April 2016– HOUSTON, TX – More than a foot of rain deluged parts of Houston on Monday, leaving five dead as surging waters flooded homes and highways for thousands of residents who were warned to stay inside. Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in nine counties, hundreds of flights were canceled, mass transit was shut down and schools were closed after a season’s worth of rain fell in just a matter of hours. Almost 17 inches of rain had inundated the city by 2 p.m. ET.
Bush Intercontinental Airport grappled with nearly 650 flight cancellations and more than 1,100 delays. METRO Houston also suspended all rail and bus services, as swaths of the city and nearby Waller County were walloped with 16.8 inches of rain before noon, according to the National Weather Service. Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District, warned of a…
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