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    Imelda’s deluge won’t let up over Texas and Louisiana

    HOUSTON (AP) — Rain from Tropical Depression Imelda was still deluging parts of Texas and Louisiana yesterday. Forecasters warned of life-threatening flash floods in the United States (US) as an additional five to 10 inches, and predicted even “25 to 35 inches” in some places as the system moves slowly over the area.

    Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator in Brazoria County at the south of Houston along the Gulf Coast Glenn LaMont said he had seen no reports of flooded homes or people stranded despite heavy rainfall as of late Wednesday, but cautioned, “It’s too early to breathe a sigh of relief.”

    Most of the heaviest showers had moved to the east of Houston, into Beaumont, Texas, and southwestern Louisiana, by Wednesday evening, but the storm’s remnants spawned several weak tornadoes in the Baytown area, about 40 kilometres east of Houston, damaging trees, barns and sheds and causing minor damage to some homes and vehicles.

    Forecasters said the Houston area could still face some heavy rainfall even as the system’s centre shifted to about 180 kilometres north of the city, moving north-northwest at 7kph.

    Parts of East Texas could get up to 254 millimetres of rain as the remnants of Imelda continue moving north and away from Houston, according to the National Weather Service.

    Coastal counties, including Brazoria, Matagorda and Galveston, got the most rainfall so far.

    Some parts of the Houston area had received nearly 203 millimetres of rain, while the city of Galveston, which had street flooding, had received nearly 229 millimetres, according to preliminary rainfall totals released on Wednesday afternoon by the National Weather Service.

    Sargent, a town of about 2,700 residents in Matagorda County, had received nearly 508 millimetres of rain since Tuesday.

    Flooded areas in Sargent, Texas. PHOTO: AP

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