Houston-area rain floods homes, may end drought

By JUAN A. LOZANO | July 13, 2012 | 4:36 PM EDT

Bruce Young walks along Main Street, using plastic bags to cover himself, his briefcase and other belongings from the rain Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Houston. "I had to cover my briefcase," Young said. "I did not want it to get wet." (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer) MANDATORY CREDIT

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials say historic rainfall levels that drenched the Houston area this week flooded dozens of homes but probably also resulted in the end of drought conditions in Southeast Texas.

Francisco Sanchez of the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says less than 100 homes were flooded after Cypress Creek, located in the northwest part of the Houston area, rose above its banks after getting about 14 inches of rain over the past couple of days.

Gary Whitaker Jr., a resident near Cypress Creek, says street flooding in his neighborhood was receding Friday.

Victor Murphy, a climate expert with the National Weather Service, says thanks to this week's rain, he expects next week's U.S. Drought Monitor to show there is no drought in Southeast Texas.