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Floods continue in TX, LA

Parts of eastern Texas and western Louisiana are still coping with heavy rain and flooding.

BY HEATHER MOYER | HOUSTON, Texas | June 20, 2006

Parts of eastern Texas and western Louisiana are still coping with heavy rain and flooding, with many roads cut off and neighborhoods surrounded by high water.

More than 11 inches of rain have fallen since Sunday night around Houston and Galveston, Texas. The state called in National Guard Troops to help with the flood event.

Emergency officials have rescued hundreds of stranded drivers as many highways and roads are underwater.

The hardest hit areas appear to be in Pasadena and southeast Houston. The National Weather Service (NWS) said the slow-moving storm that's bringing all the rain should move out by Wednesday, but even more rain is expected all day Tuesday.

City officials also worry that as the rain continues Tuesday, more homes will be flooded. No home damage estimates have been released yet, but television images showed entire business districts inundated by floodwater and many neighborhoods full of flooded streets and yards. Several shelters are open in the city.

No deaths or injuries have been reported.

Some are saying this is the worst flood event to hit Houston since Tropical Storm Allison in the fall of 2001. The mayor of Houston said drainage improvements made after Allison have helped keep this storm from being as devastating so far.

In southwest Louisiana, officials evacuated 120 nursing home residents as the rising water reached the back steps of the facility.

NWS flooding watches and warnings remain posted Tuesday for parts of both states. 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."

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