Almost a week after making landfall, Harvey is still active and it’s wreaking havoc in coastal regions along the Gulf of Mexico, such as Texas and Louisiana.
The lack of water forced Baptist Beaumont Hospital to bring in ambulances and helicopters to move patients to other facilities, including some who had already been removed from flooded nursing homes.
“Our worst fears have been realized”, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told a press conference, confirming all six bodies had been found inside the van.
The storm had transformed roads into rivers in America’s fourth-largest city, driving more than 8,000 people into emergency shelters.
Authorities in Texas’s most populous city and energy hub, Houston, have imposed a nighttime curfew.
For the first time since the weekend, authorities said, the flooding in Houston is slowly receding in some areas.
“The economy in Texas is also going to be devastated and so for the Red Cross to come and reinvest in the economy, it’s going to make such a terrific difference”, Hayward said.
On Thursday, Turner said two parts of the city are still facing “major flooding challenges” – in the Kingwood area in northeastern Houston and in western Houston.
“We need to recognise it will be a new normal, a new and different normal for this entire region”, he said. Done said the reason may be that Harvey’s surge is keeping up pressure on bodies of water, preventing runoff. It may take days for Houston’s flood waters, which have spilled over dams and pushed levees to their limits, to recede, officials said. Thousands of emergency rescue team officials have continuously been on their toes, helping people affected by the catastrophic deluge, which President Donald Trump has called “epic” during a visit to the state yesterday.
“There’s a lot of babies and elderly that are stuck in their homes right now”. While city officials said little about plans to restore water service, a spokeswoman for ExxonMobil, which has a refinery and chemical plants in Beaumont, said Friday that the company helped install a temporary intake pipe to the city’s treatment plant. But the take-away is that if climate change is probably contributing to more powerful hurricanes, then we can do something about it.
Harvey came ashore as a Category 4 storm – the most fearsome hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast since Katrina. The storm was expected to head northeast, weakening over time to become a tropical depression by Wednesday night.
– At 10 am CDT Thursday, the hurricane center forecast that Harvey would be a major hurricane with 115 miles per hour winds when it approaches the middle Texas coast, warning in capital letters: “LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE AND FRESHWATER FLOODING EXPECTED”. Depending on the area hit and the strength of each of these factors, the damage – and lives lost – can vary greatly.
New Orleans appeared to be receiving a lucky break by not being in the direct path of the storm. “Some sunshine. I’m exhausted of the darkness”, Rideaux said.
A natural disaster of this magnitude is a stark and harrowing reminder of the power of nature and the fact that disaster can strike at anytime, anywhere, and affects us all.
In addition to oil and gas producers, Texas is home to defense contractors, computer components makers, manufacturing and a sprawling agricultural sector.
Harvey’s floodwaters began to drop across much of the Houston area and the sun peeked through thinning clouds Wednesday in the biggest glimmer of hope in days for the besieged city.
The Coast Guard has deployed about 50 aircraft and two dozen boats, but the overall rescue effort, involving other military branches and state police, easily tops more than 100 aircraft.
Certainly, there are many lessons to be learned from Harvey over the next few weeks, months and years.