Harvey threats still loom
HOUSTON (AP) — Tropical Storm Harvey’s floodwaters started receding throughout much of the Houston area and the storm weakened slightly Wednesday, but major dangers remained for the U.S. Gulf Coast area.
The scope of the devastation caused by the hurricane came into sharper focus, meanwhile, and the murky green floodwaters from the record-breaking deluge began yielding more bodies.
The confirmed death toll had climbed to at least 31 by press time Wednesday. Houston’s fire department said it would begin a block-by-block search today of thousands of flooded homes.
While conditions in the nation’s fourth-largest city appeared to improve, to the east weather conditions deteriorated close to the Louisiana line. Forecasters downgraded Harvey to a tropical depression late Wednesday, but it still has lots of rain and potential damage to spread.