Houston-area flooding death toll now at 6

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Flood water from White Oak Bayou take over a street corner near downtown Houston Monday, April 18, 2016. More than a foot of rain fell Monday in parts of Houston, submerging scores of subdivisions and several major interstate highways, forcing the closure of schools and knocking out power to thousands of residents who were urged […]

HOUSTON (AP) – A sixth flood-related death has been confirmed in the Houston area where heavy rain this week dumped more than a foot of water.

The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office says a body was recovered Tuesday morning from a flooded car. Capt. Toby Hecker says deputies received a call about a vehicle in some water in a drainage ditch in a neighborhood. Hecker says a wrecker was called, and when the car was pulled from the water a woman was found dead inside.

Hecker says the woman, whose name wasn’t immediately released, had been last seen Monday night. He says investigators believe the woman lives in the neighborhood and was close to home when she encountered flooded streets, tried to make a U-turn to return home, cut it too short and ended up in the flooded ditch. Hecker says the woman was alone in the car.

Five flood-related deaths had been previously confirmed in the Houston area, all people in vehicles caught up in the high water.

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