(Reuters) – Dangerous flash floods inundated parts of southeastern Texas on Thursday as Tropical Depression Imelda dumped the last of its rains, with the National Hurricane Center predicting rain totals up to 35 inches (89 cm) in some coastal areas.
Three days of rains in the Houston area stranded motorists on flooded roads, confined people to their homes and prompted the evacuation of at least one hospital, according to media reports, local officials and social media posts.
Millions of people in and around Houston and nearby western Louisiana remained under flash flood watches on Thursday as the National Weather Service predicted a final 4 to 10 inches (10 to 25 cm) of rainfall before petering out.
Some areas experienced the worst flooding since Hurricane Harvey submerged Houston two years ago, killing more than 60 people. Houston appeared to be spared the worst impacts of Imelda this week, though some city roads were flooded on Wednesday.
The small town of Winnie, about 60 miles (97 km) east of Houston, had been…