With heavy rain still falling, rivers still rising, rescues still underway, and unknown thousands of people forced from their homes by record-breaking flooding, southeast Texas woke Tuesday to a long, painful road to recovery.
Tropical Storm Harvey has Houston and much of the Gulf Coast region waterlogged and impassable, in what Gov. Greg Abbott called “one of the largest disasters America has ever faced.” With roads underwater or washed out, and basic services like electricity and water knocked out, it will be weeks before some people can return home, and many of them still do not know if they will have homes to return to. Read more about the storm here.
Here’s the latest:
• Several more inches of rain will fall Tuesday in the Houston-Galveston area, the upper Texas coast and southwest Louisiana, the National Weather Service predicted. More than 30 inches have inundated parts of the Houston area since Thursday, and totals there could reach 50 inches.
• President Trump will visit Texas, arriving in Corpus Christi before traveling to Austin, the state capital.
• After moving offshore on Monday, the center of Harvey remains south of Houston, over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, which means it could gain strength. The Weather Service warned of a storm surge along the coast, with “a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland.”
• Local officials have reported 10 deaths possibly related to the storm so far, six of them in Harris County, which includes Houston.
• With several rivers in the region already well above their previous flood records, the continued rain and the controlled release of water from swollen reservoirs mean that flooding will not decrease significantly for days, and some streams will rise still higher Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Weather Service.
Harvey Flood Rescues: ‘We Got About 100 People Out’
• Times journalists are chronicling the storm and its aftermath: Here is an updating collection of the most powerful photographs, and a guide to our overage. Alan Blinder and Sheri Fink looked at hospitals inundated by patients and water. And Jack Healy visited a San Antonio evacuation center where people were desperate for news from home.
• Follow the Times correspondents reporting on the story on Twitter: Manny Fernandez, Alan Blinder, Julie Turkewitz, Jack Healy, Dave Philipps, Annie Correal, Rick Rojas, Monica Davey, Richard Fausset, Richard Pérez-Peña and Audra Burch.
Source: New York Times