As the sun emerged and water began to retreat in some areas of Houston, Tropical Storm Harvey changed its anger against The Beaumont-Port Arthur area of Texas The area on Tuesday and Wednesday with record rainfall and devastating flooding.
"Our entire city is under water right now, but we are coming!" The mayor of Port Arthur, Derrick Freeman, said in a Facebook message at night, desperate Residents sent calls for help on social media.
Houses filled with water and submerged roads, shelters evacuated, local authorities urged people who needed relief to hang sheets or towels from windows, forecasters warned that The storm could spawn tornadoes, and the Louisiana State Police closed Interstate 10 in the direction of Beaumont, a few miles from the state line. The rain should continue until Friday.
In Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a press conference in the middle of the day that he was pressing for the city to return to normal as quickly as possible. He said airports George Bush and William P. Hobby of the city will reopen at 4pm. Local time with limited service and this school will start on September 5th.
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• Local officials reported at least 31 deaths related or suspected of being related to the storm. The victims include a policeman who died en route to work; A mother who was swept into a canal while her child survived by hanging on to her; A woman who died when a tree fell on her mobile home; And a family that would have been drowned trying to escape the flood waters in a van.
• More than 32,000 people were in shelters in Texas and 30,000 shelter beds were available, said Governor Greg Abbott of Texas at a press conference on Wednesday. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said 230 shelters were operating in the state and 1,800 people had been moved from shelters to hotels and motels.
• FEMA has provided five million meals to the evacuees and 210,000 people have (19459002)
• The National Guard has led 8,500 rescues since the start of the storm, Governor Abbott, and police and firefighters in the Houston area have made a similar number. Approximately 24,000 National Guard soldiers will soon be deployed for disaster recovery in Texas, he said.
• The storm made its second disembarkation at 4 am on Wednesday just west of Cameron, La., Near the Texas border, the National Hurricane Center said. Harvey should move northeast, gradually weakening and becoming a tropical depression by Wednesday night.
• Parts of the Houston area set a record for rainfall from a single storm in the continental United States, with better reading Wednesday morning 51.88 inches since The storm began, although the threat of heavy rainfall was passed to the Houston and Galveston areas. Flooding remains a concern in Houston, Beaumont, Port Arthur and southwestern Louisiana, according to the center.
• Chronic journalists chronicle the storm and its aftermath. Here is a collection of the most powerful photographs and a guide to our coverage. Manny Fernandez, Alan Blinder, Julie Turkewitz, Jack Healy, Dave Philipps, Annie Correal, Rick Rojas, Monica Davey, Richard Fausset, Richard Pérez -Peña and Audra Burch. A collection of their tweets is here.
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Port Arthur and Beaumont in Texas were beaten overnight.
These cities and other locations in Jefferson County, Texas, east of Houston, were desperate for help after heavy rain at night caused by The floods to precipitate.
In Beaumont, emergency workers rescued a girl who was floating in flood waters, suffering from hypothermia and clinging to her mother's body. The mother died, but the girl was in stable condition, the police said in a statement.
The mother, identified by the police while Colette Sulcer, aged 41, had driven a service road when he drew parking and was stuck. Ms. Sulcer and her daughter left the car, but were swept by the water, floating about a half mile, said police. A group of emergency officials found the pair just before being swept under an easel. Local journalists from Port Arthur showed that shelters and houses were flooded, and residents and reporters said there had not been enough people answering emergency calls.
The rain fell with an astonishing intensity in the county, which is home to about 254,000 people. Between 2 pm Tuesday and 1 am Wednesday, local time, nearly 19 inches of rain hit the regional airport of Jack Brooks, between Beaumont and Port Arthur.
The total rain since the storm reached more than 45 inches Wednesday and will climb. The rain should continue steadily until Wednesday and Thursday, before stopping on Friday.
"I have never seen this rain in my whole life," said a Texas resident.
Meagan Johnson, an Orange resident, east of Beaumont, said that some parts of the city that she never recalls floods were overflowing now. Her house did not have water but she was blocking her street, and she was staying in her house without power. Her husband was helped by relief workers, and her father, an electrician for the town of Beaumont, was stuck at work, ensuring that the city's water pumps were working.
"I can not even take care of it How much rain this storm has brought," Mrs. Johnson said in a telephone interview. "This is not comparable, I have never seen this rain in my whole life."
The Mayor of Houston is pushing back to normal.
The rain had stopped in Houston on Wednesday afternoon and the sun was shining despite the vast expanses of town remaining under water. At a noon press conference, Mr. Turner, the mayor, said he wanted people to get home as soon as they were safe. The courts, town hall and other city offices will reopen next week, and ordinary waste collection will resume. "The earlier we get back into our routine, the better," he said.
But thousands of people remained in shelters, always searching for information about their family and friends, and about the state of their homes and their city. The city's largest refuge at the George R. Brown Convention Center had 8,000 people Tuesday night, down 10,000. He also wanted the Astros to play Friday at a regular home game.
And although the flood of record rainy days has begun to retreat, swollen rivers still have no ridge in some places as water uncovers. Art Acevedo, the chief of police, said that 20 people who had been reported missing since the start of the storm have remained missing.
Chief Acevedo added that no quotes were published overnight for violation of the city's curfew, from midnight to 5 am. The Police Department requested curfews in response to reports of minor raids and to allow search and rescue teams to move without interference.
