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Floods - Hurricane Aftermath Kills 11 in Texas

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    Airport in Brownsville, TX flooded out 
  •  Aftermath in lower Rio Grande Valley 
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In 1967, Hurricane Beulah hit the Texas coast, causing the Rio Grande to overflow its banks and leading to what some called the worst flooding of the 20th century. This Universal Newsreel includes shots of city streets battered by the wind and rain, gulf waters rising, the flooded Brownsville airport, and aerial views of parts of Texas devastated by the storm.

Hurricane Beulah reached South Texas on September 20, 1967, causing major flooding and producing tornadoes across the state. Both Texas and Mexico sustained massive damage, with 200,000 people left homeless, over 40 dead, and 1 billion dollars in total damage.

At the time it struck the Texas coast, the hurricane was "true Texas-size" (It Happened in Texas), approximately 650 miles in diameter with winds over 130 mph. A slow moving storm, some areas of South Texas battled heavy rains and winds for two days. Ultimately, Beulah became the third-largest hurricane of the 20th century.

President Lyndon Johnson surveyed the damage caused to his home state by the hurricane and declared 24 counties in Texas a disaster area. Shortly after on October 4th, Hurricane Fern made landfall in Tampico, Mexico. Although it had weakened to a tropical storm by the time it reached land, Fern caused further damage in northeastern Mexico and the Gulf region of Texas already devastated by Beulah.