[Editor’s Note: This story has been updated throughout Sunday, and has been last updated at 1:45 a.m Central time, Monday].
By early Monday morning, it was known that record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes.
Tornados struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston. A firefighter in Oklahoma was swept to his death while trying to rescue 10 people in high water and a woman in Tulsa died in a weather-related traffic crash. In Texas, a man’s body was recovered from a flooded area along the Blanco River, which rose 26 feet in just one hour and left piles of wreckage 20 feet high, authorities said.