Tropical Storm Dolly Pounds Texas

July 24, 2008 12:50:31 PM PDT
The storm that started out as a hurricane has forced over 3,000 people to move to emergency shelters. Over 236,000 people are without power.The levees held back but the punishing winds did not. What the more than 100-mile-per hour winds didn't damage, the rain saturated.

Hurricane Dolly has now calmed to a tropical storm but left behind ravaged homes, downed power lines and widespread flooding. Some south Texas residents tried in vain to clear clogged storm drains so the water would not back up into their homes.

Over 100,000 Texans are without electricity including some hotel guests at the South Padre Island. "Every window in the lobbies are all out. Every floor, every window is out; you can see the beds," said hotel guest Rocky Hernandez.

In Brownsville, debris and downed power lines litter the streets causing many residents to resort to shelters or hotels.

Lidia Sanchez is among those who rode out the storm together with her elderly patients at a local hotel. "There is no microwave, no refrigerator."

The full effect of flooding might not be seen for days as rain dumped by Dolly's inland march flows into the Rio Grande Valley, home to more than one million people.



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