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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Rain lets up in Texas but some evacuation orders continue

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Forecasters say Texas is finally catching a break after weeks of drenching rains that caused deadly flooding at Fort Hood and evacuation orders that remain ongoing near Houston.

The National Weather Service on Sunday expected mostly dry conditions in soggy Texas for the coming week. Meteorologist Lamont Bain says relentless showers broke rainfall records in Austin for May and caused nearly daily flash flood warnings.

But some areas remain in danger from swollen rivers. Brazoria County authorities on Sunday expanded evacuation orders that have already affected at least 2,000 homes. County spokeswoman Sharon Trower says officials are hoping homeowners listen.

Fort Hood officials on Sunday also identified the last of nine soldiers who died in floodwaters during a training exercise. Army officials say 25-year-old Spc. Yingming Sun was from California.

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