Flooding in Houston Causing Cancellations, Delays at Local Airports
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Travelers and residents in Houston are in the midst of a chaotic situation as torrential rainfall has hammered the city, causing flash floods, closing airports and trapping residents in their homes.
According to Weather.com, rainfall totals of 10 to 20 inches have been recorded near Houston, and the persistent storms are continuing to dump three to four inches per hour as of early Monday morning.
Authorities urged residents and visitors to stay in their homes and hotels, and recommended that people stay off the roads as the flooding continued to intensify. Unfortunately, some residents who stayed in their homes were soon trapped in rising water as well, forcing as many as 60 water rescues.
For travelers, both the George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport in Houston have been impacted by the storm. George Bush Intercontinental Airport was forced to cancel over 300 flights as of 9 a.m. ET, but the airport has now reported that the facility is in a full ground stop as of 9:20 a.m. ET:
Full ground stop at IAH currently. Pls check w/ carrier for info on YOUR specific flight. Flooding on roads around facility— Houston Bush Airport (@iah) April 18, 2016
In addition, William P. Hobby Airport has canceled 136 flights, as of 9:20 a.m. ET:
UPDATE - 136 cancellations/10 delays at 8:15 am. Check your carrier for details and https://t.co/owZrnjsoOR every 15 minutes for updates— Hobby Airport (@HobbyAirport) April 18, 2016
On Monday, city officials in Houston opened the Emergency Operations Center to help people in trouble due to the flooding. To help keep people off the roads, most schools in and around the Houston area have been closed.
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