Governor calls flood damage 'devastating'
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the damage caused by flash-flooding in Central Texas is "absolutely devastating."
The governor flew over parts of the rain-swollen Blanco River on Monday, a day after heavy rains pushed the river out of its banks and into surrounding homes in the small town of Wimberley.
At a news conference, Abbott says the damage he saw was "absolutely massive" from the storms' "relentless tsunami-type power."
He stressed that communities downstream need to monitor flood levels and take seriously the threat of the ongoing storms.
Abbott didn't offer updates on the dead or missing following the powerful storms sweeping through parts of Texas and northern Mexico. In Texas, at least one person has died and 12 are missing; in Mexico, a tornado Monday killed more than a dozen people.
But the governor did add 24 counties to his state disaster declaration, bringing the total to 37 counties in mostly the eastern half of the state. That allows for further mobilization of state resources to assist disaster-struck communities.