More rain, chaos in Hous­ton

Tues­day, August 29, 2017 Six fam­ily mem­bers feared drowned in van World

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - CANADA - The As­so­ci­ATed press

Flood­wa­ters reached the rooflines of sin­gle-storey homes Mon­day, and peo­ple could be heard plead­ing for help from in­side as Har­vey poured rain on the Hous­ton area for a fourth con­sec­u­tive day af­ter a chaotic week­end of ris­ing water and res­cues.

The na­tion’s fourth-largest city was still largely par­a­lyzed by one of the largest down­pours in U.S. history. And there was no re­lief in sight from the storm that spun into Texas as a Cat­e­gory 4 hur­ri­cane, then parked it­self over the Gulf Coast. With nearly 61 cen­time­tres of rain ex­pected on top of the 76 cen­time­tres in some places, au­thor­i­ties wor­ried about whether the worst was yet to come.

Har­vey has been blamed for at least three con­firmed deaths, in­clud­ing a woman killed Mon­day in the town of Porter, north­east of Hous­ton, when a large oak tree dis­lodged by heavy rains top­pled onto her trailer home.

A Hous­ton tele­vi­sion sta­tion re­ported Mon­day that four chil­dren and their grand­par­ents were feared dead af­ter the van hit high water Sun­day when cross­ing a bridge in the Greens Bayou area. The KHOU re­port was at­trib­uted to three fam­ily mem­bers the sta­tion did not iden­tify. No bod­ies have been re­cov­ered.

The city’s nor­mally bustling busi­ness district was vir­tu­ally deserted Mon­day, with emer­gency ve­hi­cles mak­ing up most of the traf­fic. Most busi­nesses were closed.

Else­where, water gushed from two reser­voirs as of­fi­cials sought to re­lease pres­sure on a pair of 70-year-old dams that pro­tect down­town. Water was at risk of spilling around the sides of the bar­ri­ers, which have a long history of seep­age. The move was sup­posed to help shield the busi­ness district from flood­wa­ters, but it could also flood thou­sands more homes.

DaviD J. PhilliP/the as­so­ci­ateD Press

A woman is helped by res­cue per­son­nel while be­ing evac­u­ated as flood­wa­ters from Trop­i­cal Storm Har­vey rise on Mon­day.

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