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Flood-Related Deaths In Houston Area Floods: Eighth Death Confirmed

This story will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

This story will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

Update Wednesday, April 20, 2016:

Officials say another person has died in Houston-area floods, raising the toll to eight.

The Austin County sheriff’s office didn’t provide more information Wednesday on the most recent drowning.

Six people have died in Harris County and one more in neighboring Waller County since a huge storm dropped more than a foot of rain on the area.

Thousands of people have been displaced and major highways closed after the rains that started Sunday overwhelmed Houston’s bayous.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016:

According to a press release from the Emergency Operations Center, the City of Houston has confirmed six fatalities that have resulted from the flooding:

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (IFS) has confirmed six fatalities related to the recent flooding. Three of those deaths are in City of Houston, two occurred in unincorporated Harris County, and one occurred in Waller County. Information on cause and manner of death will be provided by IFS at harriscountytx.gov/ifs.

The first victim, a male, was discovered by HFD units at 10:45 a.m. at 17133 Imperial Valley Drive. Although the victim was found inside a vehicle with water, it is unconfirmed whether the death was directly related to the flooding event. Autopsy results by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences will determine the male’s cause of death.

Two additional victims were discovered inside two vehicles at 3605 West Loop South at about 2:40 p.m. today. The flooded vehicle was located underneath the overpass at Richmond Avenue.

The identities of all three victims are pending notification to family members by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

Monday, April 18, 2016:

A fifth person died from floodwaters. The death of a high school teacher from Royal ISD was confirmed by the school on Twitter.

Earlier on Monday, April 18, 2016:

A county judge says four people have died in flooding caused by heavy rainfall in the Houston area.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says two people died in a vehicle that ignored barricades at a freeway underpass.

He says traffic cameras recorded the vehicle going around the blockade and head into the water. The vehicle didn’t make it through.

Two deaths reported earlier Monday included one man found inside a truck that drove into high water on a freeway service road.

Harris County precinct Sgt. Herbert Martinez says crews monitoring the high water on the road saw the man in the 18-wheeler truck drive directly into the water. He says it’s possible the driver may have suffered some kind of medical emergency.

Another man, identified only as a contractor working for the city’s airport system, also was found dead in a submerged vehicle not far from Houston Intercontinental Airport.

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