Tropical Storm Imelda: two dead and more than 1,000 rescued as floods hit Texas

Jefferson county hit with estimated 40in of rain in 72 hours as story evokes memories of Hurricane Harvey

The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda flooded parts of Texas on Thursday, leaving at least two people dead and rescue crews with boats scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes during a relentless downpour that drew comparisons to Hurricane Harvey two years ago.

Officials in Harris county, which includes Houston, said there had been a combination of at least 1,000 high-water rescues and evacuations to get people to shelter. The storm also flooded parts of south-western Louisiana.

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