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Already Flooded, Houston Braces As 2 Swollen Reservoirs Are Opened

Already Flooded, Houston Braces As 2 Swollen Reservoirs Are Opened

Due to heavy rains and a storm Harvey dam overflowed.

But forecasters say that number could almost double later this week.

He said he and other officials are looking forward to the arrival of President Donald Trump on Tuesday as well.

Before the storm is gone, up to 20in more rain could fall, the National Weather Service said, meaning the flooding will get worse in the days ahead and the water will be slow to recede once Harvey finally moves on. It was later downgraded to a tropical storm.

One Houston woman said she presumed six members of a family, including four of her grandchildren, died after their van sank into Greens Bayou in East Houston, although emergency officials have not confirmed the deaths. That's the average annual rainfall in the area. But unconfirmed reports of others missing or presumed dead were growing.

Calls for rescue have so overwhelmed emergency teams that they have had little time to search for bodies. Edwards said at a news conference Tuesday in Baton Rouge that he expects Texas officials to decide within 48 hours whether to accept the offer and transport flood victims to Louisiana shelters.

"We are seeing catastrophic flooding, and this area is likely to expand", Uccellini said. That breaks the previous record of 48 inches set in 1978 in Medina, Texas, by Tropical Storm Amelia.

"If we don't begin releasing now, the volume of uncontrolled water around the dams will be higher and have a greater impact on the surrounding communities", Galveston District Commander Col. Lars Zetterstrom said in a statement around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Jeff Lindner, from Harris County Flood Control District, said he was certain more homes and streets would flood as a result, and the county was trying to determine where the water will go, specifically from the north end of the Addicks reservoir.

Thousands of homes are without electricity.

No one knows exactly where all the water from Addicks and Barker will go, but officials have estimated that some homes will be flooded for months.

Entire suburbs are under water, shops and businesses are shut and, with the motorways around the city cut off and both airports closed, travel is all but impossible.

The system is critical for New Orleans, which sits below sea level near the Gulf of Mexico.

"Waters will rise faster", Sebesta said.

The authorities are being stretched to breaking point.

Trump will travel to Texas on Tuesday for briefings on the federal government's work to help the state recover from Harvey's devastation.

If he does decide to travel here, he will find a powerful oil city on its knees. New freeways are built to handle 100-year floods, but we've already exceeded the conditions that define a 100-year flood at in many spots with the flooding from Harvey. Turner said the city is seeking additional space for "mega shelters" to house those in need.

But Houston authorities have not issued a mass evacuation order.

Rescuers are continuing to pluck people from inundated neighbourhoods, with mayor Sylvester Turner putting the number saved by police at more than 3,000.


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