HOUSTON: The largest rain storm in continental United States history has finally begun to move away from Houston on Tuesday, while the remains of Hurricane Harvey and his endless and ruthless rain bands have turned to threatening Louisiana instead.
But after more than 50 inches of rain for four days, Houston was less a city and more of an archipelago: a chain of urban islands in a hazy maritime fun. Around them, flat-bottomed boats and helicopters continued to unravel the victims of the rooftops, and the water still flowed from reservoirs filled with water and swollen rivers.
Between 25 and 30 percent of Harris County – home to 4.5 million people in Houston and its suburbs – have been flooded Tuesday afternoon, according to Jeff Lindner, a district control meteorologist. floods. It is at least 444 square miles, an area six times greater than the District of Columbia.
Authorities added that people had been reported posing as law enforcement officers in communities such as Kingwood, falsely telling people to evacuate.
On Tuesday morning, authorities discovered the body of a Houston police officer who had drowned in his patrol two days earlier, at the height of the storm. Sergeant Steve Perez, a former officer, was on Sunday morning, spending two and a half hours in search of a road in the streets buried in the rain as he entered a flooded underground passage.
Houston police chief Art Acevedo said Perez’s wife had asked him not to leave. It was, Acevedo said, “because he has it in his DNA.”
In total, authorities said at least 22 people had been confirmed dead from the storm. But they said it was difficult to know how many others disappeared. They also stated that it was too early to assess the total number of houses and other buildings damaged, in part because emergency crews were still struggling to reach certain areas due to flooded or damaged roads, Francisco Sánchez, a spokesman for the Homeland Security Office and Harris County Emergency Management. “We’re still in the middle of the answer,” he said.
Authorities said more than 13,000 people had been rescued from the floodwaters, according to the Associated Press, but the number was certainly low. Many were saved by strangers with ships, which had saved so much that they had lost count. They left behind homes that could be flooded for days, weeks and perhaps lost forever.
Officials said more than 13,300 people were already in shelters. Federal officials estimated that 30,000 people could be forced to leave their homes in Texas and the surrounding states.
Federal officials estimated that 30,000 people could be forced to leave their homes in Texas and the surrounding states.
All around Houston on Tuesday, help and impotence repeated the same. It does not happen here.
“I’ve lived here since 1994, and it’s never been raised,” said Bonnie McKenna, a retired attendant at Kingwood, along the San Jacinto River in northeastern Houston.
McKenna’s house was dry, but on the street, rescue boats unloaded neighbors saved from nearby flooded streets. McKenna did not have a boat. But she had a blanket.
It was turned into quarters and offered to drenched evacuees when they arrived in the dry. “I’m grateful not to come to my house, but I’m very sad about the people who just lost everything,” McKenna said.
President Donald Trump flew to Texas on Tuesday, visiting Corpus Christi – near where the storm landed – and state officials in Austin. At one point, he shouted a message to a crowd outside a Corpus Christi fire department.