Houston death toll reaches seven, including one trucker

By Land Line staff | 4/20/2016

Flooding in the Houston area has claimed at least seven lives, according to a news release Wednesday morning on the Houston Downtown Management District’s emergency information website.

Among those seven was Pedro Rascon Morales, a 61-year-old truck driver from El Paso, Texas. Witnesses said Morales’ truck went into deep water on the Sam Houston Parkway – just off Interstate 10. Police told local television stations that Morales may have had some kind of medical emergency.

According to The Associated Press, Morales was found dead inside a submerged tractor-trailer on Tuesday in Houston. Areas around Houston were reported to receive as much as 17 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. CNN was reporting that about 1,000 homes were flooding, causing $5 billion in damage.

The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office reported 1,125 evacuation and rescue responses as of Wednesday morning. Houston reported 1,191.

In addition to the seven deaths reported in Harris County, one fatality each was reported in Austin and Waller counties.

More rain was expected Wednesday. According to CNN, another 1-3 inches of rain was expected during the next several days in the Houston area.

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