Amy Gilmour describes how the Blanco River crested at a record 43 feet during the Memorial Day weekend floods while helping pick up debris from the backyards of flood damaged homes in Wimberley, Texas May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Tamir Kalifa
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Hundreds of people fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks Thursday as the state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 17 people, flooded cities and set a record for the wettest month.The city of Wharton, about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of Houston, issued a voluntary evacuation notice for about 300 homes along the Colorado River, where water was expected to rise through Friday.The Brazos River flooded about 30 miles (50 km) west of Fort Worth and was expected to crest on Thursday evening. Hundreds left their homes on Wednesday as the waterway began breaching its banks, Parker County officials said.The body of a boy was recovered on Wednesday near San Marcos, Hays County officials said.
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