3 die in Houston-area flooding

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HOUSTON, Texas (AP) – Authorities say three people have died in Harris County, Texas, due to flooding.

Houston Police Department spokesman Victor Senties confirmed two bodies were found in the city of Houston.

Harris County Flood Control District spokeswoman Kim Jackson says a third body was found in a vehicle on Interstate 45.

Jackson also says between 500 and 700 homes in Harris County have sustained some level of flood damage.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker says city officials will be vigilant as the area’s waterways swell with several inches of rain.

Parker said at a news conference on Tuesday morning that “we’re on the alert for folks in their houses as the bayous continue to rise.”

The National Weather Service says about 11 inches of rain fell in six hours in parts of southwest Houston.

The high water and flooding made driving impossible for many travelers in the Houston area, even those on the city’s major highways. Dozens of vehicles were stranded in high water throughout the city.

Storms also knocked out power in parts of the city.

About 20 school districts in the area were either closed or had delayed opening.

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