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Houston swamped with 100,000 gallons of raw sewage, thousands of homes destroyed, and 19 dead: Officials warn that dam is on the brink of failure and say Texas could be hit by MORE flooding

'I'm in a house floating down the river, tell mom and dad, I love you': Tragic last phone call of mother who was swept away with her two kids in vacation home

Receding waters reveal at least 19 dead while 13 still missing as relentless storms parked

  • Several more inches of rain were expected through the weekend in already soaked Texas and Oklahoma
  • The death count was expected to rise as floodwaters slowly recede -- though the rains weren't expected to fully abate any time soon
  • Over 11 inches of had fallen in parts of Houston, America's fourth largest city, where flooded highways have forced hundreds to abandon their cars
  • A Houston wastewater treatment plant overflowed Tuesday thanks to a flooded bayou, spilling 100,000 gallons of untreated sewage into surrounding waters
  • People were told to stay away from more than 200 homes in Parker County where the Brazos River was poised to spill its banks about 30 miles west of Fort Worth on Wednesday night
  • Meanwhile, a Dallas-area dam on Wednesday threatened to overflow and flood a major highway with FEET of water as officials told around 25 households in the area to evacuate

The death toll continues to rise in flood-ravaged Texas and Oklahoma and as receding floodwaters revealed mounting destruction, rains continue to threaten even more flooding on Wednesday.

In hard-hit Houston, some of that destruction came Tuesday in the form of a waste water treatment plant so inundated with waters from an overflowing nearby bayou that more than 100,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled out into surrounding floodwaters.

Flash flood warnings were expected through the weekend in Texas, as a storm system that has settled along several southern states brings several more inches of rain.

Hundreds of people were ordered to evacuate flood-threatened areas of Texas on Wednesday as storms bringing torrential rains battered the state, where at least 15 people have been killed in weather-related incidents this week, including six in Houston.

People were told to stay away from more than 200 homes in Parker County where the Brazos River was poised to spill its banks about 30 miles west of Fort Worth on Wednesday night, county officials said.

Sewage: More than 100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater has spilled after Houston's Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant flooded Tuesday when a bayou overflowed its banks

Sewage: More than 100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater has spilled after Houston's Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant flooded Tuesday when a bayou overflowed its banks

Overflowing dam: The Padera Dam near Dallas was dangerously close to overflowing, and sending a cascade of floodwaters into a nearby busy highway, as workers scrambled to pump off the excess

Cleanup begins: Sandy Reyesa adds wet books to a dumpster full of soggy carpets and belongings Wednesday in Houston, where residents were just starting to clean up after flash floods soaked much of the nation's fourth largest city

Cleanup begins: Sandy Reyesa adds wet books to a dumpster full of soggy carpets and belongings Wednesday in Houston, where residents were just starting to clean up after flash floods soaked much of the nation's fourth largest city

More to come: Meteorologists say storms that have been virtually parked over Texas for weeks are not yet done, raising the prospect of even more flooding

More to come: Meteorologists say storms that have been virtually parked over Texas for weeks are not yet done, raising the prospect of even more flooding

'The river is coming up fast and flowing at dangerous volumes,' Parker County Judge Mark Riley told a news conference.

The death toll in Texas was expected to rise, with about a dozen people still missing and a new round of thunderstorms pelting the already flood-hit cities of Houston and Austin.

In Hays County alone, nine people were missing after flooding on Monday caused homes to break off their foundations. Three people in the county about 30 miles (50kms) southwest of Austin were already confirmed dead.

The return of heavy rains was impeding emergency rescue efforts.

'The river is going to start to rise again,' said Kharley Smith, the Hays County Emergency Management coordinator. 'It is going to shift the previously inspected debris piles.'

