Southern Plains Flooding: At Least 28 Killed in Texas and Oklahoma; President Obama Signs Disaster Declaration

Roberto Salas, left, and Lewis Sternhagen check a flooded car on a frontage road near the Willow Waterhole Bayou on Tuesday in Houston. Floodwaters kept rising Tuesday across much of Texas as storms dumped almost another foot of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the highways. (Marie D. De Jesus/AP)

(SOURCE)   The record-breaking rain still hasn’t stopped falling on Texas, and all that water has to go somewhere.

That’s the dilemma facing state officials as they monitor river levels, especially in parts of southeastern Texas. As floodwaters flow downstream and toward the Gulf of Mexico, it could create a traffic jam of water along rivers like the Colorado, Brazos and San Jacinto, the Associated Press reported.

Friday night President Obama signed a disaster declaration allowing the state to utilize federal funding in recovery efforts stemming from severe weather that started May 4. 

Lake Lewisville encroaches upon multi-family dwellings, Friday, May 29, 2015 in Lewisville, Texas. Floodwaters submerged Texas highways and threatened more homes Friday after another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

The funding will assist in immediate aid like temporary housing and more long-term necessities like home repairs. 

Texas has received a statewide average of 7.54 inches of rain so far this month, shattering the record of 6.66 inches in June 2004.

The worst news for those living near the downstream waterways is that the rainfall still hasn’t stopped in North Texas. Flooding returned to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex overnight Thursday, dumping more than a half-foot of additional rain in some areas. It led to water rescues and officially broke the Metroplex’s all-time record for May rainfall.

At least 28 deaths have been reported from flooding and tornadoes over the last week. Several bodies have been identified, including that of 6-year-old Andrew McComb Friday night. In addition, at least 10 remain missing. Here are the latest impacts from both Texas and Oklahoma.

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