RES­CUES AMID RUIN

Death toll reaches 14 and of­fi­cials fear it will rise. Swollen Colorado River tears through La Grange Pres­i­dent Trump to fly into Cor­pus Christi on Tues­day.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By An­drea Ball, Nolan Hicks andJonathan Tilove aball@states­man.com nhicks@states­man.com jtilove@states­man.com

Thou­sands crowd into Hous­ton shel­ters; 110,000 with­out power.

Hur­ri­cane Har­vey’s death toll rose to at least 14 on Mon­day as rains con­tin­ued to soak an al­ready drenched city still deal­ing with emer­gency res­cues, packed shel­ters, power out­ages and ris­ing flood­wa­ters.

As Har­vey, down­graded to a trop­i­cal storm, re­treated into the Gulf of Mex­ico on Mon­day, au­thor­i­ties feared the toll will in­crease when the water re­cedes and they can launch a more ex­haus­tive search. The 14 re­ported dead in­clude a fam­ily of six who were lost when their van sunk af­ter cross­ing a bridge and hit­ting high water, but Har­ris County sher­iff’s of­fi­cials said they had not found their bod­ies as of Mon­day night.

Parts of Hous­ton had been wal­loped by 20 to 30 inches of rain­fall, with the south­east­ern re­gion par­tic­u­larly hard-hit. And it’s not over yet. Fore­cast­ers said they ex­pect the swirling storm, once a Cat­e­gory 4 hur­ri­cane, to dou­ble back and come ashore far­ther up the Texas coast Wed­nes­day, po­ten­tially deal­ing an­other blow to the city.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is headed to Texas on Tues­day to see first­hand the de­struc­tion caused by the storm and says he is con­fi­dent that Congress will act swiftly to pro­vide the state the re­build­ing money it needs.

“You are go­ing to see rapid ac­tion from Congress,” Trump said at a joint White House news con­fer­ence with Sauli Ni­in­istö, the pres­i­dent of Fin­land, with whom he had just met.

The pres­i­dent and first lady Me­la­nia Trump will ar­rive on Air Force One at Cor­pus Christi In­ter­na­tional Air­port at 11 a.m., ac­cord­ing to the White House.

In his news con­fer­ence Mon­day, the pres­i­dent said he might re­turn to Texas, and per­haps also Louisiana, on Satur­day, de­pend­ing on the course of the storm.

As of Mon­day, about 110,000 cus­tomers re­mained with­out power in Hous­ton. Thou­sands of storm refugees filled city shel­ters, with nearly 5,000 peo­ple flow­ing into the Ge­orge R. Brown

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