Giant mess: Lorraine Joseph talks about her car still stuck the mud despite several attempts to pull it out Wednesday in Houston. Each attempt failed when the rescuers also got stuck in the mud

Giant mess: Lorraine Joseph talks about her car still stuck the mud despite several attempts to pull it out Wednesday in Houston. Each attempt failed when the rescuers also got stuck in the mud

Search: Volunteers search for missing bodies along the Blanco River May 26, 2015 in San Marcos, Texas. The area was one of the hardest hit from recent storms and over a dozen remained unaccounted for Wednesday

Search: Volunteers search for missing bodies along the Blanco River May 26, 2015 in San Marcos, Texas. The area was one of the hardest hit from recent storms and over a dozen remained unaccounted for Wednesday

A storm-ravaged highway along the Blanco River is strewn with debris. Rains were expected to continue through the weekend

A storm-ravaged highway along the Blanco River is strewn with debris. Rains were expected to continue through the weekend

Still more flash flood warnings were expected through the weekend in Texas, as a storm system that has settled along several southern states brings several more inches of rain

Still more flash flood warnings were expected through the weekend in Texas, as a storm system that has settled along several southern states brings several more inches of rain

Floods damaged about 1,400 structures and snarled transport in Houston, the fourth most-populous U.S. city, where more than a thousands vehicles were trapped in rising water

Floods damaged about 1,400 structures and snarled transport in Houston, the fourth most-populous U.S. city, where more than a thousands vehicles were trapped in rising water

Floods damaged about 1,400 structures and snarled transport in Houston, the fourth most-populous U.S. city, where more than a thousands vehicles were trapped in rising water. 

Authorities in Houston confirmed two more storm-related deaths Wednesday, for a total of six. In all, at least 15 deaths were reported in Texas and four in Oklahoma. 

The death toll is set to rise with numerous people still missing in Texas after the storms slammed the states during the Memorial Day weekend, causing record floods that destroyed hundreds of homes, swept away bridges, and even unearthed a coffin from a Houston cemetery. It washed ashore on the banks of a bayou.

'A lot of folks drove their car into high water and had to abandon those vehicles,' Houston Mayor Annise Parker said at a news conference.

Two of the dead in Houston were found in their cars and another two were found in a bayou.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office said six people died in weather-related incidents over the holiday weekend in the state.

Though Parker said parts of the city were unscathed, more than 1,000 vehicles were submerged in the Houston floods, CNN reports, and people took instead to bicycles, kayaks and surfboards to navigate water-covered streets. 

SMALL TOURIST TOWN AMONG HARDEST HIT AS 13 TEXANS REMAINED MISSING WEDNESDAY

The vacation house where two families were to spend Memorial Day weekend was already gone, swept down the swollen Blanco River, when Carissa Smith's husband arrived.

All he found was a Chevrolet Suburban slammed against a tree, the engine running.

The fate of those who were inside the home was still unclear Tuesday. Recovery teams were to resume looking for a group of people who may have been staying at the two-story house in this small town in the Texas Hill Country, where punishing rains and other severe weather have destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes. At least 17 people were reported killed by the storms in Texas and Oklahoma.

Some of the worst damage so far has been in Wimberley, a popular bed-and-breakfast getaway surrounded by vineyards near Austin.

Hundreds of trees on the banks of the Blanco, which crested to a record 40-plus feet and tripled its flood stage, toppled on or near houses.

A photo provided by the Hays County Sheriff's Office shows Michelle Charba, seated, with William Charba, 6. Both have been missing from Wimberley, Texas since Sunday

At left, a photo provided by the Hays County Sheriff's Office shows Michelle Charba, seated, with William Charba, 6. Both have been missing from Wimberley, Texas since Sunday along with William Charba (center left). Ralph Carey (center right) and Sue Carey (right) have also been missing from Wimberley since Sunday

Laura McComb (left), and her son and daughter Andrew, 6, and Leighton McComb (together at center and right) were missing from Wimberley and presumed dead Wednesday

'You cannot candy coat it. It's absolutely massive,' Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said after touring the destruction.

Witnesses said the vacation house was carried into the river by floodwaters and crashed into a bridge downstream. Bent concrete pylons and a few scattered horseshoes remained on the home's limestone slab.

