Texas Flash Floods Prompt Roof Rescues

Halloween rainfall near Austin, Texas, rapidly washed out roads and flooded homes.
3:00 | 11/01/13

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yesterday, from our northern-most borders to our southern-most states. It was a heavy hit of rain and strong winds. Austin, texas, 20 to 21 inches of rain, if you averaged it out over 48 hours. It's no surprise to see the flooding pictures. But five tornadoes reported in all of that. You're looking from bridge city, texas, this picture what was confirmed as an ef-0. Look at the severe thunderstorm watches and warnings popping as this line moves east. New jersey, pennsylvania, a good part of delaware, also into virginia. Northern-most parts of west virginia, they're getting the strong storms. But the flooding, the flooding with that heavy rain. Our ryan owens is in austin this morning. Good morning, ryan. Reporter: Good morning, sam. Several hundred homes in this area flooded. We came inside one to just give you an idea of what's left behind. When you look at this mess, the family that was asleep in this room, they made it out. But only by boat. The water came up so fast -- rescuing is making his way to the victim. Reporter: More than 100 people had to be rescued. Many by boat. Are you okay? Reporter: Including little landon. By the time we got close together, it was already too late. Reporter: From the air, you can see where the flood washed out roads and drowned entire neighborhoods. There's about 10 feet below the skin. Reporter: Rescuers plucked a couple from two tree tops. They were hanging there for hours. The flash floods receded as quickly as they came. But look what they left behind. Mickey ramirez cannot bear to go inside her home of ten years. I have nothing left. Reporter: So, her son gave us a tour. Picked the couch up. Spun it around. And made it land like this. Reporter: About all they have left, the family photo album, now drying on a bench in the front yard. All of this water came from the onion creek. It's only about 100 feet behind this home. Yesterday, it rose to its highest level in 92 years. So, sam, you could say this is almost a 100-year flood. No doubt about it, ryan. Thank you. And it's just so difficult to know that sometimes the fall storms can be just as tough as the spring lines that we consider to be the strongest storms on the board. Here's today as the system continues to move east. There's an area of low pressure that will kick up the winds today. 40-mile-per-hour to 50-mile-per-hour winds from boston to detroit. Cincinnati, you're involved. Knoxville, as well. We have an east coast of rain to

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