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king a statement to the nation at 10:30, 10:45 on sunday night calling all the media in unless it was something really, really huge. so that was my instinct. of course it wasn't that much longer after that that the vice president and other aides were making calls to leaders on capitol hill saying they got bin laden and then, of course by the time he walked out, it was after 11:00. i think it was close to 11:30. he actually made the statement that we all are very familiar with. it was a huge development. >> what a night for the world and for us at cnn. behind the scenes. wolf blitzer, thank you, my friend for coming on and talking about this and all the memories here. make sure everyone catch the entire special tonight, 9:00 p.m. eastern and pacific. "breaking news: 35 years of cnn" right here on cnn. top of the hour you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. we have breaking news as we're
getting reports of one rocket that's been fired from gaza. it has hit southern israel. i'm joined by lieutenant colonel peter lerner, spokesman for the israel defense force or idf. colonel, what can you tell me about this rocket, and any injuries any damage? >> reporter: so far, here's what we know. at least one rocket hit southern israel an hour ago now. it landed in the southern community. no injuries reported at this time. what we can say, of course that originated from the gaza strip, we see hamas responsibility for everything that originate from the territory. >> has hamas claimed responsibility? our correspondent was saying no one had as of yet.
>> reporter: we're still looking into the details. ultimately on the gaza strip, we realized that it is their responsibility to make sure these attacks don't take place from their territory. >> tell me i know at that air raid sirens i understand they're working, they were sounding and then the larger city outside of where you're referencing, an area near the gaza border. people are very familiar with this. >> reporter: yeah, unfortunately it's a reality that israelies have to get used to. constantly living that reality of being prepared for potential rockets, sirens air raid sirens, and the alarms against these rockets. they have -- they shoot them up into the air and hope they land somewhere, some sort of quality.
it's a challenge a threat and this rocket does not cause casualties. we will be looking into the circumstances. and yeah as i said hamas is responsibility for this. >> spokesperson at the idf. thank you very much, sir, for jumping on the phone. i appreciate it. we'll follow the story out of israel. meantime here at home we are all witnessing historic and deadly flash flooding in the nation's fourth largest city. nearly a foot of record rainfall pounded houston last night. the aftermath, flooding that has absolutely devastated the city. at least two people have lost their lives. five statewide. neighborhoods -- look at the picture yourself. this tells the story here. totally washed out. many roads are impassable. schools closed until further notice. then you have seen the cars trucks vehicles lined up. they're not going anywhere. totally submerged. it's unreal to look at this.
more than ten inch of rain swamped the city in less than 24 hours. even the president of the united states he spoke today. he said help is coming to texas. >> i assured governor abbott that he could count on the help of the federal government we have fema personnel on the ground they are coordinating with texas emergency management authorities, and i will anticipate that there will be some significant requests made to washington, my pledge to him is that we will expedite those requests. >> joining me from our houston affiliate, ktrk is jeff eling. before you tell me where you are, we just heard that the hayes county commissioner is saying that now 30 people are unaccounted for. i believe this is the same yoint 12 people had been -- county where 12 people had been missing. now we're hearing 30. >> reporter: yeah.
