Rain slows, but flooding still threat in southeast Texas
The heavy rain that’s been hovering over parts of southeastern and central Texas and caused deadly flooding began to lift Saturday. But officials said the flooding emergency near the Gulf Coast was worsening.
To the southeast, water levels began to recede along upstream portions of the Brazos River, but the peril increased downstream as the water churned toward the Gulf of Mexico. Emergency officials in Brazoria County warned residents in East Columbia, Bailey’s Prairie and Bar-X to be prepared to evacuate their homes.
The Brazos River stood at 52.55 feet near midday Saturday at Rosharon in northern Brazoria County, which is 9.55 feet above flood stage. It is expected to crest at 52.8 feet late Sunday morning – third-highest crest on record at that gauge.
Meanwhile, Army officials kept up their investigation of a training exercise that went horribly wrong at Fort Hood, leaving nine soldiers dead. The bodies of five soldiers were recovered Thursday and four were found Friday. Three soldiers survived. They were discharged Friday from Fort Hood’s hospital and returned to duty.