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Flooding hits TX

Flooding rains hit Texas Sunday night, closing off roads and affecting neighborhoods in the southeastern part of the city.

BY HEATHER MOYER | HOUSTON, Texas | June 19, 2006

Flooding rains hit Texas Sunday night, closing off roads and affecting neighborhoods in the southeastern part of the city.

The National Weather Service reported that more than six inches of rain fell in a 75-minute period in one area of Houston Sunday evening. Another four to six inches of rain then fell overnight.

Flooded streets and highways plagued the Monday morning commute and local officials urged residents to just stay home for the day.

The hardest hit areas appear to be in Pasadena neighborhood and southeast Houston.

City officials also worry that as the rain continues Monday, more homes will be flooded. Television images showed entire business districts inundated by floodwater.

Galveston is also being drenched by heavy rains as well.

NWS flooding warnings were posted for Monday and area emergency workers warned the public to not drive through flooded streets. The NWS is calling the rain event a "very dangerous flash flood threat." Emergency officials have already made numerous water rescues.


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