that's over the hill country. that's going to be west of where we are in harris county. devastating floods happening all weekend long and again yesterday. i can tell you that at one point, one of the rivers rose something like 20 or 25 feet in the space of a couple of hours. there were homes that were washed away. a very large vacation area. you have people who would go to the area for, say, memorial day weekend, entire family go up there. so yeah, it would be very populated in the vacation homes cabins with people trying to experience a great three-day weekend. it was literally homes being washed away. i'm standing or kneeling in a home that is just north of -- south of brays bayou in houston. the water level is falling, but not fast enough. there's an inch of water in this house. that doesn't really tell the story. i wanted to show this table here. this table is not supposed to be here. it wasn't here last night. it was across the room. the reason it's here 2.5 feet of water flooded this home. imagine what it must have like
to be in this house. one person doesn't have to imagine. randy farber. you were here when this was going. on what was it like? >> very unexpected. we've seen high water before. actually had a little bit of water come in, you know a quarter inch around the doors and thing. never in our wildest dreams did we imagine this would happen. >> reporter: it happened so quickly, too. >> it did. we saw the water coming up and we said well, it's getting close to the door. let's put towels around the doors. in ten minutes, 15 minutes, it had risen and was ankle deep. it was a foot deep within 30 minutes. and it eventually got to be 2.5 feet. to my mid thighs. >> reporter: this is one of the classic southwest houston homes. this is a ranch-style house in the meyerland neighborhood. you don't really have a lot of places to go. there's not a second story. you knew you had to do something because the water level was rising too quickly. what did you do to get to higher ground? >> right. we actually have a walk-up attic. and so when it got to be too high to stay in and we needed to
get relief and sit down and rest for a bit, we headed upstairs. we've got the attic door is right back here. and walked up the attic, and stay thursday for several hours. when it finally turned light, we came back down to check out the damage and we had 2.5 feet in the house. it was actually rising still at 6:30 this morning. i don't think it turned around and started going down until 10:00 this morning. >> reporter: you've got a fan fantastic mess on your hands. what's the next step? have you called your insurance agent? how quickly are you going to be able to get back to normal? >> we called the insurance agent. we have two felt we have to call the flood insurance agent. and the car in the garage is flooded. 2.5 to 3 feet of water on the car took care of that. we called the auto insurance. we should have a a rental car tomorrow. and i've called a contractor to help us start taking the carpets out, cut the wall so everything can dry out. >> reporter: there was loss of life in houston, too.
i know we have two people confirmed dead. people missing. when you hear about about, it puts it into -- hear about that it puts it into perspective. >> it's devastating. >> reporter: thank you very much for letting me into your house. that's the situation not just in this home but all sorts of homes around the area. i know the homes left to us, right of us behind us, all of them had water inside. dozens of homes in our area. >> please tell randy we feel hear him. we're thinking about all the kmubts in communities in texas. jeff appreciate you. houston not the only part of texas really in full-on recovery mode. the town of wimberly in the central part of the state suffered tremendous loss from all the storms, the water, rain flooding. meteorologist jennifer gray is there for us in front of this home just totally exemplifies the power of the rushing, rising waters there.
>> reporter: yeah. really is unbelievable brooke. you hear the numbers, we hear how -- how many inches it rained and how fast the water rose. we're occupy a bluff about 30, 35 feet above the river. to see a home like this that was actually built a little bit elevated completely washed away, it kind of gives you a little perspective. whether it comes to weather, more people die in flooding than anything else. this is just another example of why the floodwaters rise very quickly when it comes to flash flooding. people have little time to seek higher ground. this river has gone down dramatically. rose to 43, 44 feet before the flood gauge broke. it could have gone higher than that. it has gone down a little bit. or you can see signs of how high it was not only behind plea but the trees littered across the bank. two -- 200 to 300, possibly 400
homes destroyed. a lot of them like the one we're in front of, washed off the foundation. we have over 1,000 home that have been damaged. and as you mentioned a moment ago, we have about 30 people unaccounted for, 12 people missing, so the devastation here is just growing as we hear more and more stories coming out of the areas. >> and again, that 30 that we're hearing from, the commissioner there, hayes county texas. 30 people unaccounted for. jennifer gray, thank you very much. there are stori. stori. story. but this next one breaks your heart. out of divine, texas. an accomplished high school athlete was tragically killed by the flash flooding. 18-year-old alissa ramirez was student council president, cheerleader, and homecoming queen. she of her way home from prom this past weekend when her car became tangled in the fast-moving floodwater. joining me on the phone is one of alissa's friends, her name is alice, as well. alice -- alissa as well.
