Har­vey wreaks havoc

Shepparton News - - SN WORLD NEWS -

Flood­wa­ters from Trop­i­cal Storm Har­vey, which has al­ready killed at least seven peo­ple in Texas and is ex­pected to drive tens of thou­sands from their homes, will likely rise in the com­ing days as heavy rains con­tin­ued to pound the Gulf Coast of the United States.

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

The storm was the most pow­er­ful hur­ri­cane to strike Texas in more than 50 years when it came ashore on Fri­day near Cor­pus Christi, 350 km south of Hous­ton.

The worst is far from over, as the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice is­sued nu­mer­ous flood warn­ings across the re­gion.

President Don­ald Trump plans to go to Texas to sur­vey the dam­age and may in the fu­ture visit Louisiana, where the storm is now dump­ing rain.

Mr Trump, fac­ing the big­gest natural dis­as­ter since he took of­fice in Jan­uary, has signed dis­as­ter procla­ma­tions for Texas and Louisiana, trig­ger­ing fed­eral re­lief ef­forts.

As of Mon­day evening 267 000 Tex­ans were left with­out power in the south-east cor­ner of the state.

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