The rain has slowed in Houston, but it hasn’t stopped yet. Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm that has lingered over Texas, has dumped more than 40 inches of rain in some areas of Houston. This is officially one of the worst flood disasters in U.S. history.
At least 15 people have died in the record-breaking, catastrophic floods so far, although it’s unclear how many more people are missing. Across the city, Houston police officers have rescued more than 3,500 people.
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The Addicks and Barker reservoirs on the west side of Houston are overflowing, despite the Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to slowly release the reservoir waters to prevent spillover. Nearly 3,000 homes could be affected by the additional flooding. The Columbia Lakes levee in Brazoria County has already broken, causing officials to order immediate evacuations of the area.
The National Hurricane Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Weather Prediction Center reported that an additional 6 to 12 inches of rain could fall on the Houston metro area through Thursday, before the storm heads into Louisiana. That brings the total amount of rain to 50 inches. Luckily, though, the rain is slowing down.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport remain closed indefinitely.