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Weekly wrap-up: Texas flooding turns deadly; Swollen Seine River forces evacuations in Paris

A very wet spring season continued for parts of the central United States this week resulting in swollen rivers, evacuations, traffic problems and several fatalities.

In southeastern Texas, the Brazos River in Richmond reached a record flood stage of 54 feet. Elsewhere along the river, about 150 people had to be evacuated in Rosenberg, Texas. Unprecedented water levels were observed in the northern part of the town.

Five soldiers were killed on Thursday after their vehicle overturned at a low-water crossing near Fort Hood, Texas. Others were still missing, according to the Fort Hood Press Center.

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The flooding caused at least six other deaths across the state in the last week, according to the Associated Press.

The city of Sugar Land urged residents to stay away from the river as the swift currents displaced dangerous wildlife including poisonous snakes and alligators.

On Thursday, at least 130 roadways in the state were either flooded or closed, the Texas Department of Transportation said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 31 counties on Wednesday night as a result of the severe weather.

Local residents weren't the only ones forced to escape floodwaters. Volunteers from the Houston SPCA successfully rescued six horses on May 28. In Simonton, Texas, footage showed animals scrambling to escape the rising waters.

"Some parts of Texas have received between 150 and 200 percent of their normal rainfall since the start of the year," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said.

Bonnie, the second named tropical system of the 2016 hurricane season, caused a soggy Memorial Day weekend for many in the Carolinas.

The storm made landfall as a tropical depression just east of Charleston, South Carolina, on the Isle of Palms around 8:30 a.m. EDT Sunday.

After the system weakened to a tropical rainstorm during the middle of the week, Bonnie reformed into a tropical depression near the Carolinas on Thursday.

Stormy weather brought destruction, caused fatalities and forced evacuations throughout parts of Europe.

Eleven people were struck by lightning in a Paris park on Saturday, May 28, the AP reported. The injured included eight children and three adults who were in the park for a children's birthday party. One child was in critical condition, while four other children and two adults were seriously injured.

Due to the unrelenting rain, the French Open had its first all-day cancellation since 2000 on Monday. More delays occurred on Tuesday, and the players that did have matches expressed frustration with the court conditions.

Due to flooding along the Seine River in Paris, the historic Louvre Museum was closed on Friday, June 3. French news agency (AFP) reported that the museum was being closed to evacuate artworks in its underground reserves.

Deadly flash flooding slammed parts of southwestern Germany on Sunday, May 29, causing mudslides and inundating roads. At least 10 people in Europe were killed as a result of the flooding this week, with most of the deaths reported in Germany, according to the BBC.

Several AccuWeather meteorologists and staff writers contributed content to this article.


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