At the top of a small slope that had led down to the house, the back wheels of a Suburban dangled above a ditch and its tailgate was smashed against a tree. Smith, who owns the land next door, said the car belonged to the homeowner.

'We think he went back in to get everybody out. Problem is, the house is up on stilts, so when they climb down the stairs, they had to climb into the water to get out,' said Smith, whose aunt and mother both live nearby. 'And I'm sure they realized that when they got in there, it was too late.'

Smith said she had spoken to relatives of the homeowner, a retired doctor.

Eight people missing from the destroyed house were friends and family who had gathered for the holiday, said Kristi Wyatt, a spokeswoman for the City of San Marcos. Three children, two age 6 and another 4, were among the missing.

Rescue teams planned to end their search efforts and move into a recovery phase.

'When you hit a bridge moving at 35 to 40 mph on the river, it's equivalent to a 70 mph head-on' collision, said Hays County Judge Bert Cobb.

Kenneth Reissig (left), Jose Arteaga-Pichardo (center) and Thomas Dayton have also all been missing from Wimberley since the weekend

Still missing: Flood debris atop a car in the Brays Bayou area where people are still missing following days of heavy rain and flash flooding in Houston

Still missing: Flood debris atop a car in the Brays Bayou area where people are still missing following days of heavy rain and flash flooding in Houston

Trashed: A tornado and torrential rains hit northern Mexico as well as the US states of Texas and Oklahoma, killing at least 18 people and leaving thousands of homes damaged,

Trashed: A tornado and torrential rains hit northern Mexico as well as the US states of Texas and Oklahoma, killing at least 18 people and leaving thousands of homes damaged,

Raging waters: Debris collected in a destroyed swimming pool on the bank of the Blanco River in Wimberly, which can be seen in the background

Raging waters: Debris collected in a destroyed swimming pool on the bank of the Blanco River in Wimberly, which can be seen in the background

Cruel reminder: A sign marks the road along the bank of the Blanco River, a cruel reminder of the source of destruction across much of eastern Texas

Cruel reminder: A sign marks the road along the bank of the Blanco River, a cruel reminder of the source of destruction across much of eastern Texas

Rain still falls: Brian Quattrucci (L) and Mark Perez (R) move a flood-damaged mattress to the curb in front of a home in the Brays Bayou area where people are still missing following days of heavy rains and flooding

Rain still falls: Brian Quattrucci (L) and Mark Perez (R) move a flood-damaged mattress to the curb in front of a home in the Brays Bayou area where people are still missing following days of heavy rains and flooding

Hard-hit: A destroyed kitchen refrigerator lays among other debris near a ruined home in hard-hit Wimberly, Texas

Hard-hit: A destroyed kitchen refrigerator lays among other debris near a ruined home in hard-hit Wimberly, Texas

Aftermath: A home in Wimberley, Texas is left mud-filled and uninhabitable as floodwaters slowly recede and reveal the devastation wrought by relentless storms

Aftermath: A home in Wimberley, Texas is left mud-filled and uninhabitable as floodwaters slowly recede and reveal the devastation wrought by relentless storms

Ravaged: An overturned vehicle close to Blanco River which had flooded 2 days earlier. As of Wednesday morning, 18 were confirmed dead and over a dozen remained missing in flood-ravaged Texas and Oklahoma

Ravaged: An overturned vehicle close to Blanco River which had flooded 2 days earlier. As of Wednesday morning, 18 were confirmed dead and over a dozen remained missing in flood-ravaged Texas and Oklahoma

The Houston Fire Department brought about 500 people to safety in boats, local media reports said.

President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he had assured Texas Governor Greg Abbott that he could count on help from the federal government as the state recovers from the floods. Abbott has declared a state of disaster in at least 40 Texas counties, including Harris County, which includes Houston.

Abbott said he has deployed the state's National Guard and was worried the death toll could rise.

'It's devastating to see what I saw on the Blanco River when this tidal wave of water just swept away neighborhoods,' he said, recalling a disaster area in central Texas.

