USA emergency officials on Monday said they would strive to deliver federal help to Texas, with more than 450,000 people thought likely to seek assistance for possible replacement of property and other disaster-related aid.
Up to 2000 people have been rescued in and around Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, with about 6.6m people living in the metropolitan area. The Brazos River was expected to crest at a record 59 feet, 14 feet above its flood stage, according to Reuters.
A state of emergency has been declared in neighboring Louisiana as well Monday, as officials fear that rain from Harvey will cause flooding there. The declaration, effective August 27, authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to bolster the response efforts of local authorities.
Long said FEMA has dispatched 8,500 federal staff members to assist in the state's recovery.
That flow will add to overflowing bayous that course through Houston to Galveston Bay.
Drone footage of areas flooded and destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. Some people managed with kayaks or canoes or swam.
"Nine of ten people die in hurricanes from water".
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An evacuation order is "not as black and white as people are making it out to be, and perhaps there could be hidden dangers with putting people out on the roads", Shepherd said.
"I think that the most important thing right now is the family and friends and the city of Houston back home", Watt said.
"Many of you may be wondering what you can do to help folks in Houston and other flooded areas in Texas". People are recommended to avoid going out as there might be life threatening danger. Dozens were rescued from the quick rising water.
A submerged vehicle on an Interstate in Houston.
"Things are being handled really well, the spirit is incredible of the people and the coordination between all of the different services, as you know, has been going very well", he said. In an effort to prevent even more severe flooding of downtown areas, the Army Corps of Engineers released water from nearby reservoirs, given fears that they would overflow.
Since coming ashore, Harvey has virtually stalled along the Texas coast, picking up warm water from the Gulf of Mexico and dumping torrential rain from San Antonio to Louisiana. Trump is expected to visit the region beginning Tuesday.
"When we got up at 2 a.m. yesterday morning, we watched the news for 14 hours", Beard told CNN on Monday.
US President Donald Trump warned on Monday that Texas faces a "long and hard road" to recovery after floods triggered by an unprecedented rainstorm, saying there's "never been anything like it". On Sunday, the president held a teleconference with top administration officials to discuss the federal effort.