Houston was flooded by a record-shattering rainfall on Tuesday. Almost 17 inches of rain had fallen by 2 PM Monday, and more rain is in the forecast. Large areas of the city were flooded, and the waters rose so fast that residents in low-lying parts of the city were unable to leave their homes. Emergency services were overwhelmed, and many residents became involved in ad-hoc community efforts to escape the rising water. The 5 deaths all involved vehicles becoming submerged. In once case, two people were found dead in a car that had driven around a barricade and entered a flash flood area.
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