alissa schmidt. my condolences to you and all your dear friends. i know you all were so close. just first, how are you holding up today? >> caller: well, we're just trying to stay together as a close-knit group of friends as a family really. we've had a lot of support, but we know the family needs more support. and we're trying to stay together and just be together. that's what she'd want. she'd want us to be together and be a group. >> take me back to this weekend and prom. i know you two girls were getting ready together before the big night. tell me about some of your final conversations you had together. >> caller: yes. i think we just -- it was a typical day with alissa. just laughing and being silly and reminiscing about the past
four years from high school. we had friends with us talking about yearbooks and funny memorialies are from freshman and sophomore year jokes played on us. just happy, loving environment that was always what you got with her was just peer love and happiness. >> so totally normal, having a good time before you head to prom. you get there. i know at one point you know the rain's coming down. from what i understand she actually even tweeted about not wanting to get stuck at prom overnight. what was the last thing you remember saying to her before she took off? >> caller: i was with her before we -- before prom, and then i saw her at prom. i was not with her when they were in san antonio at the main event where they did -- where they were bowling and playing radio tag. i remember talking to her and
just you know she was still talking about the fun that they'd had, and the fun we were going to have the next day. you know we were going to get together as a group of friends again. and -- you know she was just like we -- just typical with the we might be stuck in san antonio, but it's okay. we'll make the best of it. i remember telling her to be safe, and she just -- she said have fun, and -- >> how did you find out what happened? >> caller: a friend of mine called me the next morning to tell me what had happened. that the waters had swept her car off the road. >> what will you miss most about her, alissa? >> caller: her love for god. that was the first thing that
you -- when you first talked to alissa, first of all, she had an infectious smile. any time you saw her, you couldn't help but smile no matter what kind of mood you were in. just walking down the hallways every kid has commented on how infectious that smile was and how bright and beautiful. her love for god. as soon as you started talking to her, that was the first time you found out was how much she loved him. and. -- and how much she wanted to live out his word and to spread that word to others around. she was truly a woman of christ. and she believed wholehearts -- wholeheartedly that that was the way to live your life the way christ taught us. the way christ said to live. that is what would be missed most about her. that smile and that love for god that was just unmatchable. >> i am happy for you that you
had so many wonderful memories with this young woman. and again, i am so, so sorry for your loss. alissa schmidt. thank you very much for sharing with me. i appreciate it. >> thank you. >> we'll be right back. headache? motrin helps you be an unstoppable, let's-rock-this-concert- like-it's-1999 kind of mom. when pain tries to stop you, there's motrin. motrin works fast to stop pain where it starts. make it happen with new motrin liquid gels. dear stranger, when i booked this trip, my friends said i was crazy.
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you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. days after it fell into isis hands, it seems the iraqi military is readying to get ramadi back. we're watching this closely as iraqi forces surround the captured city from three sides. according to iraq's defense minister vast operations are underway. the goal try to liberate ramadi and the anbar province from the terrorists and cut off an isis supply route to a major oil
refinery. there is also the first is step to preventing any advance on the capital of baghdad. 80 miles east of ramadi. isis they're not going down without a fierce fight. now calling in reinforcements from across the country. let me bring in lieutenant colonel james reece. as we -- you have isis rushing in reinforcements we've talked to people on the ground, the iraqi military they've seen reports of bulldozers rigged with explosives taking out humvees and fire-fights lasting for hours. the question is how is isis managing this it's not like they have helicopters or advanced equipment. how are they holding this territory? >> one of the things you said is the vehicle-born improvised explosive device ied or vbied, is a web of choice for terrorists. it takes one person, as you know with a laden born vehicle and can do damage to a large
concentration of defending or forces by a person. it's a force operation that could take out the opposite side quickly in explosion. that's one way they're doing it. and they have the whole reinforcement from syria. a safe haven for them. they've got tracks they can train and move in to anbar quickly to reinforce the fight. >> that's where they're coming for from for reinforcement. i know the iraqi prime minister says the liberation of anbar is" imminent." if and when hopefully the iraqi military regains control of ramadi, what is the number-one way in which they will do that? >> one of our problems here is it's been four days 4.5 days iraqi time since our secretary of defense stated we don't have the will -- that's correct. the problem is, this shows how quickly war is and the fluidity
of what combat happens. iraqis have already started their counter offensive. they've already had their forces from the west. take anbar university which is in the southwest corner of ramadi. and right now, i give it to the iraqis they have moved in from the east where now they have isis between them in the west and the east and try to conduct this counter offensive. they're working it, but it shows how slow we talk and how fluid the combat is. >> you brought up the secretary of defense. he said not only do they not have the will to fight he said it wasn't a situation which they were outnumbered. they left. i'm wondering, if that -- what we're seeing with the offensive in surrounding three parts of the city if the words from the united states secretary of defense at all is influencing the sudden offensive around ramadi. >> brooke i'm going to have to say no. i think -- i believe what i've talked to with the folks there in baghdad.
