Harvey's record rains just triggered Houston dams to overflow

Harvey's record rains just triggered Houston dams to overflow

Tropical Storm Harvey has made landfall for a second time near the Texas-Louisiana border, adding more rain after a record downpour that has caused catastrophic flooding and paralysed Houston. The storm hit "just west" of Cameron, La., at 4 a.m. local time.

The storm has so far claimed the lives of at least 17 people, and forced tens of thousands people out of their homes.

More than 400,000 people live in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area, which is home to numerous industrial facilities, including the country's largest oil refinery, which was shutting down because of conditions.

Airbnb has launched a site for people looking for a place to stay and for those who can offer shelter. He even got up on a ladder between two fire trucks and told a crowd that "we are here to take care of you".

Also, the water in two reservoirs that protect downtown Houston from flooding was likely to crest on Wednesday at levels slightly below those that were forecast, officials said.

Harvey first made landfall late Friday night in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, lingered for days afterward on the Texas coast and brought unprecedented flooding to the Houston area.

Flood warnings remain posted for a number of rivers in southwest Louisiana, including the Calcasieu and Mermentau.

The rainfall in Texas set a new record for the continental USA, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday. Engineers began releasing water to ease the strain on dams but their efforts were not enough.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said they also rescued more than 3,000 individuals. They say there has been word that some roads in Harris County are drying up, but if their path is blocked they'll have to drive as far as they can and then use a boat to ferry the donated supplies from North Texans.

Now it's the rescuer in need of rescue: Houston, its suburbs and the many smaller southeast Texas towns and surrounding counties lay devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

People seeking shelter in Dallas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey will not be asked for their immigration status or documents, the Texas city's mayor said Wednesday.

Several people have died as a result of the storm.

As of 8 a.m. ET Wednesday, Harvey was moving north at 9 miles per hour. It's expected to move across the Lower Mississippi Valley and Tennessee Valley through Thursday. Slow-moving storms can bring more potential for destruction as they hang over an area.

New Orleans is bustling again - with parents packing kids off to school under partly cloudy skies - after yet another night of intermittent rain from Tropical Storm Harvey.

The storm continues to shower the region as it heads slowly toward the neighbouring state of Louisiana.

Visiting an emergency operations center in the Texas capital, Austin, Trump said his administration and Congress are going to come up with the "right solution" to help storm victims. For some police officers in the city today will make four days since they've been working around the clock. South of the city, an evacuation order has been issued after a levee was breached.

"There are no politics in eight feet of water", the star, who has a history of donating to humanitarian aid projects, told People.



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