Floodwaters drop in Houston as Harvey takes a new 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 Texas-Louisiana 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. Authorities were investigating 17 more deaths. 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 45 mph.