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Houston Texans Star JJ Watt Raises Over $186K for Harvey Relief

People push a stalled pickup through a flooded street in Houston after Tropical Storm Harvey dumped heavy rains Sunday Aug. 27 2017 Houston Texans Star JJ Watt Raises Over $186K for Harvey Relief
Parmenio Sano | 28 Agosto, 2017, 18:48

Watt said the images he's seen on the news inspired him to take action.

Emergency crews raced to pull people from cars and homes as flood waters rose across southeast Texas, rescuing more than 1,000 people in the Houston area as Tropical Storm Harvey pounded the region.

"Words really can't express the impacts this will have, when all is said and done", Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The Weather Company in Andover, Mass., told Bloomberg News. "There is no historical comparison".

"Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days", the service said in a statement.

The residents of La Vita Bella, an assisted living home in Dickinson, Texas, were trapped when water poured inside, Kim McIntosh, whose mother owns the facility, told the New York Daily News.

President Trump praised the federal government's response to Hurricane Harvey on Sunday morning, comments that came as millions still face the threat of deadly floods from the storm. Here is what you need to know about the damage and what you can do to help.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Emergency responders in a boat rescued Roxanne Rasmussen, along with two disabled residents.

She added: "We continue to keep all of those affected in our thoughts and prayers".

Rescue came by land, water and air. This release will cause flooding in the homes nearby, but it is necessary as water in the reservoirs is rising too quickly, which risks uncontrolled water flowing from the dams.

"We're not at recovery yet", Long said. "We have had an unprecedented amount of water".

A record 30in of rain (75cm) has fallen on the city in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, turning roads into rivers.

"We are far from Katrina and Sandy in magnitude in the case of Hurricane Harvey", a spokeswoman for the company said. Some people managed with kayaks or canoes or swam.

Right now it's unclear when the team may return to Houston.


The NWS issued a flash flood emergency for parts of Harris County, Fort Bend County, Brazoria County and Galveston County. At least 5 deaths are blamed on the storm. The most ever recorded in the state from one storm.

Some areas have already received about half that amount.

Walker County could see between 8 to 15 inches of rain over the weekend and winds between 30 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour as early as today.

"Stay put", the National Weather Service said.

Update 8:04 a.m. ET - U.S. emergency authorities are estimating that over 30,000 people will need shelter as a result of the flooding caused by tropical storm Harvey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's administrator announced Monday.

For a vivid example of what can go wrong in a large-scale evacuation, Texans can look twelve years back to Hurricane Rita, when more than 3 million people from south and southeast Texas set off on one of the largest evacuations in USA history.

Rescuers had to give top priority to life-and-death situations, leaving many displaced families to fend for themselves.

On Interstate 45 south of downtown, television video showed people climbing over concrete dividers to get to a high-wheel dump truck that appeared to be wheels-deep in water on a service road.

Many shelters have been opened, including in a convention centre.

Up to 2,000 people have been rescued in and around Houston, with about 6.6 million people living in the metropolitan area.

The sprawling convention centre in central Houston is among nearly three dozen Red Cross shelters in Texas prepared to house up to 28,000 people driven from their homes by the state's most powerful hurricane in more than 50 years. Power outages during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 forced the shutdown of parts of the Colonial Pipeline for several days.

Gillis Leho arrived there soaking wet.

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