Imelda leaves at least two dead in Texas, others stranded and trapped
CHINA, Texas (AP) - The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda that flooded parts of Texas left at least two people dead and rescue crews with boats scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in homes.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said that by Thursday night, floodwaters had started receding in most of the Houston area. Police Chief Art Acevedo said law enforcement officers planned to work well into the night to clear freeways of vehicles stalled and abandoned because of flooding.
ABC 13 is reporting that multiple barges hit the I-10 bridge over the San Jacinto River. The bridge was closed in both directions.
Early this morning, multiple barges broke loose from the north side of the San Jacinto River @ I-10 East. Barges are stacked up. There is possible structural damage to the bridge, @TxDOTHouston will assess further this morning. @HCSOTexas is on the scene. #HouNews— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) September 20, 2019
Officials in Harris County, which includes Houston, said there had been a combination of at least 1,700 high-water rescues and evacuations to get people to shelter during a relentless downpour that drew comparisons to Hurricane Harvey two years ago.
The storm also flooded parts of southwestern Louisiana.
I-10 West remains closed at LA 109 (MM 4) due to flooding in Texas. Motorists traveling westbound may take I-49 (Exit 103B), US 165 (Exit 44), US 171 (Exit 33), or LA 27 (Exit 27) to detour to I-20. For updates— Lake Charles Traffic (@LC_Traffic) September 20, 2019