Storms Swamp Central Texas

Floods to blame for 11 deaths
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2007 9:36 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Rain continues to pelt central Texas, where 11 people have died in the flooding over the past 10 days and yesterday saw another 18 inches of precipitation on the town of Marble Falls. Some 150 National Guard troops are in the area, where rooftop rescues had to be suspended briefly because the weather grounded helicopters.

In Marble Falls, 40 miles from Austin, a 3-foot-wide creek has ballooned to 100 feet, and the 47-year-old mayor called the conditions "the worst I’ve ever seen it in my lifetime." More rain was forecast, and officials warned that more fatalities were possible if residents didn't evacuate to higher ground.