Seven Confirmed Dead in Houston Flood

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A child is lifted from a boat after being rescued from her apartment surrounded by floodwaters April 18, in Houston. Storms have dumped more than a foot of rain in the Houston area, flooding dozens of neighborhoods and forcing the closure of city offices and the suspension of public transit. (AP Photo by David J. Phillips)

The Houston Police Department is confirming an additional fatality at the Westpark Tollway and Post Oak, near the Galleria area.  This brings the fatality total to four in the City of Houston and seven across Southeast Texas.  The victim’s identity and cause of death are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

Earlier in the day, The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (IFS) confirmed six fatalities related to the recent flooding. Three of those deaths are in City of Houston, two occurred in unincorporated Harris County, and one occurred in Waller County.

The first victim, a male, was discovered by HFD units at 10:45 a.m. at 17133 Imperial Valley Drive. Although the victim was found inside a vehicle with water, it is unconfirmed whether the death was directly related to the flooding event. Autopsy results by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences will determine the male’s cause of death.

Two additional victims were discovered inside two vehicles at 3605 West Loop South at about 2:40 p.m. today.  The flooded vehicle was located underneath the overpass at Richmond Avenue.

The identities of all three victims are pending notification to family members by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.