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U.S.A.: Five dead as Houston Harvey catastrophic floods ravage City

5 September 2017 No Comment

Harvey houses flood destruction

Five people have been reported killed after Harvey tropical storm pummeled Houston and the surrounding Region, bringing catastrophic flooding that have covered vehicles, houses and other property. At least five deaths and more than a dozen injuries have been reported in the aftermath of Harvey, the hurricane that tore across the Gulf Coast of Texas over the weekend.
Last Sunday the powerful system, now a tropical storm, pounded the region with torrential rains that were expected to continue for days, causing catastrophic floods, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The public hospital for Harris County, which includes Houston, began evacuating patients after flooding disrupted its power supply.The National Weather Service forecast rainfall of 15 to 25 inches through Friday, with as much as 50 inches in a few areas.
                                                      Everywhere, “a new flowing puddle.”
As tropical storm Harvey pummeled the City of Houston Sunday morning, Maya Wadler, 17, sat awake, alone and scared, one of millions of Texans trapped in Harvey’s path.
Around her, the one-story home she shares with her father, mother and older sister made the sound of a hundred popping blisters. Then came the water. “It bubbled up from the doors,” she said, “seeped in from the windows, everywhere you turned there would just be a new flowing puddle. It just kept filling. It passed the outlets. I was so scared, we didn’t know what would happen.”
Upstairs, her father slept. She tried towels. She thought they’d be ok. Then, at 4 a.m., a green light came from the street. It was the fire department, ready for rescue. She woke her father, Michael, 55, who stepped out of bed into a foot of water. Her mother Freda and her sister Ariel had gone to stay with a neighbour.
Mr. Wadler grabbed his tefillin, Jewish prayer boxes often used by religious men. Neither Wadler had a moment to grab shoes. They climbed into a boat, the rain lashed at their backs, and they floated to an emergency truck.
“I was sitting in the corner holding my dad really tight,” Maya said. “I usually just trust my parents that everything is going to be O.K. But I looked up and I saw that my dad was closing his eyes, the water was getting in his eyes. And I just thought: He has absolutely no idea where we are going to go. The rescue team took Maya and Mr. Wadler to a fire station, where they are the only flood victims.
The effects associated with Tropical Storm Harvey are “unprecedented” and “unknown and beyond anything experienced,” the National Weather Service said in a tweet.
In an interview on Sunday morning, Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, said: “Everything that we had hoped wouldn’t happen but was forecasted is happening. We have a catastrophic, life-threatening flood event taking place over southeastern Texas, including the Houston metropolitan area. It’s bad now and it’s getting worse“Many neighbors are screaming for help,” wrote one man to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez on Twitter, urging the sheriff to call.
                                                 Houston’s airports are closed
The two major airports in the Houston area, William P. Hobby Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport, were closed on Sunday. The streets around Bush Airport, about 20 miles north of downtown Houston, were flooded; some runways at Hobby Airport, just south of downtown, were underwater. The closings of the airports, which are hubs for United Airlines and Southwest Airlines, were contributing to major delays at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Departures were also experiencing delays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Courtesy: Associated Press

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