The death toll from almost a week of fierce rain that has flooded many parts of Texas continued to rise on Friday as officials closely watched the swelling rivers for clues on how much longer the crisis would last.
Jeff Dyson saw the San Jacinto River rising Friday and knew he had to do everything he could to help his riverfront neighbors.
With more storms forecast for Texas, where record-breaking rainfall has led to deadly and widespread flooding, officials were overseeing evacuations Thursday as swollen lakes and rivers threatened communities.
It was supposed to be a relaxing holiday weekend in the Texas Hill Country for a group of nine family members and friends from the Gulf Coast city of Corpus Christi.
A majority of House Democrats on Wednesday sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson demanding an end to family detention of immigrants.
The threat to a rain-swollen dam near Dallas has subsided, but the death toll continues to rise as authorities in Texas struggle to recover from punishing rains that unleashed floods throughout the state.
The Tuckers thought they were prepared.
A split federal appeals court on Tuesday let stand a lower court's ruling that has stymied Obama administration plans to shield up to 5 million people - including young immigrants known as "Dreamers" – from deportation.