Major flood emergency declared in Houston area

Major flood emergency declared in Houston area

Jeff Lindner, from Harris County Flood Control District, said he was certain more homes and streets would flood as a result, and the county was trying to determine where the water will go, specifically from the north end of the Addicks reservoir.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began controlled water release of the Addicks Reservoir Monday in an attempt to manage flood levels in the immediate area.

A western MI company is sending about 2,000 kayaks to Texas and Louisiana to help with flooding relief and rescue efforts amid Harvey's onslaught.

Almost 6,000 inmates displaced by flooding have been moved from prisons in the Houston area to other facilities in south and east Texas, according to the state Department of Criminal Justice.

Houston's Buffalo Bayou reached a record 69-foot crest in one area Sunday.

One Houston woman said she presumed six members of a family, including four of her grandchildren, died after their van sank into Greens Bayou in East Houston, although emergency officials have not confirmed the deaths.

The 911 system in Houston has been at capacity throughout the night as rainfall has intensified from Tropical Storm Harvey.

"If they get the call from their locally-elected official to evacuate, they need to heed those warnings and evacuate immediately", said Randy Cephus from the Army Corps of Engineers.

Trump has been praising the government's response to the storm on Twitter.

This is the first time officials have done a release while it is still raining.

Before the storm is gone, up to 20in more rain could fall, the National Weather Service said, meaning the flooding will get worse in the days ahead and the water will be slow to recede once Harvey finally moves on. On Sunday, the president held a teleconference with top administration officials to discuss the federal effort.

It could creep as far east as MS by Thursday, meaning New Orleans, where Hurricane Katrina unleashed its full wrath in 2005, is in Harvey's path. Foreboding images of Harvey were lighting up weather radar screens early Tuesday, the 12th anniversary of the day Katrina made landfall in Plaquemines Parish.

"That area is under mandatory evacuation", said Sharon Trower, spokeswoman for Brazoria County.

"The Corps will start releasing around 800 cubic feet per second from each reservoir for a total of 1,600 c.f.s".

The US Gulf Coast has been battered by Hurricane Harvey since Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center says heavy rain from Harvey is expected to worsen flooding in Southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana. But the releases were not enough to relieve the pressure after one of the heaviest downpours in USA history, Army Corps of Engineers officials said.

Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years when it made landfall on Friday near Corpus Christi, 220 miles (354km) south-west of Houston.

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