The Latest: Official: Rain stopped before serious damage

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Posted: Aug 08, 2017 12:14 PM
The Latest: Official: Rain stopped before serious damage

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on heavy rains that have flooded some parts of the Houston area (all times local):

11:14 a.m.

Heavy rains have caused flooding in the Houston area but officials say the downpours stopped just before there could be potential for serious damage to a wide stretch of homes and roadways.

Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District, says 5 to 6 inches of rain fell overnight Tuesday in some parts of the Houston area.

Officials reported nearly two-dozen water rescues Tuesday. Lindner says he expects some homes and structures will be flooded but that tally is still being determined.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood watch for the region until Wednesday morning.

Lindner says a break in the rain Tuesday should help waters recede from bayous and streets.

The same storm system brought widespread flooding to San Antonio and other areas Monday.

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7:13 a.m.

Torrential rains have brought more flooding to the Houston area as emergency officials urge motorists to stay home until the water recedes.

About 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain have fallen across much of Harris County, including Houston, and more has swamped suburbs west of the city.

Authorities are warning motorists of more than a dozen areas of high water along highways. Fire officials say they've conducted about two-dozen water rescues Tuesday, mostly pulling drivers from their stranded cars.

Houston officials launched emergency operations early Tuesday following the heavy rain that began a day earlier. The National Weather Service has issued flash-flood warnings for the region.

The same storm system brought widespread flooding to San Antonio and other areas Monday.