Devastating: Over 11 inches of had fallen in parts of Houston, America's fourth largest city, where flooded highways have forced hundreds to abandon their cars

Fears mount: A destroyed car is submerged in the Blanco River in Wimberley, Texas, after the flood. Search and rescue crews are still looking for over a dozen people swept away in the floodwaters

Fears mount: A destroyed car is submerged in the Blanco River in Wimberley, Texas, after the flood. Search and rescue crews are still looking for over a dozen people swept away in the floodwaters

More rain: Flash floods continued to be possible as the wave of storms over Texas refused to abate. More rain was expected through Saturday

More rain: Flash floods continued to be possible as the wave of storms over Texas refused to abate. More rain was expected through Saturday

Memorial Day disaster: People walk their dogs across a flooded street to see a bayou that over flowed its banks in Houston. The death toll is set to rise with numerous people still missing in Texas after the storms slammed the states during the Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day disaster: People walk their dogs across a flooded street to see a bayou that over flowed its banks in Houston. The death toll is set to rise with numerous people still missing in Texas after the storms slammed the states during the Memorial Day weekend

Standstill: America's fourth largest city, and the largest in Texas, is now a morass of floodwaters and debris as more storms threaten continued damage

Standstill: America's fourth largest city, and the largest in Texas, is now a morass of floodwaters and debris as more storms threaten continued damage

Friends and neighbors of homeowner help carry and wash off her belongings several days after the home received major water damage when the nearby Blanco River flooded

Friends and neighbors of homeowner help carry and wash off her belongings several days after the home received major water damage when the nearby Blanco River flooded

DAM THREATENS TO BREAK AND FLOOD DALLAS-AREA HIGHWAY

Police say emergency personnel could shut down a highway if a dam southwest of Dallas breaks.

Water was flowing over the top of the earthen dam at Padera Lake, near Midlothian, early Wednesday morning following days of heavy rain.

If the dam breaks, Highway 287 could flood with a couple of feet of water.

Midlothian police Capt. John Spann says officials will divert traffic if that happens, but for now they must 'just wait and see.'

He says it's mostly a rural area, but that residents of around a dozen homes have been warned they could be in jeopardy of flooding if the dam breaks. He says they are not in danger of being swept away and that there's no mandatory evacuation order.

Midlothian is some 25 miles southwest of Dallas.

Dam in distress: Workers attempt to relieve the pressure from the earthen dam at Padera Lake, Wednesday in Midlothian, Texas

Dam in distress: Workers attempt to relieve the pressure from the earthen dam at Padera Lake, Wednesday in Midlothian, Texas

Water was flowing over the top of the dam early Wednesday morning following days of heavy rain. Police say emergency personnel could shut down a highway if the dam, southwest of Dallas breaks

Water was flowing over the top of the dam early Wednesday morning following days of heavy rain. Police say emergency personnel could shut down a highway if the dam, southwest of Dallas breaks

While authorities early Wednesday stressed that a dam breach was imminent, later reports played down dangers slightly

While authorities early Wednesday stressed that a dam breach was imminent, later reports played down dangers slightly

After earlier flooding, eleven people are confirmed missing due to flooding that hit along the Blanco River, and Hays County officials increased to three the number of bodies that have been found in that area. The missing are from two families whose vacation home was swept off its foundation in Wimberley, a town about 30 miles (50 km) southwest of Austin.

About 30 other people who were previously unaccounted for have been contacted, Hays County officials said.

Dogs and boats were being used to search for the missing. The river rose so quickly and with such force, it caused a flood gauge to break, Hays County officials said. 

There was no damage estimate available for Texas, which has a $1.4 trillion-a-year economy and is the country's main domestic source of energy as well as an agricultural and manufacturing power.

Houston resident Dutch Small, 40, climbed onto the roof of his car when the water came up to his knees inside his vehicle and was eventually rescued by a passing tow truck driver.

