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Storm won't leave TX

BY SUSAN KIM | Houston, TX | June 9, 2001

Remnants of Tropical Storm Allison are stalled over the region, dumping torrential rain onto already saturated ground. Streets

and homes are becoming inundated with water, and the rain continues to fall.

In just three hours late Friday, southeast Texas received seven inches of rain -- in addition to the foot of rain that fell earlier this


For many residents, it seems like there's no end in sight. Storms were expected to continue through Saturday, and flash flood

warnings and watches continued for Texas stretching into Louisiana.

It has been difficult to assess how many homes have been flooded because the rain will not stop,according to emergency

management reports, and the focus on Saturday remained on locating and rescuing stranded vehicles and residents.

Local emergency management reports indicated it was likely that hundreds of homes are flooded. Dozens of roads are closed

and many residents are stranded in their homes.

Allison formed quickly in the Gulf last Tuesday, and made its first landfall Wednesday when it was downgraded to a tropical

depression. Just when residents were breathing a sign of relief, the storm turned, headed back to Texas, and stalled.

Tropical Storm Allison was the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Earlier this week, when the storm moved across Galveston, TX, it brought 60-mph winds. It also spawned tornadoes that caused

scattered damage.

In the town of Manvel, TX, a tornado touched down, uprooting trees and damaging at least one home.

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