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PHOTOS: Houston Under Water as Deadly Texas Flooding Pushes East

The extended Memorial Day Weekend ended on a wet note across eastern Texas when heavy rains and severe thunderstorms moved in late on Monday.

By Tuesday morning, the rain and thunderstorms were diminishing across Texas but left behind swollen rivers, flooded roadways and a nightmare for those traveling in the area.

Houston was one of the hardest-hit areas with some locations on the western side of the city picking up over 10 inches of rain from the storms.

"Strong storms moved in and stalled over the Houston Metro, leading to an incredibly prolonged period of heavy rainfall," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Becky Elliott.

Elliott continued by adding that the Houston Intercontinental Airport was continuously reporting thunderstorm activity for over seven hours straight.

On Monday evening, a dam ruptured in Bastrop County, Texas, located east of Austin. This sent a wall of water racing downstream, flooding roads and property in its path.

In less than three hours, all of the water being held back by the dam had emptied downstream.

While severe, the flooding downstream from the ruptured dam was not as major as what occurred in Houston throughout Monday night.

Torrents of heavy rain battered the Houston area throughout much of Monday night with the heaviest rain focusing on the southwest side of the city.

Roadways quickly became flooded and impassible causing travel to grind to a halt.

Some people ended up getting stranded in their vehicles in the middle of flooded roads. In the most extreme cases, water rescues had to be performed by emergency crews to rescue those who were trapped.

The flooding storms moved into the Houston area right around the same time that the Houston Rockets were finishing up their home game at the Toyota Center.

The organization warned fans of the weather conditions outside and told them that they could stay until conditions improved. In some cases, some fans were not able to leave because flood waters swallowed their vehicles.

Flash flood emergencies were issued multiple times by the National Weather Service throughout the night, encompassing the entire downtown area of Houston.

By Tuesday morning, the Houston International Airport, located on the north side of the city had received over 4.50 inches of rain. In comparison, the airport typically received 5.09 inches of rain during the entire month of May.

Rainfall totals more than doubled this on the southern and western part of the city.

The Sugar Land Airport was one of these locations, receiving more than 10 inches of rain in a 10-hour period, according to the airport's observations.

At one point in the night, the Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management reported on their Twitter account that the Buffalo Bayou received 8.3 inches of rain in a three-hour period. This is the equivalent of nearly 3 inches of rain an hour for three hours straight.

Torrential rain and strong thunderstorms have been hammering Texas since late last week. At least 12 people remain missing from the devastating flooding that hit Wimberley, Texas, over the weekend.

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