Houston rescue teams in race to rescue flood victims before storm's return

Stranded motorists wait out the storm on the Sidney Sherman Bridge after rainfall from Hurricane Harvey caused

Since making landfall, Harvey has soaked Houston, America's fourth largest city and the capital of the country's vast energy industry.

"You're going to have what you need and it's going to go fast", he said.

Some 150 neighborhood blocks in the city that are home to members of the Jewish community have been damaged in floods as part of the hurricane, the JFS said in a conference call with community leaders, the Texas Jewish Herald-Voice reported.

"We are only half-way through the rainfall", he said.

"Things are being handled really well, the spirit is incredible of the people and the coordination between all of the different services, as you know, has been going very well", he said. Texas is stepping up rescue efforts, with Governor Greg Abbott activating the entire state National Guard.

Trump will travel to Texas on Tuesday to survey some of the damage.

The NWS said the exact path of the storm was uncertain but that peak flooding was expected on Wednesday and Thursday as rivers crested.

Flood damage in Texas from Hurricane Harvey may equal that from Katrina, one of the costliest natural disaster in USA history, an insurance research group said on Sunday. The US Coast Guard is fielding roughly 1,000 calls per hour and rescued 3,000 people using aircraft and boats on Monday alone, while the Houston Fire Department rescued 400 people and police rescued an additional 1,000 the same day.

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And he has gotten a remarkable response from the city of Houston and those that care about it, with people donating more than $350,000 in roughly 12 hours. The National Weather Service has projected that some parts of Houston and the surrounding area will receive as much as 50 inches of rain, which would be the highest amount recorded in Texas.

Long said the federal government was bolstering security in Texas and working to restore power and infrastructure like emergency communications.

Speaking in Washington as he prepared to visit the flood zone, Mr Trump pledged "rapid action" from Congress, as he promised funding for the victims of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Judging from federal disaster declarations, the storm has so far affected about a quarter of the Texas population, or 6.8 million people in 18 counties.

Tropical Storm Harvey is not your typical storm.

"Seventy five to 80 percent of our personnel are emergency workers, so this is nothing odd to them to go out and help", she said.

"I wonder what their situation (is)", he said. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images People walk through flooded streets as the effects of Hurricane Harvey are seen August 27, 2017, in Galveston, Texas.



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