Date
26 September 2017
Residents wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas. Photo: Reuters
Residents wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas. Photo: Reuters

Seven dead, thousands driven from homes as Harvey slams Houston

Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey, which has already killed at least seven people in Texas and was expected to drive 30,000 others from their homes, will likely rise in the coming days, officials warned on Monday as heavy rain continued to pound the US Gulf Coast, Reuters reports.

National Guard troops, police officers, rescue workers and civilians raced in helicopters, boats and special high-water trucks to rescue hundreds of people still stranded in and around Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city.

The storm was the most powerful hurricane to strike Texas in more than 50 years when it came ashore on Friday near Corpus Christi, 354 km. south of Houston.

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.

A 60-year-old woman died in neighboring Montgomery County when a tree fell on her trailer home while she slept, the local medical examiner said on Twitter.

As stunned families surveyed the wreckage of destroyed homes and roads flooded or clogged with debris, Texas Governor Greg Abbott warned Houstonians to brace for a long recovery.

“We need to recognize this is going to be a new and different normal for this entire region,” Abbott said after touring Corpus Christi.

Harvey was expected to linger over Texas’ Gulf Coast for the next few days, dropping another 10 to 20 inches of rain, with threats of flooding extending into Louisiana.

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