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Red Cross Opening Shelters Across Texas Coast

Port Arthur officials say that city got 12 inches of rain in a 24-hour period

The American Red Cross has been opening shelters in areas along the Texas coast that have been inundated by flooding from heavy rains over the last few days.

A spokeswoman for the group’s Texas Gulf Coast region says about 160 people were expected at a shelter at an elementary school that opened yesterday afternoon in Weslaco, in far South Texas near the border with Mexico. Some were staying at shelters in Orange, east of Houston, as well as in areas near San Benito and Donna, Texas.

A tropical system that largely missed the Houston area, dumped large amounts of water on other coastal parts of Texas.

Port Arthur officials say that city got 12 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. And Corpus Christi saw significant street flooding, where officials there say some areas got more rain than during Hurricane Harvey. That area could see more rain today.

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