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The Latest On Texas Flooding: Brazos River Rises Above Flood Level

May 28, 2015

Update, 3:50 p.m. Thursday: Authorities say floodwaters from the swollen Brazos River are lapping at the foundations of 11 homes in a North Texas community west of Fort Worth.

Parker County Emergency Management spokesman Joel Kertok said Thursday that the river has eclipsed its 21-foot flood level and is expected to crest tonight at 24.1 feet. He says it is threatening the homes in Horseshoe Bend, but hasn't entered any of them yet.

Residents were asked to evacuate about 250 homes there Wednesday.

At SugarTree Golf Course in Lipan, the nine holes that back up to the Brazos are flooded, but the front nine are open for business. Employees there are astounded by recent rains.

"Usually out here it's the land of no rain and just recently, the past couple, three weeks, it's been crazy," says Dalton Boles who works in the pro shop.

In Eastland County, just southwest of Parker County, about 20 homes along Lake Leon were flooded Wednesday. Residents of about 100 to 150 homes were asked to leave. 

Recent storms have caused widespread flooding in Texas and Oklahoma, killing at least 21 people. Ten people have also gone missing in Texas.

For the latest on Friday's stormy weather and flooding, click here.

Earlier story: The Brazos River is almost cresting in North Texas following days of relentless rains, but officials say no homes have flooded in the closest rural community.

Parker County Emergency Management spokesman Joel Kertok says officials are monitoring the situation Thursday in Horseshoe Bend and will know more as the day progresses.

He says the river, which has a flood level of 21 feet, is close to cresting Thursday at 23.46 feet. It will crest at 23.6 feet.

Residents were asked to evacuate about 250 homes on Wednesday, and Kertok says he believes most people decided to leave. He says residents in the area west of Fort Worth were told to stay away for at least two or three days.

Other cities across Texas remain in danger of possible flooding. In suburban Houston, subdivisions along the San Jacinto River are expected to flood.

In Wharton, located southwest of Houston, residents in 300 homes on the west side of the city have been asked to evacuate due to the predicted rise of the Colorado River.

The death toll from the storms and flooding has climbed to 21 - 17 in Texas and four in Oklahoma. Houston alone had seven storm-related deaths.

More rain expected in Central Texas

Authorities in Central Texas say more rain could hamper their efforts to search for eight people who went missing during the storms and flooding of recent days.

Hays County emergency management coordinator Kharley Smith says more rain is expected Thursday night, and it could shift debris fields and complicate efforts to find entangled victims.

A weekend flash-flood along the Blanco River killed at least four people in the area, including a young boy whose body hasn't been positively identified.

In addition to the eight missing in Central Texas, searchers are looking for two people who went missing in the Houston area.

In Houston, the cleanup begins

In Houston, families are starting to clean up after the floods. Here's more from Carrie Feibel from KUHF, the public radio station in Houston.

Photo credit: Rodger Mallison/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram