Flooding triggered by torrential downpours in Houston area has claimed lives of eight people and damaged some 1,150 homes this week.
The catastrophic flooding has caused more than $5 billion in damage, CNN reported. The Houston-area community of Hockley got pummeled with 17 inches of rain in less than 24 hours.
Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster for nine counties in and around the Houston area.
According to the Reuters, the weather service has issued a flood watch from central Texas through Houston and into large parts of Louisiana.