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Harvey Latest: Death toll rises, devastation continues to spread

As of August 28, 2017, Monday, death toll reaches eight where six of these died in a flooded van, four were minor and their elderly great grandparents.

Significant Numbers on Harvey in Houston Metro area: (Source: Houston Chronicle

  • 276 high water locations along major Houston-area roads
  • 80,000 electricity customers without service
  • 18 helicopters used in rooftop rescue efforts
  • 4,000 national and state guard members activated to assist with storm aftermath (including an additional 1,000 called up Monday morning).

The National Hurricane Center said that Harvey has significantly increased in strength as it went back to Gulf of Mexico, while AP reported that the storm sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph) up to 5 mph (8kph).

Mayor Turner announced that there were about 5,500 residents are presently in shelters and he projected that the number will increase as the flooding continues to bring havoc. “Things are dynamic. People who were not in crisis yesterday may be in crisis today,” he said.

Elaine Duke, acting homeland security secretary, announced that the government made each resource available to tackle the storm and get help to local officials as fast as possible. FEMA projects that 30,000 or more will need to be brought to shelters.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started to release water from the two Houston reservoirs earlier than planned. The decision came to prevent uncontrolled water flowing from the dams. Galveston District Commander of the Corps Col. Lars Zetterstrom said, “If we don’t begin releasing now, the volume of uncontrolled water around the dams will be higher and have a greater impact on the surrounding communities.”

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Photograph: LM Otero/AP

The U.S. National Weather Service announced that the flood was spreading east to Louisiana up to 25 inches ( of rain is projected in southwestern areas of the state.

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Residents fled as havoc continues. Image credit: Daily Express
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Fifteen elderly were rescued from La Vita Bella nursing home, a Dickinson assisted living community, hours after a viral picture showed them sitting in waist-deep water went viral. TIMOTHY McINTOSH/Courtesy
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The senior citizens at the nursing home after the rescue. image credit:The Guardian
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image credit: The Guardian
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Residents of Houston continues to battle havoc that storm Harvey brings, the strongest hurricane to hit Texas in more than 5o years. (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

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