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Imelda leaves Gulf Coast drenched, damaged

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/23/19, 12:12 pm

The cleanup from Tropical Storm Imelda has begun in Texas and Louisiana, where five people died in the flooding last week. Some roads in Harris County, Texas, remained impassible over the weekend. The storm damaged several schools near Beaumont, Texas, along with hundreds of homes and other buildings in Houston and across the border in Louisiana. Imelda dumped nearly 2 feet of rain in 24 hours in some places.

How much will cleanup cost? The storm caused millions of dollars in uninsured losses. Officials in the Houston area were trying to determine if the costs could trigger a federal disaster declaration.

Dig deeper: Read Leigh Jones’ post–Hurricane Harvey report in WORLD Magazine about the cost of repetitive flood damage in the Houston area.


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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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