Texas leaders say the death toll is rising and thousands of structures are damaged after terrible flooding. Rough Cut (No reporter narration.)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Texas Governor Greg Abbott says the deadly flooding in his state is 'heartwrenching' and Houston Mayor Annise Parker says 4000 structures have been damaged. The two made the comments at a news conference Tuesday. Torrential rains have killed at least 10 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including three in Houston where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous U.S. city. The death toll is set to rise with numerous people missing in Texas after the storms slammed the states during the Memorial Day weekend, causing record floods that destroyed hundreds of homes, swept away bridges, and even unearthed a coffin from a Houston cemetery. It washed ashore on the banks of a bayou. Though Parker said parts of the city were unscathed, more than 1,000 vehicles were submerged in the Houston floods and people took instead to bicycles, kayaks and surfboards to navigate water-covered streets. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he had assured Texas Governor Greg Abbott that he could count on help from the federal government as the state recovers from the floods. Abbott has declared a state of disaster in at least 40 Texas counties, including Harris County, home to Houston. Abbott said he has deployed the state's National Guard and was worried the death toll could rise.