The remnants of Tropical Storm Charley have inundated southwestern Texas with more than a foot of rain, causing flooding that has forced people to flee homes and riverside parks. Five deaths were linked to the deluge.
As more rain fell Monday, a neighborhood in the border city of Del Rio was evacuated early in the morning, with three people rescued from treetops and roofs, after San Felipe Creek rushed out of its banks."We don't know who we got out," police Lt. Ramiro Castillo said early Monday. "We had evacuated a lot of people before the floodwaters got too high. We have a lot of people in shelters. I don't know how many."
Tropical Storm Charley rolled ashore from the Gulf of Mexico Friday. It quickly weakened into a tropical depression. However, the remnants of the system have sat stationary over Del Rio, pouring water on a region that had been suffering drought conditions.
"All the rivers are out of their banks," said Chris Steinbruck, a dispatcher for police in Uvalde, about 70 miles east of Del Rio. "This is disastrous. It's just unbelievable."
The National Weather Service said Del Rio got a record 11.87 inches of rain on Sunday, pushing its total so far this month to 14.59 inches. The city's previous record for August was only 6.10 inches.
Four people, including two children, were killed and six others were injured Sunday when a pickup truck was swept into a creek in Real County about 100 miles northwest of San Antonio. A 65-year-old man died of a heart attack while being evacuated.