FLOODING IN TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA, AT LEAST 18 DEAD AND 14 MISSING 4,000 houses damaged and 25,000 families in the dark in Houston

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Death toll raising for the flooding that hit Texas and Oklahoma since last weekend. At least 18 people died and 14 people – aged 4 to 81 – are missing in Texas. Hope was lost for the 11 members of the two families that gathered in a house in Wimberley, near the Blanco River, on vacation. “Our thoughts and prayers are with families and communities hit by the flooding,” said President Barack Obama and he granted federal help for the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott. Authorities declared that there are 11 victims in Texas and 4 of them are in Houston.

There is not even one spot in Houston that was not flooded. Many areas are paralyzed because of water and 25k families are still in the dark. There are 4,000 badly damaged houses. Firefighters have saved about 500 people whereas 2,500 vehicles were left by their drivers not to die. “I have never seen anything lijke that, so little time, something so devastating” said the responsible of emergencies in Houston, Rick Flanagan. The National Weather Broadcast Service affirms there may be another storm in the southeast of Texas, therefore in Houston too.

Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa

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