Record rainfall and flash floods wreaked havoc across a swath of the US midwest on Sunday, killing two people, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee. About 350 homes in the town of Wimberley were washed away by flash floods along the Blanco river, which rose 26ft in just one hour and left piles of wreckage 20ft high, Texas authorities said.

“We do have whole streets with maybe one or two houses left on them and the rest are just slabs,” Hays county emergency management coordinator Kharley Smith said, describing the town of Wimberley, about 40 miles southwest of Austin, where several people were missing. “It looks pretty bad out there,” she said.Tornados struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston, Texas, and a firefighter in Oklahoma was swept to his death while trying to rescue 10 people in high water. FULL REPORT