Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in nine counties in and around the Houston area.
Thousands without power
Abbott advised residents to exercise caution amid the weather. Though rain was falling over the entire region early Tuesday, the city planned to take advantage of a predicted lighter rainfall and begin the cleanup, said Janice Evans, the spokeswoman for Houston’s mayor.
“City already putting together debris collection schedules,” Evans tweeted.
The regional utility CenterPoint Energy restored power to more than 100,000 people Monday, it reported on its Twitter page — but 20,000 people were still in the dark, and crews planned to work through the night to turn the lights back on.
‘Turn around, don’t down’
Monday’s flooding made for some dramatic rescues, including a man who was seconds away from being submerged.
Just before a news crew from CNN affiliate KTRK was about to go on air at the edge of a flooded road, they saw the man’s black Toyota Prius drive into the water and quickly float away.