Harvey: At Least 5 Dead in Texas After ‘Catastrophic Flooding’

By Paul Riegler on 27 August 2017
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Laporte, Texas before the storm

Laporte, Texas before the storm

Houstonians woke up to catastrophic flooding that killed at least five people in the region as emergency workers scrambled to rescue thousands impacted by the storm.

At least five people have been reported dead as a result of Harvey, according to the National Weather Service. The storm dropped two feet of rain in much of the region, causing significant flash floods.

Hurricane Harvey pummeled the city with rain and wind starting late Saturday. City officials reported significant building damage, flooded roads, and rising floodwater. Dry streets became rivers and emergency responders completed over 1,000 high-water rescues overnight. The Coast Guard rescued at least 32 people from several boats in the area and officials warned people “to stay off the water.”

“Travel across the area is severely hampered, if not impossible,” the National Weather Service advised.

Officials in Houston warned of “catastrophic” and potentially historic flooding Sunday. Now a tropical storm, Harvey is expected to affect the area for days to come with torrential rains.

Thousands of flights in and out of the region have been cancelled, and the remaining flights face significant delays. Meanwhile, road conditions remain extremely hazardous and officials are advising people to stay put and not venture out.

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