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PHOTOS: Aftermath of deadly flood in Texas

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    San Marcos Firefighter Jay Horton rescues a woman from in flood waters in San Marcos,|Reuters

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    Mark Norris, walking in black t-shirt, Retha Norris, Ally Smith, 4, and Christina Nor|Reuters

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    Vehicles are stranded by flood waters in south Houston, Texas May 26, 2015.

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    Flood damaged vehicles and debris are strewn across lawns throughout the length of Bo|Reuters

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    Flood damaged cars and debris are piled up against a line of trees in San Marcos, Tex|

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    The flooded Whole Earth Provisions Company on Lamar Street is shown after days of hea|Getty Images

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    Bike spokes are shown caked with debris on Lamar Street after days of heavy rain on M|Getty Images

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    Vehicles are left stranded on a flooded Interstate 45 in Houston, Texas on May 26, 20|Getty Images

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    Vehicles are left stranded on a flooded Interstate 45 in Houston, Texas on May 26, 20|Getty Images

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    Debris is collected in front of Rio Bonito Resort May 26, 2015 in Wimberley, Texas.

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    Debris is collected in front of Rio Bonito Resort May 26, 2015 in Wimberley, Texas.

HOUSTON(Reuters) - Torrential rains have killed at least eight people inTexasandOklahoma, including two in Houstonwhere flooding turned streets into rivers and led to nearly 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous U.S. city, officials said on Tuesday.

Another 12 people were missing inTexasafter the storms slammed the states during theMemorial Dayweekend, causing floods and tornadoes that destroyed homes and swept away bridges.

"There are still some significant areas of really devastating flooding inHouston," MayorAnnise Parkersaid at a news conference, adding she has asked the governor to declare the city a disaster area.

She said most ofHoustonis high and dry but advised people to stay home.

PresidentBarack Obamasaid on Tuesday that he had assuredTexasGovernorGreg Abbottthat he could count on help from thefederal governmentas the state recovers from the floods. Abbott has declared a state of disaster in 24Texascounties.

There was no damage estimate available for the state, which has a $1.4 trillion-a-year economy and is the country's main domestic source of energy as well as an agricultural and manufacturing power.

More bad weather was expected with theNational Weather Serviceissuing aflashfloodwarning on Tuesday forHoustonas a line of thunderstorms moved along theGulf of Mexicocoast towardFlorida. It said there was a high chance of more rain and thunderstorms forTexasthis week.

Rescue workers looked for 12 members of two families missing after their vacation home was swept off its foundation inWimberley, a town about 30 miles southwest ofAustin, wherefloodwaters caused a wave of destruction.

"(People) have lost their homes, they have lost their livelihoods in some businesses," saidWimberleyMayorSteve Thurber.

One of those killed was an 18-year-old girl whose car was swept away byfloodwaters as she returned home from her high school prom, police in Devine,Texas, south ofSan Antonio, said.

More than 40 flights were canceled as of 10 a.m. CDT (1100 ET) at airports inHoustonandDallas, some of the nation's busiest, as blocked roads made it difficult for workers to get to their jobs. A sinkhole also closed a runway at theDallas/Fort Worth International airport, according to media reports.

About 100,000 customers were without power throughout the state due to high winds and rising waters that caused power poles to snap.

InHouston, Parker said there were about 1,000 vehicles had been submerged infloodwaters while inAustin, emergency crews used helicopters and boats to remove people from rushing water.

 

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