Texas death toll rises
Thursday, August 31, 2017 Floodwaters drop but storm takes second swipe
Harvey’s floodwaters started dropping across much of the Houston area and the sun peeked through thinning clouds Wednesday in the first glimmer of hope in days for the besieged city. But the crisis was far from over, with the storm doubling back toward land and battering communities near the TexasLouisiana line.
The storm, meanwhile, began to give up some of its dead.
The confirmed death toll from the hurricane climbed to 21 after a woman’s body was discovered afloat in Beaumont. Also, the bodies of six family members, including four children, were pulled from a van that had been swept off a Houston bridge into a bayou, and authorities were investigating 17 more deaths to determine whether they were storm-related.
“Unfortunately, it seems that our worst thoughts are being realized,’’ Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said after the van was found in 10 feet of muddy water.
While conditions in Houston appeared to improve, the disaster took a turn for the worse east of the city, close to the Louisiana line.
Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, struggled with rising floodwaters and worked to evacuate residents after Harvey completed a U-turn and rolled ashore early Wednesday for the second time in six days, hitting southwestern Louisiana as a tropical storm with heavy rain and winds of 70 km/h.
For much of the rest of the Houston area, forecasters said the rain is pretty much over. Nevertheless, many thousands of homes in and around the nation’s fourth-largest city still were under water from the record-breaking deluge of four feet of rain and could stay that way for days or weeks.
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Gov. Greg Abbott warned that “the worst is not over” for southeastern Texas as widespread flooding continues.
volunteers help evacuate children from flooding in Beaumont, Texas, on Wednesday.
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