At least two people were killed by the slow-moving remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda that flooded parts of Texas, while rescue crews with boats struggled to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes, AP has reported.
The city's mayor, Sylvester Turner, was cited as saying on Friday September 20th, that floodwaters had started receding in most of the Houston area by Thursday night. Law enforcement officers worked well into the night to clear freeways of vehicles stalled and stranded because of flooding, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.
There had been at least 1,700 high-water evacuations and rescues to get people to shelter as the intensity of the rain was surprising even to those braced for floods, officials in Harris County said. The storm also flooded parts of southwestern Louisiana, ABC news reported.
Authorities at one point warned that a levee could break near Beaumont in Jefferson County along the Texas Gulf Coast. More than 900 flights were cancelled or delayed in Houston. During Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Beaumont's only pump station was swamped by floodwaters, leaving residents without water service for more than a week.