and what npw and owl we're reporting is yes, it got everyone fired up. maybe that was the kick in the butt to get things going. >> i know the iraqis don't want this. they had the golden brigade out there. the golden eagle brigade, a great brigade. unfortunately, things happen in combat. it's happened on both sides, it happens to us, the u.s., with the greater fighting force. there are mishaps sometimes. the problem is let's not look through a straw, look down and make that as a general personalization around the country. >> we're looking at the timeline and pointed out 4.5 days since isis took ramadi. if they are to regain ramadi, this needs to happen quickly. i imagine the longer the time passes the more strength the more emboldened isis is with regard to the city. >> well look at tikrit as a model. they had this big offensive up north, and a month later it was
still working it out. once an element -- isis is not dumb. they'll get into the city and start blending in. they're not going to sit out there like conventional forces do and sit in a defensive posture to allow aviation aircraft come in and destroy them. they're going to blend in. they get built into the city. they get embedded into the city. it becomes a block-by-block street-by-street door fight. this is critical. not going to happen in two days or week. this could be another month we're banging away at ramadi. >> okay. thank you very much. >> thanks. next cleveland officials just revealed they have putting in place stricter rules for the city for when and how its officers can use force. a lot of talk about training law enforcement there. all of this comes after an incredibly critical justice department report. we'll go through change police will be making in cleveland. also, more breaking news out of texas. 30 people we have learned in one
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just in to cnn, the city of cleveland has announced changes to its police force after a scathing just report. doj report found officers had a pattern of using excessive force. the city will adhere to new policies training when it comes to use of force, and will be creating a community police commission. the timing follows a weekend of protest surrounding the acquittal of a police officer accused of killing two unarmed suspects in 2012. in addition police are under pressure to explain the shooting death by another officer of a
12-year-old boy, tamir rice who was holding a pellet gun. nick valencia is in cleveland. be specifically -- specific. what does this mean for cleveland's police department moving forward? >> reporter: according to the mayor, he called this a transformative time. he was on hand as well as the department of justice civil right division and attorney of the civil rights of ohio. they say it will be a new way of policing based on trust and accountability. specifically they say it will include an independent monitor to make sure the requirements of the agreement are made. civilian oversight of the internal affairs department and a big highlight to all of this during the press conference was police training especially when it comes to mental health. they say already 500 of the 1,300 officers in cleveland have received the mental crisis mental health crisis intervention training. another 100 officers expected to receive that in the days ahead. another important note is by year's end, all police officers in the city of cleveland will have body cameras. and according to the mayor, it
will make it the largest metropolitan police force to have that. peculiar enough for some is the timing of this agreement. if it had anything to do with the not guilty verdict of officer michael brelo found not guilty in the shooting deaths of timothy russell and malissa williams. the u.s. attorney for the northern district of ohio was ask good that at the press conference. >> of course i know that we had stuff going on this last week in cleveland which had us all on edge. of course we felt like we wanted to get a finished product into the community as quickly as possible. we didn't want to rush it before the brelo verdict came out. of course, if you were trying to rush something and do, it you would try to do it before right? and wasn't ready to go. we worked as hard as we could to get everything right. and you know i think the
substance of the agreement stands for itself. >> reporter: other police departments have had these types of agreements with the department of justice. the civil rights division of the doj called it a uniquely cleveland agreement saying that a federal judge will ultimately have to decide whether or not the requirement are met before the agreement ends. >> thank you very much. next we continue to watch the developing news out of southern israel where sirens sounded after a rocket was fired. we'll take you live to jerusalem for an update there. also, shelter from the storm. we'll talk to someone who was among the hundreds of basketball fans stranded at the houston arena last night after the rocket ies rockets' game.
