'Epic and catastrophic' flooding devastates Houston as more rainfall forecast

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"This is very much still a life saving, life sustaining response effort", a senior official with the Federal Emergency Management Agency told reporters on Tuesday. It is thus far the single deadliest incident resulting from the storm.

While Harvey may make some of them reconsider, there's no such thing as retroactive insurance.

Houston reservoirs full from storm Harvey's heavy rains are starting to overflow, forcing authorities to release more water into the city's swollen drainage system to alleviate pressure on two dams.

"We will not ask for immigration status or papers from anyone at any shelter", the city said in a tweet late Monday night. The Jewish Family Service also reported flood damage, as did at least three Houston synagogues.

All over Houston, you see what's being called the Texas Navy: private citizens pulling their fishing boats behind pickups.

"The devastation from Hurricane Harvey is nothing short of heartbreaking and Kroger is proud to step up and support the people of Houston", said Scot Hendricks, president of the Kroger Delta Division.

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Harvey was expected to produce another 7 to 13 inches (18-33 cm) of rain through Thursday over parts of the upper Texas coast into southwestern Louisiana, the National Weather Service said. "You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued".

Houston's two main airports reportedly suspended commercial flights and two hospitals evacuated their patients.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a press conference Monday that about 5,500 people have been brought to emergency shelters in the city.

Now, Louisiana is reviewing lessons learned from the deadly storm, as Harvey's outer bands could douse the state over the coming days, Gov. John Bel Edwards said.

Ahead of his Texas visit, Trump on Monday pledged that the national government would provide whatever rescue assistance and financial help Texas and the neighboring state of Louisiana need to recover from the tens of billions of dollars in damage caused by the storm.

Another factor cushioning the blow somewhat is that the country's production of gas is near a 10-year peak, with oil stocks last week reaching 463 million barrels.



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