Thousands of people were forced from their homes or stranded on flooded freeways as rains from Tropical Storm Allison swept Houston. As of Monday, June 11, fifteen people had been found dead and more than 20,000 rendered homeless in the Houston area, and massive rainfall totals had been recorded across most of east Texas and Louisiana as well.

Highways were turned into lakes and rivers, and three people died in the flood. One woman was found drowned in a downtown Houston office building. She was in an elevator that lost power during the storm and plunged to the flooded basement.

?It?s bad, it is a disaster,? said Mayor Lee Brown, as he toured the city by helicopter. ?Some subdivisions are flooding over,? he said.
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