Residents of Dallas, Texas, are evacuated after deadly floods, as President Obama signs a disaster declaration for the state. Jillian Kitchener reports.
This extensive flooding in Dallas, combined with a death toll of 21 people, has prompted President Obama to sign a disaster declaration for Texas. Severe storms have battered North Texas this week, adding more runoff to swollen rivers and prompting hundreds of evacuations. And police are warning residents the water will only get higher. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RESIDENT ESPERANZA GOMEZ, SAYING: "It's ruining everything. You feel bad when you see it because a lot of people worked for this and now it's all going to be destroyed." Other residents say they're taking it all in stride: (SOUNDBITE) (English) BENITA VILLA, SAYING: "No. I can learn to swim." But there are plenty of nervous Texans... with water trapping people in cars, houses, and prompting scores of rescues -- dozens just overnight. There has yet to be a damage estimate, but the presidential declaration frees up federal funds to help rebuild... ... in a state that has seen record rainfall this month, with even more storms forecasted.