Widespread Flooding, Dozens of Water Rescues Reported in Houston Area

In this aerial photo, homes are surrounded by floodwaters from the nearby Sabine River following recent heavy rains, Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in Deweyville, Texas. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

(SOURCE)  A widespread disaster unfolded early Monday morning in the Houston area as torrential, prolonged rainfall came down at rates as high as four inches an hour, flooding waterways at rapid rates and leaving residents trapped in their own homes.

Rainfall totals of 10 to 20 inches have been measured in southeast Texas to the northwest of Houston as of 6:30 a.m. CDT, according to the Harris County Flood Control District. In some places, rainfall rates of 3 to 4 inches per hour were reported.

Danielle Henry, left, and Beau Burch ride in a boat through floodwaters from the Sabine River, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Deweyville, Texas. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

“This is a mind-boggling situation,” said Jim Cantore, storm tracker for The Weather Channel.

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