Flooding leads to 100s of rescues in Houston area

Flooding shut down roads in Houston overnight and has killed people in Central and Southeast Texas.
Houston fire crews overnight conducted hundreds of water rescues as parts of the city saw up to 11 inches of rain.

Mayor Annise Parker said Tuesday that crews handled about 530 water-related calls since midnight Tuesday, primarily assisting motorists stuck in their vehicles.

Officials say the deluge overwhelmed bayous and creeks, sending a rush of water onto Interstate 45, secondary streets and into neighborhoods.

Authorities say three people have died in Harris County, Texas - which includes Houston - and between 500 and 700 homes have sustained some level of damage.

10:23 a.m. CDT

Houston Mayor Annise Parker says city officials will be vigilant as the area's waterways swell with several inches of rain.

Parker said at a news conference on Tuesday morning that "we're on the alert for folks in their houses as the bayous continue to rise."

The National Weather Service says about 11 inches of rain fell in six hours in parts of southwest Houston.

Authorities say three people have died in Harris County, Texas - which includes Houston - and between 500 and 700 homes have sustained some level of damage.

10:15 a.m CDT

About 11 inches of rain have fallen in parts of southwest Houston, leading to the widespread flooding.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Reilly said most of the 9 to 11 inches of rain came during a six-hour period, from 9 p.m. Monday to 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Reilly said the Houston suburbs of Richmond and Sugar Land also received about 11 inches of rain.

Authorities say three people have died in Harris County, Texas - which includes the city of Houston - and between 500 and 700 homes have sustained some level of damage.

10:04 a.m. CDT

Authorities say three people have died in Harris County, Texas, due to flooding.

Houston Police Department spokesman Victor Senties confirmed two bodies were found in the city of Houston.

Harris County Flood Control District spokeswoman Kim Jackson says a third body was found in a vehicle on Interstate 45.

Jackson also says between 500 and 700 homes in Harris County have sustained some level of flood damage.

7:10 a.m. CDT

High water and flooding made driving impossible for many travelers in the Houston area, even those on the city's major highways.

The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1IXzG1X ) reports Tuesday morning that no injuries have been reported but that dozens of vehicles are stranded in high water throughout the city.

Houston METRO announced that the morning transit services were canceled. Harris County district courts canceled morning jury service. Storms also knocked out power in parts of the city.

About 20 school districts in the area were either closed or had delayed opening.

7 a.m. CDT

After the Houston Rockets won Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, flooding in the area forced hundreds of fans and at least one player to remain at Toyota Center as the heavy rain continued to fall.

Arena officials posted an advisory on the stadium scoreboard advising fans to wait out the storm after the game ended around 11 p.m. Monday. Most left, but about 350 people stayed.

Center Dwight Howard told the Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1cfWueQ ), that he didn't "think it's smart for anybody to try to be out on this weather."

While fans waited into early Tuesday morning, crews did their usual post-event cleanup.

4:30 a.m. CDT

Harris County Flood District has advised residents waking up for work and school Tuesday morning to not leave their homes.

KHOU-TV reports The National Weather Service has issued an emergency flash flood warning for southwest Harris County and northeast Fort Bend County. Harris County includes the city of Houston.

2:15 a.m. CDT

A flash flood warning is in effect for parts of southeast Texas as a severe storm brings heavy rain to the Houston area.

The National Weather Service reported between 6-10 inches of rain had fallen there Monday night.

Authorities urged residents to stay off the roads.

The Harris County Regional Joint Information Center said that two bayous and other waterways were out of their banks and numerous roadways were impassable. The center said reports indicated some homes may have taken on water.

CenterPoint Energy reported nearly 81,000 area customers were without power.

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