Har­vey threats still loom

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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