People are evacuated from Cypress Commons on Cypresswood at Cutten in Houston. Photo: Houston Chronicle
On Monday, torential rains measuring 18 inches continued pouring into Houston Texas, the fourth largest city in the United States. Power grids were knocked out, schools and highways were closed making the commute around Houston an extremely difficult task.
Of the six fatalities, three people died in Houston, two died elsewhere in Harris County, and one person died in Waller County, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences said.
Two of the major freeways, and some roads that feed into the interstate were blocked by high water levels that flooded roads, and sidewalks. People could be seen wading through or swimming in water above their waist in an effort to reach dry land, while their cars were filling up with water or sinking.
The devestating rain flooded more than a thousand homes and dozens of businesses. People working in and around the city could not get to work, close to a million children were unable to get to school, and rescue vehicles were inundated with calls for help.
While some residents were told to shelter in place, multiple shelters were opened to receive hundreds of residents who had been forced to flee their homes, due to flooding. One incident was when flood waters from the Green Bayou, spilled into the Arbor Court Apartments, sending almost a thousand residents from apartment complex running to take shelter at nearby, Greenspoint Mall.
Residents are evacuated from their flooded apartment complex in Houston. Photo: AP
Humans were not the only victims. Animals were in no better position than humans when flood waters drenched farms and ranches. There were reports of 70 horses who were up to their necks in water while being trapped in their stalls, prompting the Harris County livestock unit to use boats, to rescue the frightened animals.
Teaxas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency in 8 counties and, Houston’s Mayor, Sylvester Turner stated, "A lot of rain coming in a very short period of time, there's nothing you can do." "I regret anyone whose home is flooded again. There's nothing I can say that's going to ease your frustration. We certainly can't control the weather."