Imelda will continue dumping rain on Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas as remnants head north
Parts of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana are still under flash flood watches, the National Weather Service said late Thursday. Parts of Arkansas will also see periods of heavy rain throughout Friday, with rainfall totals reaching up to 4 inches in some areas, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. In its wake, the storm left some of Houston's neighborhoods swimming in several feet of water.It is the 7th wettest tropical cyclone in US history, according to the National Weather Service."I'm tired of it," Kingwood-area Sharai Poteet told CNN affiliate KTRK. Poteet told the affiliate that she spent more than $50,000 repairing her home after Hurricane Harvey — which dumped 27 trillion gallons over Texas and Louisiana. "I don't understand why we don't have any drainage out here anymore." There was at least one storm-related death in Harris County, officials said. A man in his 40s or 50s was pulled from a van found submerged in Houston floodwaters Thursday evening, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. He died after being transported to the hospital.Imelda dumped more than 15 inches across Harris County, plunging cars and streets under water. Some areas in neighboring Jefferson County saw a whooping 43 inches of water.
Neighbors rescue neighbors
By Thursday night, more than 200 vehicles had been towed in Houston as the floodwaters began to recede, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said. Residents began ditching their cars after heavy flooding made the roadways impassable. In Beaumont — an area in Jefferson County — neighborhoods turned into lakes and roads looked more like streams. Officials opened two overnight shelters, CNN affiliate KPRC reported. And neighbors took it upon themselves to help each other, with one resident telling the affiliate, "we're just trying to take care of our people."Floodwater poured into Beaumont TV station KBMT Thursday morning, forcing the news staff to move to their sister station in Houston, KHOU, to broadcast.Officials in the area suspended rescue operations until Friday morning, but announced rescue crews will continue responding to life-threatening situations only. "If you are still in an area with standing water, seek higher ground and shelter in place," Beaumont police said. "Be patients and only call 9Read More – Source