Dozens of rest home residents rescued from inundated home in Texas

Friday, 01 Sep, 2017

Water is as high as the roofs of homes in some areas, and even shelters housing evacuees in Port Arthur have been ravaged by floodwater. It does not mean tropical storm conditions are imminent.

The refinery was running at 60 percent capacity, a company spokeswoman said. "If you called, we are coming", Freeman wrote. On Tuesday evening, the company revealed that the Baytown facility released 12,000 pounds of poisonous vapors into the air following damage from Harvey.

"We will have to wait until the water levels from this historical flood recede before we can determine the extent of damage and make any needed repairs", the city of Beaumont said in a statement. "Residents have lined up at the few stores that are open to buy bottled water. FEMA Director Brock Long says the military will help get water to the city's almost 120,000 residents". Shelters have already taken in more than 17,000 people, and when rescue efforts can finally get well underway, that number is certain to increase dramatically. Overall, 10,522 convenience stores in Texas sell fuel, which represents 8.5% of the 123,807 USA convenience stores that sell fuel. The tropical storm is expected to weaken and continue north.

Roads in and out of Port Arthur are under water and impassable. Cots and other emergency supplies bobbed in the water-logged Civic Center floor.

But last night, the safety of that civic center was breached, too, according to KHOU. The storm is on track to move east toward Louisiana and the Lower Mississippi Valley through Friday.

Harvey is forecast to drop substantial amounts of rain on Louisiana before moving on to Arkansas, Tennessee and parts of Missouri, which could also see flooding.

"We can't rule out the potential for more brief tornadoes the rest of this afternoon and maybe tonight, and then the threat will be there again tomorrow", said Thomas Winesett, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Jackson, Miss.

Jefferson County Deputy Marcus McLellan said that an overflowing canal contributed to damaging what was supposed to be a safe haven for those in need.

Port Arthur city officials did not call for evacuations.

"We are blessed that the rain has stopped", said Brenda Stardig of the Houston City Council.

However, the dangers remain far from over.

Five days after Harvey first made landfall, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it's still in "lifesaving, life-sustaining" mode, with recovering survivors being the top priority.

After reports of looting, the Houston's mayor implemented a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m.

Now that Harvey has moved away from south Texas, Valero Energy Inc., Citgo Petroleum Corp. and Flint Hills Resources LLC are preparing to restart those Corpus Christi refineries, according to regulatory filings and people familiar who asked not to be identified because the plans aren't public.

The confirmed death toll from Harvey now stands at ten, including a Houston police officer who drowned inside his vehicle, trapped by flood waters.