Historical tropical storm Harvey continued to slam Texas, the country’s fourth largest city, with a hurling rainfall record that forced thousands of people to flee their homes and challenging the country’s flood control systems to their limits.
Some areas in Houston experienced more than 22 inches (55 cm) of rain within the 24-hour period to Sunday evening that made roads impassable and challenged emergency teams.
The army announced that late on Sunday, they planned to release water from the two reservoirs located southwest of the city to protect the city and those areas that are near. Water was planned to be released from Addicks reservoir at 2:00 a.m. on Monday and from the Barker reservoir approximately 24 hours after.
The rising waters forced thousands of individuals to rooftops or to higher grounds as rescuers battled to keep up with the persistent calls for their help. Helicopter landed near the flooded freeways and high water vehicles went through the water-logged intersections, while other residents fled in kayaks or canoes or even swam to safety places.
The White House announced that President Trump wanted to visit Texas on Tuesday but by then, rainfall totals would be about 40 inches (101 cm) or more in Houston, according to the National Weather Service. They also projected that some remote areas might hit or exceed to inches (127 cm).
The NWS announced that the Southeast Texas which includes Houston Metropolitan is threatened by “significant to catastrophic flash flooding.” The nearby areas of Louisiana also faces flash floods as the soil saturates.
Five reported deaths were officially confirmed and it may expected to rise as the storm continues to trigger tidal surges and tornadoes.
Storm Harvey also hit the heart of America’s oil and gas industry which forced the operators to close some refineries and evacuate and close offshore structures. Port Houston facilities is closed on Monday.