More rain, chaos in Houston
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Six family members feared drowned in van World
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.
A woman is helped by rescue personnel while being evacuated as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise on Monday.