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Storms cause flooding in Houston area

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HOUSTON, April 29 (UPI) -- Authorities in Houston searched Wednesday for an SUV that witnesses said was swept into a storm drain during a heavy rainstorm.

A line of thunderstorms poured nearly a foot of water on the west and northwest portions of Harris County, adding to ground already saturated by previous rains, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Rising water left many motorists stranded and forced the closing of Houston-area schools.

Christopher Jones, 41, said he had just picked up a stranded co-worker Tuesday when he saw a woman in a small SUV float toward a drainage ditch that runs beneath the Katy Freeway.

Jones said he tried but failed to keep the vehicle from sliding into the ditch.

Police divers who ventured about 300 feet down two huge underground drainage pipes failed to locate the car and driver.

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