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Flash Flooding in Central Texas
Wednesday heavy rainfalls lead to flooding in the central part of Texas. Nearly a dozen inches of rain has swamped the area in the past two days. Flash flooding resulted in the death of one New Braunfels resident and widespread property damage.
Emergency responders rescued nearly 90 people from their homes or trees after the Guadalupe River banks overflowed. Evacuees of the flooding were housed at American Red Cross shelters, the Seguin-Guadalupe County Coliseum and New Braunfels Middle School.
Governor Rick Perry activated state search and rescue operations and warned residents to keep an eye on forecasts predicting additional rainfall. Texas health officials issued warnings of property damage and closed a New Braunfels waste-water plant after sewage began flowing into the Guadalupe River. Downstream residents were advised by the U.S. Center for Disease Control to wear protective clothing when cleaning their homes.
Rain was not the only hazard causing property damage in Texas this week; The National Weather Service stated that a small tornado cut through Jefferson County.
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