2 dead as severe flooding threat persists in Southwest

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Tidal flooding from Hurricane Laura covers the street in Galveston, Texas on August 27, 2020. – Hurricane Laura tore roofs off buildings and blew out windows in the southern US state of Louisiana as it slammed into the coast early Thursday killing at least one person, with shaken residents emerging to survey the damage.Forecasters warned of the continued risk of a “life-threatening” storm surge as the hurricane — one of the strongest to ever hit the region — moved inland and weakened rapidly. More than half a million people were without power in Louisiana and neighboring Texas, according to the PowerOutage.us site. (Photo by Ellie Cherryhomes / AFP) (Photo by ELLIE CHERRYHOMES/AFP via Getty Images)

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A second person has died from flooding caused by monsoon-type rains in far western Texas and southern New Mexico and Arizona.

A 2-year-old girl died Friday of injuries she suffered in the collapse of a basement wall at her family’s El Paso, Texas, home, said Angel Gómez, head of Operation HOPE in El Paso, the nonprofit helping the family with funeral arrangements.

The girl’s 65-year-old grandmother also was killed in the Thursday night collapse in the family’s flooded basement, he said.

Loop 375, the only direct link between northeast El Paso and the communities west of the Franklin Mountains, remained closed by a rockslide.

Flash flood watches remain for the three-state border region through Sunday afternoon as moist air flows north from Mexico.

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