Southern storms leave death, destruction in wake

Storms in Wimberley, Texas and southern portion of the U.S. leave death and destruction in their wake.

WIMBERLEY, Texas (CNN) – The deadly storms that ripped through the nation’s south are moving east.

The storm has claimed at least 31-lives since the weekend. Now the search continues to find those missing after floods ravage parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Mexico.

The cleanup is underway in central Texas, where weekend storms claimed lives, destroyed homes and turned streets into waterways.

In Hays County, the search continues for those that are still missing.

The Blanco River tore through the town of Wimberley. The town’s mayor calls it unprecedented.

“In 1929, we had a 33.5 foot surge come through.  That was the highest on record.  This one topped out at 44.5 feet before we lost communications with the gauge,” said Mayor Steve Thurber.

Hundreds of homes were washed away, including a cabin where an entire family had gathered for the holiday weekend.

Laura Macomb, who is still missing, called her sister Julie Shields as the storm hit.

“The house is floating down the water, and tell mom and dad that I love them, I love you, and pray,” Shields said.

To the east, the storm hammered Houston, which saw more than 11-inches of rain Monday night. It pushed the city’s many bayous over their banks.

Governor Greg Abbott declared a disaster emergency in at least 40 Texas counties and deployed the National Guard to help with recovery. He praised the response to the disaster.

“We see Texans respond by coming together, helping each other.  We see that in Houston, Texas, we’ve seen it in other parts of the state,” Abbott said.

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