let's update our breaking story. israeli police are now combing parts of southern israel looking for the impact site of this one rocket. we're being told the rocket was fired out of gaza and to southern israel. i have cnn's orrin lieberman with me now in jerusalem. and tell me everything you know. >> reporter: for now, at the moment, it appears everything has returned to quiet or as quiet as things can get after a rocket attack. the idf, israeli military says about an hour ago, after 9:00 local time a rocket was fired from gaza into israel. it landed near a town which is just east about 10 to 15 miles north of gaza. an area familiar with the threat of rocket attacks because of its proximity to gaza. there was no damage or injuries from the rocket attack. police are in the area with
bomb-bis disposal units and bomb unit looking for evidence any damage, potential damage trying to find out exactly where this came from, exactly who fired it. as of now, no one, not hamas or islamic jihad or the factions in gaza have claimed responsibility for the attack. so that will be what we're looking for now. who fired this, why did they fire it. and what will happen next. brooke? >> the air raid sirens went off, yes. has that stopped since this was one rocket, you're saying no injuries no casualties, no damage? >> reporter: that has stopped as of now. from what we're hearing, our affiliate channel 10, israel telling people to resume a normal life tomorrow. no need for extra precautions. that's a signal that there doesn't seem to be a need or expectation of further escalation. that of course is always the concern when you hear about a rocket fire. tell escalate tell lead to more. at least as of now, and i say because of now because of how fast things can change, as of now it appears there won't be
escalation. >> okay. thank you. now, just in to us here at cnn, a federal appeals court siding with the state of texas in this fight over president obama's controversial actions on immigration. let's go live to the white house to our correspondent there, michelle kaczynski. tell me more. >> reporter: brooke, this is interesting. i mean, we know that the president enactsed this executive action -- enacted this executive action for relief for people in the country illegally. for the parents of people who are actual american citizens. there's a big expansion of his prior executive action on immigration. it will affect millions of people. but then the federal government was sued by the state of texas and two dozen other states and they actually won. this was a couple of months ago. they got an injunction. preventing that federal executive action from taking place. so in this latest ruling what the government did was they appealed to a higher court. the fifth circuit court of appeals, and asked basically to put that injunction on hold.
to stop it. to allow the programs to progress while the actual challenge worked its way through the courts. today, just now, that federal court of appeals said no. that the u.s. government failed to show that it would be harmed. that there would be irreparable harm as they claimed if these programs to affect immigrants did not go into effect. so basically the thing is still tied up in court. but the government just lost its move to try to at least let it progress while the lawsuit continued, brooke. >> thank you very much. next, we have to take you back to texas and all the stories coming out. the devastation, damage because of all the flooding include something very sleepy houston rockets fans stuck for hours and hours because of the rain and the flooding. many spending the night in this arena. you'll hear from someone who was standed there himself, radio show host. next.
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as this massive and historic flooding has swamped houston, you have rockets' fans they rode out the storm inside the arena last night. they celebrated the win over the golden state warriors in game four of the western conference finals. they were advised to stay inside because of the dangerous conditions outdoors riding it out with them center dwight howard. >> i can't go nowhere. i'm with the fans. >> all the other players, they left, they had a way to get out? >> well i live far from here.
they said that if i wait -- my house was flooded. i don't want to be on the highway stuck. i'd rather be here sitting and enjoying the scenery. i'm i'm happy about that. >> matt thomas also of sports talk houston, stranded inside the arena. spent much of the night. there he's on the phone with me. i know you talked to dwight. we'll get to that. i don't know how many years you've been in radio, but i understand this one of your more surreal nights of your entire broadcast career. >> reporter: yeah. i think i said the word "surreal" about 25 times. i do a rockets game comment show every game. the rockets had finished off an impressive victory to keep the series alive. all of a sudden, basketball takes the back page. people are calling saying i'm stuck on this freeway or how do i get home from this. there were thousands that were told inside the center ton leave
until the coast was cleared. as the waning moments were going, you could hear the crackle of thunder and lightning around downtown. it was a nice that wound up being storm team coverage for me until 3:00 in the morning. >> here you are a sports host, all of a sudden you're talking weather. you know past midnight on the radio. can you -- of all the stories you heard, of all the people who called in what was -- what was the wildest? >> people were calling and saying matt, it's taken me 3.5 hours to leave the arena. or hey, i'm stuck on this interstate. i'm here at this entryway s.. is there anybody who can help me? i became like a traffic cop where people would say, i heard a previous caller, try this. frankly, i enjoyed it. it went quickly for me as a talk show host. a lot of people with hour out, people in their cars not able to get to television i was the only place they could go to hear what was going on in the city.
