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.
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