February 21, 2018

Hurricane Harvey Is Only Getting Worse, With Floodwaters Continuing to Rise

29 August 2017, 09:04 | Virginia Santiago

Hurricane Harvey Brings 'Catastrophic Flooding' To Southeast Texas; 2 Dead, 12+ Injured

Harvey to dump a year's worth of rain

It has a population of more than 2 million people, with a system of bayous and waterways to manage flooding. "I FaceTimed my parents on Sunday and they showed me my house and all of the furniture were pretty much gone".

Shares of US insurer Allstate lost 1.3 percent while Travelers Companies lost 2.7 percent, with the S&P 500 property and casualty insurance index down 1.8 percent and on track for its worst day since last October.

It is believed to have killed at least six people in Harris County, where Houston is located, according to Tricia Bentley, a spokeswoman for the county coroner's office, including a man who died in a house fire and an elderly woman attempting to drive through flooded streets on the city's west side. But the painstaking and heartbreaking work of clearing streets, going door to door, assessing damage - and finding victims - has not yet begun.

"It is imperative that we do everything possible to protect the lives and safety of people across the state of Texas as we continue to face the aftermath of this storm", said Abbott in a statement Monday.

In Houston, a woman drowned when she left a auto which had stalled in high water, local media reported, citing police.

Many locals stayed behind and volunteered to rescue those trapped in the catastrophic flood waters.

As stunned families surveyed destroyed homes and roads flooded or clogged with debris, Texas Governor Greg Abbott warned Houstonians to brace for a long recovery. And he praised Texans for rushing to rescue their neighbors. "They're panicking. Water is rising".

For Viridiana Garcia '20, a Sun arts writer who drove to Houston to attend a Coldplay concert with her family on Friday, the news could not be more visceral. Houston Police are still fielding rescue calls for people stuck in their homes.

Nearly every evacuee had a dramatic story to tell.

Through the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency sent out a nationwide request for swiftwater rescue teams to respond to the devastation. Most people went to homes of friends and relatives. "Houston's a great city".

She said her flight out of Houston was one of the last ones before there were no more.

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As Harvey's destruction unfolded, Autumn Watt '19 received pictures from her parents of her house and her neighborhood in Houston.

The community members living in and around Houston have either voluntarily abandoned their homes or have been evacuated to safer places, after flood water dangerously entered their homes, in a few cases touching the roof.

Gasoline futures RBc1 hit their highest in two years as Harvey shut down multiple refiners, knocking out about 13 percent of total USA refining capacity, based on company reports and Reuters estimates. Both of Houston's airports were closed, and hundreds of passengers were stranded.

More than 100,000 Indian-Americans living in and around Houston area have also been badly hit by the monstrous hurricane Harvey.

Much of the Houston metropolitan area, where 6.8 million people live, remained underwater on Tuesday, with some parts of the region recording more than 40 inches (1 m) of rain since the storm's arrival.

Trump is scheduled to visit Texas on Tuesday and said he would probably return to the state Saturday and make a stop as well as in Louisiana, which could also experience massive flooding from Harvey.

In a related move in college football, LSU's September 2 season opener against BYU has been moved from NRG Stadium to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Brazos River, one of the longest in the country, was forecast to crest at record highs well above flood levels on Tuesday about 30 miles (49 km) southwest of Houston, prompting authorities in Fort Bend County to order the evacuation of about 50,000 people.

The center settled down at night, after an occasionally chaotic day that saw thousands of evacuees arrive in the pouring rain.

In addition to the bayous and a naturally absorbent ecosystem, Houston also has the Addicks and Barker dams and reservoirs, created to capture and contain heavy rainfall.

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