it was strange. we were mixing in how great james howard dwight howard was, and people were calling i'm stuck on 288, how can good night snowman. >> you were moon-- how can i get home? >> you were moonlighting, in the city helping people get home, telling them which roads were okay. you also talked to dwight howard as well. did the entire team have to stick around? what was dwight saying to you? >> caller: you heard if you heard the sound bite i guess a lot of guys got home. he lives in a suburb 45 minutes away. here i am in the top level of the concourse doing my call-in show. i see dwight howard on the floor at 5:00 after 1:00. i'm -- at five after 1:00. i'm like wait a minute. i had a co-worker give him a phone. he and i talked three our four minutes, talked about the game him being here. and trying not to use the word "surreal" too often but he couldn't go home and celebrate this. he told me imagine if the
rockets had lost the game. not only -- >> i thought the same thing. i wasn't going to say it. >> reporter: people in the stadium and the game going as it did and the delays. thankful the rockets were able to win, and we can move to game five. >> still in it. matt thomas host of sports talk in houston. thank you very much, i appreciate it. >> caller: you got it. the city of omaha saying good-bye to a hero today. officer carrie rosko, one day away from taking her maternity leave when she was shot in the line of duty. her baby, olivia ruth, born premature, was set to be released and welcomed home. her fellow officers paid tribute at her funeral. >> for those who have never met a police officer, you now know one. officer carrie rosko. i cannot thing of a better representation of our profession than officer orosco.
two, if you have a hard time resonating with the police, think of carrie because she resonates with everyone. for her legacy the next time you see an omaha police officer, maybe they're eating dinner could maybe they're in -- eating dinner. look past the uniform, look past the back and see carrie see a little bit of carrie in that officer, because there's a little bit of carrie in all of us. there are a lot of police officers that do a lot of good and give back to the community in so many ways. sisters in blue prepared a spibl way to show thanks to carrie and to honor her as an excellent example.
before we go we're hear reports of something disturbing happening right now in ukraine, claims that russia is moving mobile crematory yums to burn the bodies of its own soldiers. apparently this is a bid to cover up any trace that there was an actual war happening right now inside of eastern ukraine. and this is exclusive reporting coming to us from josh rogan, a cnn analyst. josh what more are your sources telling you about this? >> reporter: well for months u.s. and nato officials have claimed that russia has thousands of troops inside ukraine fighting many of which are dying every day but there's no evidence and everybody wondered why. two top u.s. lawmakers, house
arms service chairman and former marine corps officer just went to ukraine and what they came back and told me was according to ukrainian and u.s. officials russia has imported the mobile crematoriums into the area. this is how putin keeps up the fiction that russia is not involved in ukraine. >> so hold on a second. when you say mobile crematoriums we're kaug about crematory yums on wheels that they take around to different locations within ukraine to burn their own soldiers? >> reporter: that's exactly right. it's as shocking as it sounds. these are devices mounted on trucks that were built to deal with animals. and what russia has done is they've moved them on to the battlefield and this is one of the many ways that they hide these casualties. there are teams of russian activist and ukrainian bloggers
who have been documenting the fact that russian soldiers are there, getting their information, telling the stories on the internets of their deaths. yet the bodies never show up and the families are left wondering what happened to their fallen family members. this explains that and shows how the russian government treats its own soldiers and the lengths it will go to avoid the blowback domestic cli. >> that's the bigger picture. you used the word fiction a while ago. what does this tell you about the lengths that putin will go to hide any involvement in ukraine? >> reporter: exactly. lad here putin, the most important thing is domestic support and his standing domestically. he's very popular there. if the u.s. was able to expose and counter his lies about russia's involvement, which has been well-documented, maybe that support would erode and maybe
putin would have to change his policy. until that, as long as he's able to maintain his domestic support, he has no motive to stop his mischief and the tragedy will go on. >> i suppose as you're getting this from your sources and you think about this as these are bodies, these are soldiers who have died who have been killed and he then is taking this extra step apparently in burning them. would this call for any kind of international intervention or not necessarily? >> reporter: well there are many people -- >> 30 seconds. >> reporter: there are many people including lawmakers in both parties, secretary of state john kerry who want to counter this and they want to give the ukrainians arms. they want to do this to increase the cost for putin and he'll no longer be able to had owl of the casualtyies casualties. palm is considering that. there's no desiscision coming
lately. >> pretty bothersome reporting you're getting. i really appreciate it. that does it for me. i'm brooke baldwin here in new york. i'll see you back here same time tomorrow. in the meantime let's go to washington. the lead with jake tapper starts right now. much of america's fourth largest city is currently under water. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the national lead houston in utter chaos. nine people have been killed in this crush of severe weather. rescue officials scouring cars cutting across streets turned rivers searching for people potentially trapped and those still missing. also in national the bloodiest month in baltimore since 1999 and there's still five days left before the calendar turns over. 35 homicides, crime scene across the ci