They close schools, evacuate the population and warn that the floods will worsen after days of torrential rains

Authorities in Houston, Texas, on Friday urged residents to prepare for worsening flooding after days of heavy rain that have led to flood rescues and mandatory evacuation orders.

“This threat continues and it’s going to get worse. “It’s not your typical river flood,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the top elected official in the nation’s third-largest county, said Friday.

Hidalgo said a school bus carrying children required a rescue after fall into high waterbut that everyone on board was safe.

In College Station, a driver was rescued Thursday from a light pole she had climbed on when the car she was driving fell into the water in a parking lot and was swept away by a stream.

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Authorities in Houston, Texas, on Friday urged residents to prepare for worsening flooding after days of heavy rain that have led to flood rescues and mandatory evacuation orders.

More than 9 inches of rain fell over the past 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a flood warning through Tuesday for the region.

A safety warning was also in effect Friday morning. Flash flood in the area.

Of particular concern was an area along the San Jacinto River, which was expected to continue to increase as more rain fell and officials They will release additional water from an already full reservoir.

A boat carries a dog rescued from the waters. Photo: AP

Judge Hidalgo on Thursday issued a mandatory evacuation order for those living along parts of the river, calling the situation “life-threatening” and “catastrophic.”

The weather service reported the river was 20.18 meters on Friday morning and was expected to peak at 23.35 meters on Saturday.

According to the meteorological service, the river’s flood level is 17.68 meters.

Rescuers drove boats to rescue people and pets. Photo: APRescuers drove boats to rescue people and pets. Photo: AP

Hidalgo warned other people who live along the river in the southern part of the county that they could be stranded for days if they remain in their homes.

No injuries or deaths have been reported, but authorities reported that several people were rescued from high waters.

In the city of Conroe, just north of Houston, rescuers drove boats into neighborhood subdivisions to rescue people and pets from their homes and then transported them from the boats to higher ground.

Neighborhoods and businesses in Livingston, northeast of Conroe, were flooded and The water reached the windshields of the moving trucks and above the bottom of the windows of some buildings.

Last month’s storms in southeast Texas and parts of Louisiana have dumped more than 2 feet (61 centimeters) of rain in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.

With information from the Associated Press

 
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