Texas Floods Destroy 1,000 Homes

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AUSTIN (AP) - Officials said Thursday that floodwaters across the state have severely damaged or destroyed a thousand homes and that number is likely to rise.

Storms have pounded the state since May 23, causing at least 11 deaths in the last two-and-a-half weeks.

Jack Colley of the state's Division of Emergency Management says the cost of the property damage has not yet been assessed.

With more rain expected through much of the state, emergency officials are bracing for even more damage.

Colley said the state has already mobilized its largest ever flood response efforts. That includes search-and-rescue teams and aid for
flood-damaged areas.

The impacted area covers 49 counties and 48,000 square miles from North Texas to the Rio Grande Valley. That's a section roughly the size of the state of Mississippi.

Governor Rick Perry has activated more than 250 Texas National Guard soldiers to help response efforts.

President Bush has already declared Cooke, Coryell, Denton, Grayson, Lampasas and Tarrant counties as federal disaster areas.

Perry also requested federal disaster declarations for Burnet, Eastland, Parker, Starr, Webb and Wichita counties.