Flooding prompts Texas Gov. Abbott to expand disaster list

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott says he’s added 36 Texas counties to a state disaster declaration as flooding continues in parts of the state.

The 36 counties mentioned Friday by Abbott during a news conference are in addition to 18 named as part of the disaster declaration on Tuesday. The counties cover a broad swath of Texas extending roughly from West and Central Texas down to the Gulf Coast and South Texas.

Abbott said Friday that flooding along the Llano, Guadalupe and other rivers likely will continue for another week. Conditions could worsen in some areas with another round of rain forecast to move over the state next week.

He cautioned people in the Corpus Christi area and South Texas to prepare for flooding as massive amounts of storm water moves downstream.