Over 6 inches of rainfall has triggered killer floods in some areas of Texas on April 17, 2016, causing flash flooding across Houston, Texas and region.
Results: 5 dead people, Submerged major interstate highways, closure of schools and power knock out to thousands of residents who were urged to shelter in place.
More than a foot of rain had fallen by Monday evening in parts of Houston.
Look at the level of water! Insane!
At least five dead have been reported.
The mayor of Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, told residents to stay home.
More rain was projected over the next two to three days, but not as strong as the Monday’s downpours.
Rain gauges in parts of Harris County showed water levels approaching 20 inches since late Sunday night, with slightly smaller amounts elsewhere in Southeast Texas as bayous and creeks overflowed their banks.
Here a drone video of the flooding across the Houston area:
Several shelters were established for people forced from their homes.
At least 1,000 people were taken from apartment complexes in the north part of the city and moved to a shopping mall were being ferried by city buses to a shelter.
Thousands of homes in the county outside Houston were flooded, many for the first time. At least 450 high-water rescues were conducted.
About 1 million students got the day off. Most colleges and universities also closed because of the bad weather.
Here a video showing a weather reporter trying to help a man leaving his submerged car during these historic floods:
At least two interstates — I-10, the main east-west freeway, and I-45, the major north-south freeway — were under water near downtown.
Other major freeways, plus some feeder roads leading to the highways, were blocked by high water.
One TV reporter in Houston helped to rescue a man who drove his car into a flooded underpass.
The storms were part of a wide weather system that left warnings and watches through Tuesday morning for Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Tyler-Longview and as far east as Texarkana.
Houston, at near sea level, is no stranger to flooding from torrential rains, tropical storms and hurricanes.