There was no damage estimate available for Texas, which has a $1.4 trillion-a-year economy and is the country's main domestic source of energy as well as an agricultural and manufacturing power

There was no damage estimate available for Texas, which has a $1.4 trillion-a-year economy and is the country's main domestic source of energy as well as an agricultural and manufacturing power

A garden shed behind a home along the bank of the Blanco River in Wimberly after flooding destroyed hundreds of homes in Texas and Oklahoma over the holiday weekend

A garden shed behind a home along the bank of the Blanco River in Wimberly after flooding destroyed hundreds of homes in Texas and Oklahoma over the holiday weekend

Flood waters cover several cars at the Meyergrove Apartment complex in Houston. Torrential rains turned streets into rivers and led to nearly 1,000 calls for help across the city

Flood waters cover several cars at the Meyergrove Apartment complex in Houston. Torrential rains turned streets into rivers and led to nearly 1,000 calls for help across the city

A totaled Porsche sits in the midst of the foundation of a home destroyed by the Memorial Day weekend floods in Wimberley, Texas

A totaled Porsche sits in the midst of the foundation of a home destroyed by the Memorial Day weekend floods in Wimberley, Texas

Amy Gilmour, a volunteer from San Antonio, Texas, helps pick up debris from the backyards of flood damaged homes along the Blanco River in Wimberley

Amy Gilmour, a volunteer from San Antonio, Texas, helps pick up debris from the backyards of flood damaged homes along the Blanco River in Wimberley

'It happened so fast. Every person that died in the flooding, I know what was going through their minds. They didn't measure the threat accurately. They were like me,' Small told Reuters.

The National Weather Service issued tornado and thunderstorm watches for later on Tuesday and said more rain is expected this week in Texas and Oklahoma.

More than 200 flights had been canceled by early on Tuesday evening at airports in Houston and Dallas, some of the nation's busiest, as blocked roads made it difficult for workers to get to their jobs. A sinkhole also closed a runway at the Dallas/Fort Worth International airport.

Roughly 100,000 customers lost power throughout the state after the storm due to high winds and rising waters that caused power poles to snap.

In Houston, about 11 inches (28 cm) of rain fell on Monday while parts of Austin were hit by as much as 7 inches (18 cm). Helicopter crews in both cities plucked to safety people who had been stranded in cars and on top of buildings.

Stranded: Hundreds of people were forced to abandon their vehicles on the highway when flash floods hit the Houston area. Up to four inches of rain fell in a very short time. Commuters Tuesday morning were met with scenes like this one in Interstate 45

A tornado and torrential rains hit Texas and Oklahoma, killing at least 17 people and damaging hundreds of homes and buildings. At least 11 remain missing

A tornado and torrential rains hit Texas and Oklahoma, killing at least 17 people and damaging hundreds of homes and buildings. At least 11 remain missing

Missing: Laura McComb and her children Andrew, 6, (right) and Leighton, 4, (left) are believed to be dead after their vacation home was washed away in severe flooding

Missing: Laura McComb and her children Andrew, 6, (right) and Leighton, 4, (left) are believed to be dead after their vacation home was washed away in severe flooding

Lone survivor: Jonathan McComb (left) was the only one found alive when the vacation home was swept away. The eight other people who were in the cabin are believed to have been killed

Lone survivor: Jonathan McComb (left) was the only one found alive when the vacation home was swept away. The eight other people who were in the cabin are believed to have been killed

Homecoming queen Alyssa Ramirez, 18, had just attended her high school prom (left) in Devine, Texas on Saturday when her car was swept away by rising flood waters. Her body was recovered on Sunday
Homecoming queen Alyssa Ramirez, 18, had just attended her high school prom (left) in Devine, Texas on Saturday when her car was swept away by rising flood waters. Her body was recovered on Sunday

Homecoming queen Alyssa Ramirez, 18, had just attended her high school prom (left) in Devine, Texas on Saturday when her car was swept away by rising flood waters. Her body was recovered on Sunday 

Michelle Charba and
Randy and Michelle Charba

Search: Randy and Michelle Charba (right) and their 4-year-old son Will (left) are also missing. Mrs Charba is the daughter of Ralph and Sue Carey

