HARVEY WREAKS HAVOC IN TEXAS
HOUSTON, Texas (AP):
Tropical Storm Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the nation's fourth-largest city yesterday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers who could not keep up with the constant calls for help.
The incessant rain covered much of Houston in turbid, gray-green water and turned streets into rivers navigable only by boat. In a rescue effort that recalled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, helicopters landed near flooded freeways, airboats buzzed across submerged neighbourhoods and high-water vehicles ploughed through waterlogged intersections.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said that as of 5 p.m. yesterday, Houston police and fire departments had received nearly 6,000 calls for rescues and had rescued more than 1,000 people. Many of those rescued were people trapped on their roofs or in their attics.
Turner said that so far only one fatality has been confirmed a woman who died Saturday evening after getting out of her car when it drove into a flooded street.
Turner said 22 aircrafts were working to help identify people stranded on roofs. Sixteen of those aircrafts are from US Coast Guard. In addition, 35 boats and 93 dump trucks were being used by the city for high water rescues.