HOUSTON, TX — It’s only been two years since Hurricane Harvey let its wrath known in Southeastern Texas.
But over the last few days, tropical storm Imelda slammed Houston and its surrounding areas with heavy rain and intense flooding.
Some areas even received more than three feet of rain — making Imelda the 7th wettest tropical cyclone in US history. Rain was expected to continue Friday.
Fil-Am families in the greater Houston area are reliving the nightmares of flooding from Harvey two years ago.
Houston authorities are urging residents to seek high ground, as rising floodwaters are invading homes and have shut down major roadways.
The most flooded areas were reported north and east of Houston, including in Beaumont, Texas
Emergency workers rescued about 200 people in the affected areas overnight, and hundreds more were on a waiting list to be rescued. Airboats from the sheriff’s office and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department were helping with the rescues, bringing high-water ATV vehicles.
Pinoys were among those rescued from life-threatening floods.
“Nandidito po kami na sa 4-wheeler po. Part of the rescue team. In order for me na makapunta sa bahay namin dahil po sobra po ng lakas ng baha at saka sobra laki ng tubig.”
Hundreds of cars were also left on Houston freeways —- because of impassable roads, as well as downed trees and power lines.
At least two people have been killed by Imelda – both from drowning.
Imelda also canceled more than 600 flights and caused more than 200 flight delays into, out of or through Houston.
Filipina singer Sheryn Regis was among those stranded.
“We were supposed to fly to San Francisco at 2:20 PM. But the flight was canceled,” said Regis. “Not just our flight but a lot of flights. It was raining so hard and there’s a lot of delays and a lot of problems.”
A state of disaster was been declared By Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to free up government resources for affected areas.
Imelda has since weakened and was expected to move slowly north-northwest toward Oklahoma.