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Storms and floods have made this an extraordinarily difficult week in parts of the Midwest and the Plains. That’s been especially true in Houston, where the country’s fourth largest city has been hammered, and other parts of Texas that have been underwater.
Today was yet another day of struggle and anxiety to the region. Crews raced to pump water from Padera Lake, trying to prevent its earthen dam from bursting, and sending a wall of water towards dozens of homes in Midlothian, Texas, 25 miles southwest of Dallas. The dam held, for now, but police still asked residents to evacuate, while, in Houston, the National Weather Service issued another flood warning for a city already soaked.
This followed another stormy night in the hard-hit Lone Star State, and throughout the Central Plains and Ohio River Valley. Lightning lit up the skies of Fort Worth, while in Ohio, a tornado churned through the small town of Beaver Creek.
Today, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin toured areas of her state ravaged by floods and severe storms over the weekend.
GOV. MARY FALLIN, Oklahoma:
It’s been a very challenging week for all of our emergency responders and our state office because there’s so many counties that we have to cover. There are so many people calling. I know my phone rang off the weekend — rang all weekend itself because of all the people reporting damages and concern about, what are we going to do as a state?
And the search resumed in San Marcos, Texas, where the Blanco River surged nearly 45 feet late Saturday, killing at least three people, and sweeping away nearly a dozen others.
KENNETH BELL, Emergency Management Coordinator, San Marcos:
We are still in search-and-rescue mode. We are still looking for viable victims. It doesn’t take much. We are saturated, folks. The isolated thunderstorms could case immediate local flooding in your area. I can’t stress it enough. We’re to a point where we’re missing 11 people. We don’t need anymore.
All this as residents of Houston battled still-flooded streets and braced for more rain in coming days.
City officials said late today that six people have died from the flooding so far.