178 people rescued amid Texas flood watch: ‘We’re not out of the woods yet’

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A flood watch remains in effect for more than 11 million people in Texas and Oklahoma on Saturday as a number of flood warnings were issued as residents are urged not to drive on flooded roads.

During a press conference on Saturday afternoon, Harris County, Texas, Judge Lina Hidalgo said 178 people and 122 pets have been rescued amid the flooding, and no deaths or injuries have been reported.

“Unfortunately, what we saw was basically what we predicted, which was a lot of flooding,” Hidalgo said, noting, in some areas there has been flooding “all the way up to the power lines.”

The east fork of the San Jacinto River crested at 77.8 feet above sea level and the water is still rising on the west fork, according to Hidalgo.

The judge warned that it was too late for residents to evacuate without calling 911.

“We’re not out of the woods yet and a level of uncertainty remains,” Hidalgo said.