Trump heading to Texas amid warning of further flooding

Trump heading to Texas amid warning of further flooding

The slow=moving storm could dump as much as 50 inches of rain in what's been described as an "800-year flood level".

In the neighborhood of Siena southwest of Houston, people are recommended to evacuate as water continues to pile up due to heavy rain.

Gasoline futures RBc1 hit their highest in two years as Harvey shut down multiple refiners, knocking out about 13 percent of total US refining capacity, based on company reports and Reuters estimates.

Most locations under mandatory or voluntary evacuations are southeast of Houston's city center.

Photo by Lt. Zachary West/Army National Guard via Getty Images Naomi Coto carries Simba on her shoulders as they evacuate their home after the area was inundated with flooding.

You can find a list of Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts, including Go Fund Me and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, here. "Next - we are ready - and already deploying life-essential commodities".

She says the rain could abate later in the morning but that another band of heavy rainfall will soon follow. "This is a life-safety, life-sustaining mission".

FEMA chief Brock Long told a Monday news conference the agency is going to be in Texas "for several years".

The Cowboys and Texans had conversations during the early parts of the Raiders' game about the team needing to move its operation to Frisco, but Anderson said the need became more urgent as the weather changed.

Abbott applauded emergency and rescue efforts by local and state law enforcement as well as the federal government.

Rescuers were giving priority to life-and-death situations, leaving many people to fend for themselves.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said, "The storm is more or less stationary, but to the extent that it's moving, it's actually moving towards the east in our direction and that makes this obviously a unsafe situation for our state".

The federal response to Harvey includes providing electricity to essential locations, such as hospitals and 911 call centers, and delivering essential items as quickly as possible.

"This we know: Houston, and Texas, will come together and rebuild", the former first couple said.

"Being away from home is hard, because I can see what's going on but I'm so far away and can't help them", she said. "You could not dream this forecast up".

The additional water - on top of another round of pounding rain - could endanger thousands of homes.

The storm, which hit the South Texas coast late on Friday, moved off shore overnight and is expected to linger over or near the Houston for days.

Shopper Donna Balin, 45, said her house in nearby Seven Meadows didn't flood, but she was anxious that plans to release water from reservoirs could push the flooding closer to home.

The National Weather Service has urged people to stay put if they are in a safe location, warning that the "catastrophic" flooding is ongoing.

At least nine people have been killed by the slow-moving storm in Texas, but many others have been reported missing by anxious loved ones.

Trump also tweeted Sunday evening that the "spirit of the people is incredible".

President Donald Trump is expected to visit Texas Tuesday for updates on the devastating flooding from Harvey as crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls have had little time to search for other potential victims.

There were numerous reports Sunday of motorists stuck on Interstate 610, which rings central Houston, because exit ramps and access roads were flooded with 3 to 6 feet of water.



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