Relatives of a flood victim react with shock after learning a loved one was found drowned

Relatives of a flood victim react with shock after learning a loved one was found drowned

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12 missing after flooding in Texas sweeps away vacation home

  • Laura McComb and her children Andrew, 6, and Leighton, 4, are among 12 missing and feared dead
  • They were among nine in a vacation house on the Blanco River that was swept away by flash floods
  • Only one person in the house survived - Laura's husband Jonathan McComb, who is devastated about his missing family
  • Eight people have been confirmed dead in Texas and Oklahoma in severe weather over the Memorial Day Weekend
  • Across the border in Ciudad Acuna, 13 are dead and five are missing following a tornado 

A Texas mother made one final, frantic phone call as her vacation home was being swept away by flash flood waters on the Blanco River on Sunday night. 

'I'm in a house. I'm floating down the river. Tell mom and dad. I love you, and pray,' 33-year-old Laura McComb told her sister, according to KXAN-TV

Mrs McComb and her two children Andrew, 6, and Leighton, 4, are among 12 people still missing following flash floods near the popular vacation spot of Wimberley over Memorial Day weekend. 

Trey Hatt, a spokesman for the Hays County Emergency Operations Center, said Monday night that the 'search component' of the mission was over, meaning no more survivors were expected to be found in the flood debris. 

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Missing: Laura McComb and her children Andrew, 6, (right) and Leighton, 4, (left) are believed to be dead after their vacation home was washed away in severe flooding

Missing: Laura McComb and her children Andrew, 6, (right) and Leighton, 4, (left) are believed to be dead after their vacation home was washed away in severe flooding

Lone survivor: Jonathan McComb (left) was the only one found alive when the vacation home was swept away. The eight other people who were in the cabin are believed to have been killed

Lone survivor: Jonathan McComb (left) was the only one found alive when the vacation home was swept away. The eight other people who were in the cabin are believed to have been killed

Nothing left: Two local teens survey the remains of the vacation home where eight people are believed to have died in flash flooding on the Blanco River Sunday

Nothing left: Two local teens survey the remains of the vacation home where eight people are believed to have died in flash flooding on the Blanco River Sunday

Debris: Authorities say the home split apart when it crashed into a bridge as it was swept down river. The area is a popular vacation spot in Texas

Debris: Authorities say the home split apart when it crashed into a bridge as it was swept down river. The area is a popular vacation spot in Texas

Eight people have so far been confirmed dead in Texas and Oklahoma after the severe weather over the weekend. More than 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed.

Authorities were also searching for victims and assessing damage just across the Texas-Mexico border in Ciudad Acuna, where a tornado Monday killed 13 people and left at least five unaccounted for. 

Mrs McComb's sister Julie Shields says she has come to accept that her sister, niece and nephew are dead. 

Two families from Corpus Christi, including the McCombs, rented the house in Wimberley for the holiday weekend. Eight of the nine people staying there are now believed to be dead.

The others in the home have been identified as Ralph and Sue Carey, their daughter Michelle Charba, her husband Randy and four-year-old son William. 

Only Mrs McComb's husband, Jonathan McComb, survived. He was found 12 miles away clinging to a tree with multiple broken bones. 

'He is absolutely devastated. He did everything he possibly could to save them,' Ms Shields told KVUE-TV

Mr McComb, the son of a county commissioner in Corpus Christi, became separated from the rest of his family when the house hit a bridge and broke apart. 

No one in the house realized how bad the flooding was until water began seeping into the house. By then it was too late. The floods lifted the home off its foundation and carried it downriver. 

Ms Shields said her sister's phone call ended when she saw lights and thought a helicopter had come to rescue her and her family. It's unclear what her sister saw.

'The blessing in all of this is that she is with her children, she is with her babies. And she will be with her babies forever in heaven and we know that as a family,' Ms Shields told KXAN.  

