Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The rain closed schools and threatened flooding in Texas and California

Torrential rain in Texas on Wednesday closed schools and raised the risk of flooding around Houston, in another round of dangerous downpours that drenched much of the United States.

Wet, icy winter weather washed away cars in San Diego, California, prompted flood rescues in San Antonio, Texas, and covered icy roads in the Midwest. Rain will continue to move across the Gulf of Mexico coast on Thursday and Friday.

In San Antonio, a police car was stuck Wednesday in a lane leading to a heavily flooded interstate highway, with water reaching almost to the door handles.

A police spokesman told the television station KSAT that the officer was there to block traffic due to rising water but was trapped. The agent got out of the car safely.

Classes in rural counties outside of Austin were canceled due to morning showers in Texas, where some areas received more than 8 inches of rain in 48 hours. In Fayette County, the rain forced the closure of all local government offices and threatened to overflow the Colorado River.

Flood warnings were also in effect in Houston, halting morning commutes.

“We had a multi-day heavy rain event along the Gulf coast,” said David Roth of the National Weather Service.

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency this week for Ventura and San Diego counties, the latter affected by heavy rains and strong waves that caused flooding.

The rain flooded streets and highways, stopped traffic on buses and trams, and shocked many people.

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