‘Catastrophic Flooding’ Has Paralyzed Houston and Other Towns In Southeastern Texas
‘Catastrophic flooding’ has paralyzed Houston and other towns in Southeastern Texas early Sunday as Hurricane Harvey has become Tropical storm Harvey dropping tons of water on residents and first responders.
It is being reported that more then a 1000 people had been rescued overnight due to record flooding in the large city of Houston. Today, responders are continuing to rush to save people from flooded homes and stranded cars. Houston city officials said emergency services were “at capacity” and warned residents to “shelter in place” and not to call 911 unless they were in “imminent danger.”
The National weather service has also advised people to “stay put”. One woman in Houston had tried driving her car into high water, city police said, and they believe the car got to a point where it was not able to be operated or the water became too high to pass through. The woman got out of her vehicle, and was overtaken by water and drowned.
The weather service in Houston said people trapped in their houses should move to their roofs if they have to get out, not the attic. That would make finding them even more difficult for rescue crews.
People are being urged by officials to think twice before they leave their house and wade through the water. “The instinct is to want to exit out and just try to go find safer ground somewhere, but sometimes the water could be more treacherous,” one Sheriff said, noting that manhole covers may have lifted.
The amount of rain that has fallen in the city these past few days is said to be the amount that falls in an entire year.
“It’s going to last four to five days,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said late Saturday. He urged drivers to stay off the road. “This is Day One,” he said.
Another fatality was reported in the hard-hit coastal city of Rockport, where a person died in a house fire during the storm. Additional fatalities are feared in Rockport where about 5000 residents in a city of 10 000, had stayed put for the storm that blasted ashore as a Category 4.
Things got bad real fast on Friday and officials began instructing people who opted to stick out the storm to write their Social Security numbers on their arms for body identification.
President Trump signed a disaster declaration late Friday, allowing federal funding to help stricken areas.