Tragedy: Eight of the 12 people missing in the Blanco River region are all from the same house 

Tragedy: Eight of the 12 people missing in the Blanco River region are all from the same house 

Destroyed: Hudson Doty, 18, left, and Grant Guzal, 17, right, walk along the bank of the Blanco River near the foundation and stilts of the Carey family home

Destroyed: Hudson Doty, 18, left, and Grant Guzal, 17, right, walk along the bank of the Blanco River near the foundation and stilts of the Carey family home

Grieving: Mrs McComb's sister Julie Shields says she is comforted knowing her sister, niece and nephew are together in heaven

Grieving: Mrs McComb's sister Julie Shields says she is comforted knowing her sister, niece and nephew are together in heaven

Concern: Ralph and Sue Carey have also been reported missing from the vacation house that floated away

Concern: Ralph and Sue Carey have also been reported missing from the vacation house that floated away

Michelle Charba and
Randy and Michelle Charba

Search: Randy and Michelle Charba (right) and their 4-year-old son Will (left) are also missing. Mrs Charba is the daughter of Ralph and Sue Carey

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared disasters in 37 counties, allowing for further mobilization of state resources to assist.

'You cannot candy coat it. It's absolutely massive,' Abbott said after touring the destruction.

The worst flooding damage was in Wimberley, where the vacation home was swept away, a popular tourist town along the Blanco River in the corridor between Austin and San Antonio. 

The Blanco crested above 40 feet — more than triple its flood stage of 13 feet. The river swamped Interstate 35 and forced parts of the busy north-south highway to close. Rescuers used pontoon boats and a helicopter to pull people out.

Hundreds of trees along the Blanco were uprooted or snapped, and they collected in piles of debris up to 20 feet high.

Flooding wreaked havoc late Monday afternoon in Austin, where emergency crews responded to more than 20 high-water rescues, and later in Houston, where the National Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency and an announcer at the Houston Rockets game asked fans not to leave because of severe weather. 

Harris County Flood District, which includes Houston, advised residents not leave their homes early Tuesday after the weather service issued a flash flood warning for parts of the county. Before the sun rose Tuesday, emergency crews used helicopters and boats to help residents evacuate their flooded homes in Webberville, some 15 miles east of Austin.

Harrowing: A man is rescued from waist-deep floodwaters in Austin after Shoal Creek overflowed its banks on Sunday. Torrential rain has caused flash floods across Texas

Harrowing: A man is rescued from waist-deep floodwaters in Austin after Shoal Creek overflowed its banks on Sunday. Torrential rain has caused flash floods across Texas

Stranded: Hundreds of people were forced to abandon their vehicles on the highway when flash floods hit the Houston area. Up to 11 inches of rain fell in a very short time

Stranded: Hundreds of people were forced to abandon their vehicles on the highway when flash floods hit the Houston area. Up to 11 inches of rain fell in a very short time

Sunk: Interstate 45 outside Houston looks like a river following massive rainfalls and flash flooding on Monday night

Sunk: Interstate 45 outside Houston looks like a river following massive rainfalls and flash flooding on Monday night

Swamped: Incredible flood waters pummeled the first floor of this building outside Houston on Tuesday morning

Swamped: Incredible flood waters pummeled the first floor of this building outside Houston on Tuesday morning

Damage: Hays County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable John Ellen patrols River Road in Wimberley, Texas, on Monday

Damage: Hays County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable John Ellen patrols River Road in Wimberley, Texas, on Monday

The four deaths occurred across the state.

Damien Blade, 14, was found in a storm drain in DeSoto on Monday along with one of his dogs while homecoming queen Alyssa Ramirez, 18, was on her way home from high school prom in Devine on Saturday night when her car was swept away by rising waters. 

A man's body was also pulled from the Blanco and a man was killed when his mobile home was destroyed by a tornado. 

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management reported the further four confirmed fatalities after also seeing severe flooding and tornadoes.

Claremore Fire Captain Jason Farley drowned while trying to help flooding victims at a duplex in Oklahoma. His body was later found in a storm drain 

In Ciudad Acuna, Mayor Evaristo Perez Rivera said 300 people were treated at local hospitals after the twister, and up to 200 homes had been completely destroyed. The government was talking with families whose homes had been damaged to determine how much assistance would be needed to rebuild the city of 125,000 across from Del Rio, Texas.

