Water Tops Houston Dam's Spillway As Harvey Drifts Toward Louisiana

Harvey continues to stall in Texas

Jose Rengel, a 47-year-old construction worker who lives in Galveston, was helping with rescue efforts in Dickinson, southeast of Houston, where he saw water cresting the tops of cars.

As Houston and the surrounding areas continue to cope with extreme flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a number of celebrities - including Texas natives Beyoncé and Demi Lovato - have taken to social media to share their support for the city in need.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday.

The Guard will work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials and federal troops. Isolated storm totals may reach 50 inches over the upper Texas coast, including the Houston/Galveston metropolitan area.

Mr Long says the Army Corps Engineers to restore power and critical infrastructure. The spillway's elevation is 108 feet; the water was measured at 108.31 feet Tuesday morning.

As we reported Monday, officials urged residents who live near the Addicks and Barker reservoirs to evacuate or monitor water levels, as the Corps announced that rising levels were forcing the release of water.

"I'm sitting here watching the news, checking the Internet and seeing everything that's going on with Hurricane Harvey and the damage it's causing back home, and it's very hard", Watt said in a video he posted Sunday on Twitter.

Turner said emergency responders were giving their highest priority to the most flood-ravaged areas. "But people shouldn't need an evacuation order if they live in a flood plain and they see 25 inches of rain coming".

Southeast Texas was hammered by Hurricane Rita just weeks after Katrina devastated New Orleans.

As of Sunday afternoon, about 22 per cent, or 379,000 barrels, of Gulf production was idled due to the storm, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday that Harvey was moving away from the Texas coast but was expected to linger close to the shore through Monday, resulting in ongoing strong rainfall and flooding.

On top of that, the Insurance Council of Texas has estimated Harvey-related damages will top Hurricane Ike's $12 billion clean up in 2008.

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