The Latest: 17 inches of rain fall on southeast Texas city

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on flooding in Texas following heavy rains (all times local):

9 a.m.

Officials say almost a foot and a half of rain has fallen on the city of Brenham in southeast Texas.

Meteorologist Wendy Long says Brenham received 16.62 inches of rain on Thursday, breaking the city’s record for the most rain in a day

Meteorologist Patrick Blood says the rains washed out some roadways in the city located about 90 miles east of Austin.

Meteorologist Steve Smith says up to 10 inches of rain fell on counties in the Austin area, leading to several stranded vehicles and swift water rescues.

Officials say the rains let up in those areas by Friday morning but that more is expected in the late afternoon.


7:50 a.m.

Five people were rescued from the roof of a home by helicopter and two more are missing after torrential rain caused floods that closed roads and prompted evacuations in the Austin area.

Travis County Emergency Services spokeswoman Lisa Block said Friday that up to 9 inches of rain fell in parts of the county overnight.

Block says residents in one neighborhood were asked to evacuate their homes, while those in another neighborhood were advised to shelter in place.

She says waters have receded in the area where the two people are missing from their vehicle and that officials are hopeful they are safe.

Heavy rain also hit Houston, where some schools are closed or have delayed start times.