Houston, Texas pummeled by hurricane Harvey

Houston is underwater as it is pummeled by hurricane Harvey Image © Business Insider

HOUSTON, Texas — Hurricane Harvey continues to pound with heavy rains the coastal and inland areas of southwest Texas, including the City of Houston, leaving at least six persons dead as of late Monday afternoon.

Water from the overflowing Barker and Addicks reservoirs near west Houston were released by the US. Army Corps of Engineers to prevent the catastrophic collapse of the reservoirs’ dams. However, the water release aggravated the flooding in neighborhoods near the two reservoirs.

Roughly 2,600 cubic feet per second are being released from Addicks and 2,000 cubic feet per second are being released from Barker, military officials said.

Jeff Lindner of the Harris County Flood Control District on Monday morning said the water release of both reservoirs had started even as city officials acknowledged that flooding may become worse in some areas.

Residents near the two reservoirs have been placed under a non-mandatory evacuation during the release.

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Meanwhile, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has mobilized the 12,000-strong Texas National Guard to help in the evacuation of people from low-lying areas after Harvey dumped more than two feet of rain in Houston metro. He also said that repairs after Harvey will take years.

Harvey is causing historic flooding that has been characterized by the National Weather Service as “beyond anything experienced before.”

As this developed, the 20,000 residents of the entire town of Dickinson, some 33 miles (53.1 kilometers) southwest of Houston, were placed under mandatory evacuation. Mandatory and voluntary evacuation were also ordered in neighboring Fort Bend county.

In Harris county, more than 2,200 people were rescued from the rising flood water.

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Aside from debris, the flood waters also brought some unexpected guests in residential areas, snakes and alligators.

More evacuation and rescue are still expected as the hurricane slowly moves inland from the Gulf of Mexico.

In a related development, Houston City Mayor Sylvester Turner said certified nurses and social workers are needed at the George Brown Convention Center to help evacuees as bad weather is expected until Thursday.

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