Harvey Rain Overflows Houston Reservoirs

The fourth city of the United States was this Tuesday a large lake on which more than five million people tried to save what they could of their lives. Large areas of Houston, Texas, remained flooded after four days of incessant rain, which can continue for at least two more days, according to forecasts. On Tuesday two reservoirs overflowed and another broke. More than 30,000 people have had to leave their homes because of floods. The mayor of the city decreed a curfew at night to avoid looting in the abandoned houses. The authorities put the death toll at 30 by the catastrophe.

Weeks, even months could take the water out of the houses closest to the Houston reservoirs and their suburbs. It will be a long-term recovery. As of Tuesday, 17,000 people were sleeping in more than 30 hostels within the city and its suburbs. City Mayor Sylvester Turner said the convention center housed 9,000 people when they waited for 5,000. The city has requested resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to house 10,000 more. Police reported that they had carried out 3,500 rescues of people trapped in their homes.

They are the most extreme side of the hurricane. But in addition, 246,000 people are without electricity in Texas. As of Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott had declared 54 counties as a disaster zone, or 41 percent of the state, where 27.9 million people live. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimated that 450,000 people may end up in need of emergency assistance.

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