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More storms move through Houston area; hundreds already rescued from floodwaters

Houston is one of the most flood-prone metro areas in the United States.

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More storms were moving through the already saturated Houston area on Sunday, where flooding from heavy rains has led to the rescue of hundreds of people from homes, rooftops, and roads.

“It’s going to be raining through the day and some of the storms could be producing the heavier downpours,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Hayley Adams.

Over the last week, areas near Lake Livingston, located northeast of Houston, have gotten upwards of 50 centimeters of rain, she said, while there has been as much as 30 centimeters of rain in that period in areas of northeastern Harris County, the nation’s third-largest county that includes Houston.

Adams said the storms coming through Sunday were expected to bring up to 8 centimeters of rainfall, with up to 20 centimeters possible in some areas.

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Houston authorities have not reported any deaths or injuries as a wide region from Houston to rural East Texas has been swamped.

Most weekends Flores’ father, Miguel Flores Sr., is mowing his huge backyard on a 1-hectare lot behind his home in Kingwood. But on Saturday, he and his family loaded several vehicles with clothes, small appliances and other items.

Water from the San Jacinto River already had swallowed his backyard and was continuing to rise, from about 30 centimeters high in the yard Friday to about 1.2 meters the following day.

As storms forced numerous high-water rescues, including some from the rooftops of flooded homes, officials redoubled urgent instructions for residents in low-lying areas to evacuate, warning the worst was still to come.

Houston is one of the most flood-prone metro areas in the United States. The city of more than 2 million people has long experience dealing with devastating weather.

Hurricane Harvey in 2017 dumped historic rainfall that flooded thousands of homes and resulted in more than 60,000 rescues by government rescue personnel across Harris County.

The greater Houston area covers about 25,900 square kilometers, a footprint slightly bigger than New Jersey. It is crisscrossed by about 2,700 kilometers of channels, creeks and bayous draining into the Gulf of Mexico, about 80 kilometers southeast of downtown.

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