'We have never registered in the more than 100 years in the history of this city a tornado,' he said.

By midday, 13 people were confirmed dead in the Mexican border town — 10 adults and three infants. At least five people were unaccounted for.

The twister hit a seven-block area, which Victor Zamora, interior secretary of the northern state of Coahuila, described as 'devastated.'

Homecoming queen Alyssa Ramirez, 18, had just attended her high school prom (left) in Devine, Texas on Saturday when her car was swept away by rising flood waters. Her body was recovered on Sunday
Homecoming queen Alyssa Ramirez, 18, had just attended her high school prom (left) in Devine, Texas on Saturday when her car was swept away by rising flood waters. Her body was recovered on Sunday

Homecoming queen Alyssa Ramirez, 18, had just attended her high school prom (left) in Devine, Texas on Saturday when her car was swept away by rising flood waters. Her body was recovered on Sunday 

Tornadoes: People stand near a destroyed vehicle after a powerful tornado swept past in Ciudad Acuna, northern Mexico, Monday, killing 13

Tornadoes: People stand near a destroyed vehicle after a powerful tornado swept past in Ciudad Acuna, northern Mexico, Monday, killing 13

Crushed: A vehicle lies on the rooftop of a home in Ciudad Acuna, northern Mexico

Crushed: A vehicle lies on the rooftop of a home in Ciudad Acuna, northern Mexico

'There's nothing standing, not walls, not roofs,' said Edgar Gonzalez, a spokesman for the city government, describing some of the destroyed homes in a 3-square kilometer (1 square mile) stretch.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was expected to travel to Acuna with officials from government agencies.

Gonzalez said late Monday night that rescuers were looking for four members of a family who were believed missing, adding that there were still areas of rubble that remained to be searched. Zamora said rescuers were searching for an infant who was missing after the tornado ripped the baby carrier the child was in from its mother's hands.

Survivor Luis Antonio Hernandez, 37, looked in disbelief Monday at what remained of his house. Three vehicles had smashed through the back, leaving a heap of twisted metal and the smell of gasoline.

Hernandez and his three children had hidden in a bathroom as the tornado sent the cars passing over them. 'It's a miracle that we're alive,' he said.

Residents retraced the tornado's path in trucks, hoping to salvage their mattresses, furniture and other belongings. But there was little left intact.

Antonio Sanchez's home was now nothing more than an open shell strewn with rubble.

'We lost everything,' he said. 'But at least I didn't lose my family.' 



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Comment by C.F. James on May 28, 2015 at 10:17pm

I'm sure they'll blame Obama.

Comment by d young on May 28, 2015 at 4:02pm
Sad,sad, sad.
Comment by vaughn mitchell on May 28, 2015 at 11:57am

Karma is b****, the state of texas, or some parts of it was saying how Obama, was sending in troops to take over their town, they started mobilizing their national guard against the military. They talk bad about Fema, guess who will come to their rescue, FEMA, and the military.

Comment by Dexter on May 28, 2015 at 5:00am
There are still factions of this government denying climate change so that the oil companies can continue making billions. The whole world's weather is being affected by fossil fuels pollution but there are politicians that get money from the oil companies to stick their head up their asses & act like we don't have a problem. Only after it hits their state or their families loses loved ones will they come to their senses. Rip to those that lost their lives.
Comment by AfricanGoddess on May 27, 2015 at 6:19pm

Did they say"purge"...words put out into the Universe...karma element!

Yep,mother nature is doing the cleaning out.

Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on May 27, 2015 at 2:15pm
Too much blood was spilled over the land. Mother Earth is cleaning it from what the Europeans did by killing off the Indians and Mexicans
Comment by vaughn mitchell on May 26, 2015 at 9:28pm

mother nature is no joke.

Comment by Big Woman on May 26, 2015 at 1:51pm
The power of Mother Nature.Deep codolences to the families who lost loved ones.

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