DALLAS -- Faced with record floods in southeast Texas, state and local officials waited yesterday for waters to recede from hundreds of streets and roads made impassable by torrential rains before assessing infrastructure damage in 26 counties.

"A lot of the structures are partially under water, and we won't know the damage until the water goes down," said Alan King, spokesman for the Texas transportation department. "We can't estimate the damage because so much is under water."

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