February 24, 2018

Port Arthur Faces Flooding Disaster: 'Our Whole City Is Underwater Right Now'

02 September 2017, 01:24 | Frank Carlson

Dozens of people have died during tropical storm Harvey

Dozens of people have died during tropical storm Harvey

Harvey's record breaking rainfall that flooded Houston is winding down, but the trouble is far from over. There are still two reservoirs that are getting close to peak. That was as of (Wednesday) morning.

Arkema SA and public health officials warned of the risk of more explosions and fires at a chemical plant owned by the firm.

Abbott also announced that 14 more counties had been added to the federal disaster declaration, with residents in all but three counties - counties such as Dallas that are assisting but were not directly affected - eligible for individual assistance.

Port Arthur found itself increasingly isolated as floodwaters swamped most major roads out of the city and spilled into a storm shelter with about 100 people inside. The brunt of the storm has now shifted to western Louisiana.

The watch advisory comes as Harvey continues to pour heavy rains in Texas and Louisiana.

"Many Texans in and around Beaumont [and] Port Arthur are fighting for their lives against an incredible amount of water", said NBC News Meteorologist Bill Karins.

Evacuees who were rescued from the flood waters of Tropical Storm Harvey wait to board school buses bound for Louisiana in Vidor, Texas on August 31, 2017.

"We won't leave the facility", he said. Rescue workers attempted to revive the mother but she was already dead.

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Water rushed into the streets of Port Arthur overnight.

Parts of Louisiana and Texas are under flash flood warnings through Wednesday morning, affecting areas where hundreds of thousands of people live. It has invited shelter residents to attend its double header against the New York Mets, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said on his Twitter feed. Texas is also home to 15,671 convenience stores, representing 10.1% of the country's 154,535 convenience stores. The president had insisted on scheduling a trip to Texas soon after Harvey made landfall in the state Friday night.

Julia Chatham and her neighbors are trapped in her home, with virtually no supplies.

The 25-year-old quickly asked a friend to get away from him "because if you do, you know, you will go too", he told his friend.

For the first time since Harvey rammed Houston over the weekend, authorities say the floodwaters that turned the city into rivers, are slowly receding in some areas. "Things are going to get better".

Harvey dumped almost 52 inches of rain at one location east of Houston, the National Weather Service said, breaking the record for the greatest amount of measured single-storm rainfall for the continental U.S.

Volunteers have come the Houston region to lend a hand and their boats.

Leaders at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital made a decision to remain open Thursday, but they put out a message that its emergency and trauma center will be open for only urgent cases and patients who are seriously injured, in order to be sure they have enough water for the 256 patients still at the hospital.

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