WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Texas state officials report flood surges continue down the river basins of central and south Texas. The Guadalupe River crested to nearly 35 feet, or about 14 above flood stage, at Victoria in Victoria County yesterday, breaking a record flood level set in 1936.
Hundreds of homes and businesses were inundated, many up to their roofs. Helicopters and boats from law enforcement agencies, the National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard plucked many residents off the roofs of their homes to safety. As many as 60 people were reported rescued yesterday. As of 7:30 a.m. EDT today, the river was at 31.89 feet or about 10.89 above flood stage.
The flood surge along the Guadalupe is making its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Dozens of communities downstream from Victoria are bracing for severe flooding. The National Weather Service (NWS) along with local officials are urging residents living in low-lying areas from Victoria to San Antonio Bay on the Gulf Coast to evacuate immediately. State officials have issued evacuation recommendations for parts of Calhoun and Wharton counties.
Texas state officials report that the towns of Seguin (Guadalupe County) and Cuero (DeWitt County) have lost power and their water treatment plants are inundated.
Officially, the state reports casualties now stand at 17 dead, 8 missing and an unknown numbered of injured. There were 27 shelters open housing 1,539 people last night.
The U.S. Department of Transportation reports the floods are not interrupting any air carriers or airports. The West bound lane of Interstate 10 is closed over the San Jacinto River after a barge hit the bridge. The eastbound lane is carrying two-way traffic. All rail traffic into and out of San Antonio has been halted because of high water. The Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railways are attempting to reroute trains around problem areas by using alternate lines.