There was at least one storm-related death in Harris County, officials said. A man in his 40s or 50s was pulled from a van found submerged in Houston floodwaters Thursday evening, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. He died after being transported to the hospital.
Imelda dumped more than 15 inches across Harris County, plunging cars and streets under water. Some areas in neighboring Jefferson County saw a whooping 43 inches of water.
Neighbors rescue neighbors
Residents began ditching their cars after heavy flooding made the roadways impassable.
And neighbors took it upon themselves to help each other, with one resident telling the affiliate, “we’re just trying to take care of our people.”
Officials in the area suspended rescue operations until Friday morning, but announced rescue crews will continue responding to life-threatening situations only.
Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott declared a state of disaster Thursday for 13 counties.
Comparing Imelda to Harvey
Many southeast Texas residents say the storm was similar — and some said worse — than Hurricane Harvey. The Category 4 monster made landfall on Texas and Louisiana two years ago.
Misty Walton’s apartment in Vidor, Texas, was inundated with water as remnants from Imelda moved through state.
“Harvey was bad and this is bad too,” Walton said. “People are not even done rebuilding here and it’s happening again.”
She said her apartment and two cars in the driveway were flooded.
“I don’t know what we’re going to do,” she said. “But like always we pull together and we find a way.”
CNN’s Alisha Ebrahimji contributed to this report.
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