- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Days of heavy rain have ended in Houston as a welcome relief during cleanup from deadly flooding.

The National Weather Service forecast for Houston includes mostly sunny with highs in the 80s through Saturday.

The Houston area was hit with more than a foot of rain earlier this week and showers that lingered until Thursday. Eight deaths have been blamed on subsequent flooding in Harris, Waller and Austin counties.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers late Thursday began releasing water from two west Houston flood-control reservoirs.

Parts of Wharton, about 50 miles southwest of Houston, remained under mandatory evacuation due to flooding linked to the rain-swollen Colorado River. Flood stage was 39 feet. Figures show the Colorado River crested at more than 48 feet Thursday night.




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