“Recovery teams were resuming the search early Tuesday for 12 people who are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream.
“The fate of those who were inside the home was still unclear. Recovery teams were to resume looking for as many as a dozen people who may have been staying at the two-story house in this small town in the Texas Hill Country, where punishing rains and other severe weather have destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes.
“Storms dumped record rainfall on the Plains and Midwest, caused major flooding and spawned tornadoes and killed at least 11 in Oklahoma and Texas. Texas authorities said 12 people are missing statewide and 30 are unaccounted for.
“In the Houston area, authorities located two bodies Tuesday after powerful storms rolled through the area, The Houston Chronicle reported. It is believed the two drowned in the flooding in the area. Authorities urged Houston residents to avoid all travel, and CenterPoint Energy reported that over 70,000 customers in the Houston area were without power.
“Authorities say that a total of three people died in Harris County, Texas – which includes Houston. Houston Mayor Annise Parker says city officials will be vigilant as the area’s waterways swell with several inches of rain. Parker said at a news conference on Tuesday morning that “we’re on the alert for folks in their houses as the bayous continue to rise.”
“The National Weather Service says about 11 inches of rain fell in six hours in parts of southwest Houston. Firefighters reportedly responded to 131 water rescues in the area after the storms hit. The paper reported that motorists abandoned their cars throughout the city. Meteorologists say storms that have been virtually parked over Texas for weeks are not yet done, raising the prospect of even more flooding.
Michael Moore, a documentary filmmaker and liberal political activist, commented exclusively for Newslo on the severe floods that have struck Texas in recent days, saying “all of this could have been avoided with one simple piece of legislation.”
“If Texans weren’t so conservative and narrow-minded, maybe none of this would have happened and dozens and hundreds of people wouldn’t have had to abandon their cars, homes and livelihoods. What is the one thing Texas has never and will never agree to? Gay marriages. This is God’s punishment for their selfishness,” said Moore.
He added: “But, that’s Texans for you. You know what they say, ‘some motherfu****s are always trying to ice skate uphill.’”