Historic flooding devastates Houston area

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'Life-threatening" rainfall occurring in Texas

She said her home, located along a creek, was not in danger of flooding as it sits on stilts, like many others nearby. The San Jacinto River wasn't and is expected to crest around 5 a.m. CT.

The victim then got out of the vehicle and started to walk home by himself, authorities said.

He tweeted on Thursday that he was at the scene where first-responders tried to save a man who had driven his white van headlong into deep waters. Signs and fire hydrants on the suburban street are submerged in floodwaters.

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The storm brought intense rain to southeastern Texas over three days.

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The National Hurricane Center said in a late Thursday bulletin that up to 45 inches of rain will have fallen in some areas by the time the storm blows off on Friday afternoon.

"People have snakes in their apartments from the creek".

East of Houston, some local officials said the rainfall was causing flooding worse than what happened during Harvey.

In Beaumont, ankle-deep water had collected in the lobby of the Elegante Hotel, and more was coming in, video recorded by Lupe Torres on Thursday showed. A photo on social media showed a truck nearly submerged near a hotel.

"I'm exhausted of it", Kingwood-area Sharai Poteet told CNN affiliate KTRK.

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"I was supposed to be driving back to Houston. It kept rising. I couldn't believe it", said Ruby Trahan Robinson, 63.

In this photo provided by the Chambers County Sheriff's Office, floodwaters surround a home in Winnie, Texas, after Imelda raked the area.

The Houston Fire Department says its crews performed more than 900 water rescues on Thursday and were dispatched to almost 1,800 emergency calls. "They did try to go into water to see if they could pull him out to no avail".

Both the horses and people were all rescued.

The rainstorm is now moving into northeast Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, Pagano said, and will soon begin dissipating. Flash flood watches are in effect Thursday more millions of people across East Texas and western Louisiana.

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The National Weather Service in Houston preliminary reported that the highest storm total rainfall so far is 43.15 inches in Jefferson County, Texas, which makes Imelda the seventh wettest tropical cyclone in United States history.

Sargent, a town of about 2,700 residents in Matagorda County, had received almost 20 inches (508 millimeters) of rain since Tuesday.

Damages and economic loss from Imelda could reach $6 billion to $8 billion, based on historic data from the region, Myers said in an email.

In Winnie, a town of about 3,200 people 60 miles east of Houston, a hospital was evacuated. George Bush International Airport, closed for much of Thursday, is reopening Friday.

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