A text, then his brother lost the storm
"He is getting closer", Travis Callihan, 45, sent a message to his brother, Troy, Hurricane Harvey encroached on his Houston home last weekend.
This was the last time Troy heard his brother. On Monday, Travis died in the storm. Troy said that in the chaos of the last few days, he still has not heard directly how his brother was dead. A neighbor told the family that Travis had sought refuge in his pick-up. Harris County officials say that he left his vehicle, fell into flood waters and drowned.
Travis lived alone, said his brother, kept himself to himself and stopped working after he broke his back a few years ago in a nautical accident. Before his wound, he was a different man. He spent his weekends hunting, fishing and scuba diving. He worked in information technology and focused on computers in his spare time.
"He changed radically after he got hurt," Callihan said. "But he had still come to visit my children, and we helped him recover, and even if we could not see each other, we would talk."
Houston's exterior was at risk of exploding.
Flood waters shut down refrigeration equipment at the plant, about 30 miles northeast of downtown, which keeps its chemicals stable.
The owner of the plant, Arkema, closed it last Friday in anticipation of the storm and a skeletal crew of 11 was left to ensure that the chemicals, Which are kept in a cold warehouse, have remained safe.
But Arkema said the plant was without electricity since Sunday and that torrential rains and floods had damaged the backup generators. When the storage warehouse was reheated, the crew transferred the chemicals onto diesel refrigerated trailers, but some of them stopped working.
The crew was evacuated on Tuesday. "Although we do not believe there is an imminent danger, the potential for a chemical reaction leading to a fire and / or explosion within the boundaries of the site is real," the company said in a statement. a statement. As a precautionary measure, residents a mile and a half from the plant had been evacuated.
The Arkema plant manufactures organic peroxides, which are used to make plastic and other materials. When hot chemicals, they begin to decompose, creating more heat and can quickly lead to a rapid and explosive reaction. Some organic peroxides also produce flammable vapors as they decompose.
Louisiana officials are reporting minimal damage so far.
Along Bayou Barataria, south of New Orleans, the sun shone between the rains, the clouds appearing in the distance. Despite the lack of rain, the storm and a southerly wind caused a spill on the banks of the bayou and in the small fishing communities of Jean Lafitte and Barataria on each side.
The area lies outside New Orleans' dike system, so each storm causes some distress. Along the Boulevard Privateer, a raised cemetery was submerged and sections of roadway were covered with water.
Tim Kerner, the mayor of Jean Lafitte, examined the scene in a worrying way at the wheel of his truck. "We are going to make a bag of sand," he said. Yet, he noted, it was a high tide, and – save the unexpected – his city would go through without major damage.
There were about two dozen relief in southwest Louisiana overnight, said Mike Steele, Louisiana's spokesman for the Office of the Governor of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, And about 200 people housed in shelters. Some of those who were out of Lake Charles were evacuees from Texas. "I guess we're really lucky," he said.
Doctors were forced to improvise when there was no brain surgeon.
After working for days during the storm at Lyndon B Johnson Hospital northeast of Houston, Dr. Vladimir Melnikov finally came out on his bike on a dry wind on Wednesday afternoon. The memories of the previous days were fresh in his mind.
"We were on this island, a hospital surrounded by water everywhere," he said.
A patient injured in a motorcycle accident was bleeding into his brain on Sunday night. He needed urgent brain surgery but there was no neurosurgeon to do it and no way to transfer the patient.
After consulting the patient's family and talking with neurosurgeons over the phone, Dr. Erik P. Askenasy, a colon and rectum surgeon, opened the man's skull to relieve the pressure And remove a blood clot.
Dr. Melnikov, an anesthetist, monitored the patient and observed that the surgeon "did so elegantly" that no blood transfusion was required. When the wind was extinguished, the patient was transferred to another hospital for continuing care.
Dr. Askenasy "was trapped with us in this small hospital, and he was orthodox surgeon, neurosurgeon and general surgeon, because we did not have any relief," said Dr. Melkinov .
"We just worked non-stop," he added. "Very skilled and truly devoted and courageous people were in the right positions."
A man goes into the water to look for his dog.
Jose Machado, 37, auto mechanic, swept the flotilla of a child around his chest and entered the dark water on Tuesday
. He had come with his wife and cousins to the east of Houston, an industrial part of the city filled with mechanical shops and landfills, as well as many working class immigrant homes. "We are here for his dog," said Marisela Arevalo, 25, his wife.
They were part of a crowd of people formed by a stretch of flooded highway. Some of them were residents who had come to see if they could reach flooded houses to recover some property. The place smothered with gasoline, and an alarm from the crossing train refused to stop stopping for hours.
Mrs. Arevalo said that their house had been flooded up to their knees, and they had to leave without their dog, Camilo. "He left it there," she said, pointing to Mr. Machado's mechanical shop, "at the top of a trailer."
Sir. Machado crossed the water, and almost disappeared to the horizon. An hour later he returned, shivering, his blue lips. "The current was too strong," he said, head down. He could not reach the store. Camilo, it seemed, would not be saved.
Fixed: August 30, 2017
An earlier version of this article missing the first name of a man in the east Of Houston who was looking for his dog. He is called José Machado, not Juan. The error was repeated in a caption of the photo.