In Texas and Oklahoma, 18 people were reported to have been killed in heavy storms. Authorities warned more trouble ahead, claiming that 11 people were killed in the Texas flooding, four among them in Houston. They believe that one among the dead is a person missing after dropping from a capsized boat, but it has not yet been confirmed.
Since Friday, seven people were reported to have been killed in Oklahoma storms and heavy flooding. In Hays County, officials reported deaths of two people and claimed 13 people missing.
Among the 13 missing were eight people vacationing in Wimberley over the weekend. Heavy flooding swept away the vacation home, Hays County Commissioner Will Conley said.
Search and rescue operations were carried out in full swing. The intensity of the storm is so high that it uprooted century-old trees. “It looks like a savannah,” Conley said.
About seventy homes were destroyed and 1,400 properties have been damaged. “God knows how many people we would have lost,” Conley said.
Death toll in Houston has increased to 2 overnight after 11 inches of rain dampened the nation’s fourth largest city on Tuesday. Due to increasing water not only the death toll increased, electricity was also cut off.
“There is no way to candy-coat it,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, told reporters. “It is absolutely massive.”
President Obama said that he spoke with Abbott and expressed his condolences for those affected.
“I assured Gov. Abbott that he could count on the help of the federal government,” Obama said. “We have FEMA personnel already on the ground. They are coordinating with Texas emergency management authorities, and I will anticipate that there will be some significant requests made to Washington.
“My pledge to him is that we will expedite those requests,” Obama said.