Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday described the massive flooding that had killed at least three people in his state as “a relentless wall of water that mowed down huge trees like they were grass,” according to Business Insider.
Abbott declared states of disaster in 24 counties and flew over the area south of Austin to assess the impact of the damage caused by tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding that forced evacuations and left thousands of residents without electrical power.
“This is the biggest flood this area of Texas has ever seen,” Abbott said.
“It is absolutely massive – the relentless tsunami-type power of this wave of water,” the governor said.
Recovery teams have also resumed the search early Tuesday for 12 people who are reportedly missing after the rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried their vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream.
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