Houston Hit With Deadly Flooding: How Cable Networks Are Covering It

A still from Fox News' coverage of the Houston flooding.

CNN interviewed the mayor of San Marcos, where 1,200 homes have been damaged, while Fox News reported on search parties in nearby Wimberley.

Houston and areas of Central Texas have been hammered by heavy rains and flooding, and CNN and Fox News were both reporting live from the scene. 

Houston was hit with 11 inches of rain late Monday night and into Tuesday morning, with three people dead in the city, according to police. At least 16 people in the state are currently missing, including three in Houston and 13 in Hays County, south of Austin. 

On Erin Burnett OutFront, CNN's Brianna Keilar interviewed Daniel Guerrero, mayor of San Marcos, which is 30 miles south of Austin. According to Guerrero, 1,200 homes have been damaged in the city.

"We're looking at about 13 people that are still unaccounted for," Guerrero said. He added that search crews are using "everything from helicopters — we have different infrared technology that we're using. ... We have search groups that are walking along the water banks." 

Keilar also interviewed Medina County sheriff Randy Brown about Alyssa Ramirez, a high school senior and homecoming queen from Devine, Texas, who died Sunday when her car was swept off the road by the flooding.

"There were a lot of people [searching for her] in the water and hoping for a different outcome," Brown said. "Unfortunately, the water was high enough that the vehicle was completely submerged."

The network's Ed Lavandera reported live from Houston, where he interviewed citizens who were kayaking through the streets to film the devastation.

Fox News' On the Record With Greta Susteren covered the devastation with a correspondent reporting live in Wimberley, a town in Hays County, where search parties are currently on the hunt for those missing. 

"It is not like anything I have ever seen," the correspondent said. "The pictures that you are seeing on your screen do not do this damage justice."

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