More flooding in Texas after storms, two dozen dead

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Rain caused flooding on roads in parts of Texas on Saturday, an official said, after severe weather killed at least 24 people during the week and prompted US President Barack Obama to declare a disaster in the state.

Texas has endured record rainfall in May. This week, flooding turned streets into rivers, ripped homes off foundations, swept over thousands of vehicles and trapped people in cars and houses.

Obama signed a disaster declaration late on Friday to free up federal funds to help rebuild areas of Texas slammed by the storms. No estimate has been given for the damage in Texas.

The bodies of two women were recovered on Saturday from the Blanco River in Hayes County, the county sheriff’s office said in a statement, raising the death toll from the flooding to 24.

Flash flood warnings were in place for several counties in North Texas, including Dallas County.

The National Weather Service forecast scattered thunderstorms along a cold front stretching from Texas to the northeastern United States.