Update: City of Houston Confirms Weather Event Fatalities

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: April 19, 2016 7:56:34 PM CDT

UPDATE – 7:20 P.M. The Houston Police Department is confirming an additional fatality at the Westpark Tollway and Post Oak, near the Galleria area.  This brings the fatality total to four in the City of Houston and seven across Southeast Texas.  The victim’s identity and cause of death are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.  

HOUSTON – The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (IFS) has confirmed six fatalities related to the recent flooding. Three of those deaths are in City of Houston, two occurred in unincorporated Harris County, and one occurred in Waller County.  Information on cause and manner of death will be provided by IFS at harriscountytx.gov/ifs.

City of Houston Flooding Event Fatalities

The first victim, a male, was discovered by HFD units at 10:45 a.m. at 17133 Imperial Valley Drive. Although  the victim was found inside a vehicle with water, it is unconfirmed whether the death was directly related to the flooding event. Autopsy results by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences will determine the male’s cause of death.

Two additional victims were discovered inside two vehicles at 3605 West Loop South at about 2:40 p.m. today.  The flooded vehicle was located underneath the overpass at Richmond Avenue. 

The identities of all three victims are pending notification to family members by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

Reporting to 3-1-1 allows the City to dispatch the appropriate crew to remedy the situation.  If you have a threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1

 

 


Media can call the following hot line for information:

    (832) 224-NEWS (6397)

Houston Residents can call 311, visit houstontx.gov/emergency, follow @alerthouston on Twitter or visit facebook.com/houstonoem for up-to-date information on this incident.


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