Tropical Depression Imelda Floods South Texas Streets

Tropical Storm Imelda produced a “flash flood emergency” in Winnie, Texas, that forced the evacuation of a local hospital on Thursday, September 19, local media reported, citing officials.

Officials said there were reports of floodwater seeping into homes and businesses in Winnie. Citing officials, local media said floodwater entered the homes of about 20 percent of people in Winnie.

Several roadways were impassable due to flooding. These videos, taken near Winnie, show water-soaked roadways and cars stuck in floodwater. Jeffrey Rue, who filmed the videos, said he saw “many vehicles stuck” in the water.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Imelda produced “significant and life-threatening flooding” across southeast Texas, including Winnie and Beaumont.

Imelda was about 110 miles north of Houston, Texas, and about 70 miles northeast of College Station, Texas, as of a 4 am Thursday update from the NHC. The storm was moving at 5 mph with 30 mph winds.

Forecasters said Imelda was expected to weaken over the next day. Credit: Jeffrey Rue via Storyful