he said with more rain in the forecast, he could add additional counties.
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