Heavy rains, nearing 2 feet in some places, swamped the Houston, Texas metro area, causing significant flooding and forcing evacuations.
By 10:30 a.m. local time on Monday morning, the city of Houston had requested disaster declaration.
As flood waters have covered roadways and more than 1,000 homes have reportedly flooded, authorities have responded to more than 1,200 flooding emergency — and that number is rising along with the flood waters.
The heavy rains caused rivers and creeks to rise, and prevented the low-lying cities drainage system from clearing water fast enough to spare homes from flooding. Reports indicate that the flooding in some spots is comparable, if not worse than, flooding that occurred during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.