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Major flood emergency declared in Houston area

Lil Vernon and his 3-year-old daughter Ta Leaw arrive at a Red Cross shelter at W.W. Thorne Stadium on Aldine Bender Road. They had to be evacuated by boat from their home in Greenspoint. Chevron Corp. is contributing $1 million to the American
Red Cro Harvey Slams Parts Of Texas Overnight Before Coming Ashore Again In Louisiana
Andrew Cummings | 30 August, 2017, 02:00

Residents living near the Addicks and Barker reservoirs - that were created to prevent flooding in downtown Houston - were warned Sunday that a controlled release from both reservoirs would cause additional street flooding that could spill into homes.

Throughout the day Monday, the Army Corps of Engineers performed controlled releases of the two reservoirs, which sit west of Houston and were built in the 1940s.

Army Corps of Engineers officials have been releasing water from both, but the amount of water entering exceeds the amount being released, sending water over spillways.

Harvey has brought huge floods to Texas and is starting to affect Louisiana. The forecast calls for more rain through the week, exacerbating the situation.

Houston Fire Department personnel said they've received reports of water going into the second story of houses and apartment complexes in the Southern part of the city.

At least three deaths are attributed to the storm but many more people are missing and Acevedo previously said he's "really anxious about how many bodies we're going to find".

A downtown street is submerged in water from Buffalo Bayou after Hurricane Harvey inundated the Texas Gulf coast with rain causing widespread flooding, in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017.

The storm marks the first time Trump has been tested by a major natural disaster at the start of his administration.

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One neighbourhood in south Houston has seen the heaviest total rainfall from a tropical storm in the United States since records began in the 1950s, the National Weather Service says.

Officials in Fort Bend County, Texas, Houston's southwestern suburbs, late Sunday issued mandatory evacuation orders along the Brazos River levee districts.

It could creep as far east as MS by Thursday, meaning New Orleans, where Hurricane Katrina unleashed its full wrath in 2005, is in Harvey's path. Foreboding images of Harvey were lighting up weather radar screens early Tuesday, the 12th anniversary of the day Katrina made landfall in Plaquemines Parish.

As of midday Monday, Harvey's center was "near or just off the Texas coast south of Matagorda" and moving at almost 5 miles per hour, the hurricane center said.

"Both reservoirs are rising more than half a foot per hour", Zetterstrom said, as quoted by ABC News.

Harvey could regain strength Monday and Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center says.

Local authorities of Houston and Rockport have reportedly confirmed the two deaths.

The storm was expected to make a slow turn to the northeast on Tuesday, placing the center just off the middle and upper Texas Gulf coast through Tuesday night before moving inland. But the releases were not enough to relieve the pressure after one of the heaviest downpours in US history, Army Corps of Engineers officials said.

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