Governor Greg Abbott believes that the worst of the Houston flooding is not over. Hurricane Harvey has dumped dozens of inches of rain over Houston and surrounding areas, flooding streets and forcing people from their homes. The rain keeps falling over the city, but it’s not falling in bands like it was when Harvey first came ashore. However, rain showers could last for a week or more at least, which means that the already saturated ground will just keep collecting water.
There have been at least 20 people who have died in the flood waters. Even though Harvey is finally pulling away from the state and is entering Louisiana, the impacts are still being felt and will likely continue to be felt in the state for some time. There have been over 8,000 rescues that have taken place in Houston and in other cities. Over 30,000 people are in shelters. The National Guard has sent over 10,000 members to Texas to help in any way that they are needed. These members have joined the 14,000 National Guard troops who were already in Texas.
The National Weather Service has good news for the people in Houston. There is dry weather in the future, which can help with the cleanup process. Volunteers from across the country have reached out to Houston to offer their boats to help with rescue efforts as well as clothing, food and other supplies. One family of six was killed when they were in their van trying to drive in the flood waters according to the local sheriff’s office. The driver of the van escaped. Houston is the fourth largest city in the country, so Harvey has impacted numerous people. There is a curfew in place to help prevent any kind of looting or other crimes that people might commit. Stations like 12NewsNow report that locations like Lamar State College are being used as shelters. President Trump has declared a federal state of emergency in Texas.