Houston braces for floods as towns along Mississippi River work to prevent flooding

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After nearly a month of tornadoes and torrential rain, more bad weather is expect to hit Houston this week as other parts of the US work to prevent flooding in small towns along the Mississippi.

The swollen Mississippi River is straining levees, snarling traffic and forcing people from their homes as the water level approaches record levels set during devastating flooding in 1993.

Missouri - Gov - Mike - Parson - Areas

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson toured flooded areas on Monday in the northeast part of the state, where there have been around a dozen water rescues.

Statewide, nearly 400 roads are closed, including part of US 136.

Towns - River - Alton - Illinois - Grafton

In small towns along the river, such as Alton, Illinois, and Grafton, Illinois, crews have been working to provide protection from the river.

Crews are still trying to isolate sewers that could flood and end up overflowing on to the streets.

Houston - Fire - Department - Tuesday - Water

Meanwhile, the Houston Fire Department said on Tuesday that it will be activating its new Water Strike Team for the first time ahead of anticipated heavy rainfall over the next few days.

The department's announcement came after the National Weather Service (NWS) warned that Houston and surrounding areas should expect to get hit with heavy rains.

NWS - Rains - Thursday - Afternoon

According to the NWS, the rains are expected to extend through Thursday afternoon.

Weather officials said there will be periods of showers and thunderstorms throughout Wednesday night and have issued a flash flood watch in Houston.

Rainfall - Times - Totals - Inches - Southeast

The rainfall will be heavy at times and totals between 4 to 6 inches are expected southeast of the Highway 59/69 corridor and 1 to 3 inches further northwest.

The fire department said their water strike team will have four high water vehicles in each quadrant of Houston and 'will conduct community and drone flooding assessments'.

Drones - Mapping - Search - Rescue

The drones will be used for mapping as well as search and rescue.

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