Flood­wa­ters drop in Houston as Har­vey takes a new swipe

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Weather -

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.

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