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Top Stories: Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration For 31 Counties, Including 3 In North Texas

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Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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Elizabeth and Tim Jenkins were rescued by Parker County emergency workers from their home in Horseshoe Bend on Wednesday.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Governor Greg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration for 31 counties because of heavy rain and severe flooding, including  Erath, Parker and Hood counties in North Texas. Hood alone has had at least 19 high water rescues this week.

The National Weather Service estimates about 4 to 5 inches of rain have fallen in Granbury alone.

A shelter in the city remains open, and Anita Foster with the Red Cross said another shelter has opened in Weatherford.

“Flooding is actually one of the deadliest natural disasters, so it’s especially important in areas that are prone to flooding to stay on top of the changing weather conditions,” she said. “If you need to get out of your community, you’ve got a couple of places to go.”

A Flash Flood watch remains in effect today for all of North Texas.

Photo credit: Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Other stories this morning:

  • An appeals court in Dallas has upheld an indictment against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on securities fraud charges. But there’s still one more chance of having the case thrown out: Paxton can try the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Paxton was indicted nearly a year ago on charges of defrauding wealthy investors in a tech startup. He’s pleaded not guilty.
  • Studio Ghibli has made such Japanese animated classics like “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” and “Spirited Away.” The Big Screen talks with an anime expert about what makes these films special.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and KERANews.org. She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.