Harvey's Rains Bring Historic Flooding in Houston
Harvey, which touched down Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane, is now a tropical storm and has been stalled out over the Houston region since Saturday evening. As a result, there's widespread catastrophic flooding throughout the Houston area, resulting in five deaths so far.
This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced. Follow orders from officials to ensure safety. #Harvey pic.twitter.com/IjpWLey1h8— NWS (@NWS) August 27, 2017
First things first: If your house is in danger of flooding, don't panic. These are some guidelines of what to do. Officials were urging residents not to call 911 Sunday morning, which was at capacity, unless it was a true emergency. If you have a true emergency, stay on 911 until you are connected. There are other numbers to try as well to receive assistance.
#Houston #Emergency numbers #Harvey #houstonflooding #harveyhurricane pic.twitter.com/xMGMqRjrQ4— RageAgainstTheRegime (@CitiMutts) August 27, 2017
By 7 a.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service said 25 inches had fallen on Houston, with more to come. The U.S. Coast Guard deployed five helicopters to help with search and rescue. In a press conference, Mayor Turner urged Houstonians to stay off the roads—Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena says they've made more than 250 vehicle rescues so far. Pena said they've responded to 2,500 emergency calls since midnight Sunday, with a backlog of 1,000 to work through.
We hope you're staying safe and dry. We'll update the post as things develop.