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Raskin warns the next stop for Cassidy-Graham bill could be the House

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The Montgomery County congressman spoke at a pro-Medicaid forum in Silver Spring.

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www.theguardian.com: Houston mayor imposes curfew after tropical storm Harvey – as it happened

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At least 18 confirmed dead, including police officer Steve Perez, as flooding from former Hurricane Harvey devastates Texas and storm heads to Louisiana


The number one thing after talking to him just a little bit ago that he wanted to reinforce from today was that this is all about people, making sure that we are taking care of the people of Texas – that is his number one priority.


Kevin Vitto only moved to Houston in February. What he did not realise until Harvey struck is that his family’s apartment in a smart new complex backs onto a reservoir with a dam that feeds a bayou.
Levels rose to record highs on Tuesday. As officials struggled to manage both deliberate and uncontrolled water releases from the Barker and Addicks dams, more neighbourhoods flooded in an already badly-hit area about 20 miles west of downtown.


Tropical storm Harvey is due to make landfall again on Wednesday – this time it is Louisiana, rather than Texas, that is set to bear the brunt.
The state has already had some localised flooding thanks to Harvey, but meteorologists predict further flooding as the storm dumps rain across the region.


Singapore’s defence ministry has said its military helicopters will assist in rescue efforts from Wednesday.
Its four CH-47 Chinooks are based in Texas, at Grand Prairie, and Singaporean air force personnel are trained there.


There is a new threat to the millions of people in Texas affected by: large “rafts” of fire ants that have been spotted floating in floodwaters.
Displaced by record flooding, the insects have responded by creating rafts built on top of dead ants to stay on the top of water and keep dry.

Pro tip: Don't touch the floating fire ant colonies. They will ruin your day.


With the George R Brown convention center already sheltering twice its original capacity, Houston officials have begun directing evacuees to the NRG Center, which has room for 10,000 people.
It’s now past midnight local time, but Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said residents seeking shelter would be exempt from the nighttime curfew that runs until 5am.

People are beggining to enter NRG Center holding trash bags with their belongings inside.


One-fifth of US oil refineries – including the country’s largest crude oil refinery – have been shut down as a result of Harvey.
On Tuesday night, Motiva Enterprises’ plant in Port Arthur, Texas, the largest in the US, was closing due to flooding, Reuters reported. The plant produces 603,000 barrels a day.


The official death toll from Harvey has risen to 18 – although with many people still unaccounted for, it could be a while before authorities have a reliable figure.
On Tuesday night, the Harris county institute of forensic sciences said it had identified three more victims: Agnes Stanley, 89, who was found in floodwater in a home; Travis Lynn Callihan, 45, who died after leaving his vehicle in high waters; and an unnamed 76-year-old woman, who died in waters around her vehicle.


Texas woman Arlene Kelsch posted video of a startling sight in the wake of Hurricane Harvey – two alligators swimming in her backyard.
The reptiles managed to get into the backyard after flooding inundated the neighbourhood, submerging the garden fence.


Following stinging criticism, a Houston megachurch – with capacity for 16,000 people – has reversed its decision not to house people seeking shelter from Harvey.
Televangelist Joel Osteen opened Lakewood Church on Tuesday, saying:
Houstonians, Texans, are generous people, gracious people. We like to help others in need. That’s what you’re seeing here today people stepping up and you know and helping these people that have been displaced.
You can’t change your life because of Twitter haters. You need to do what you need to do.


that two reservoirs could overspill, threatening surrounding communities with more flooding, seem to be receding.
An update on Tuesday evening from the US Army Corps of Engineers said water levels in the Addicks and Baker reservoirs are now not expected to rise as high as was forecast.


This animation from the National Weather Service shows the path of Harvey over five days – and the incredible amount of rainfall it unleashed:

Radar animation of now extends a little more than 5 days long. Amazing and scary to watch this engine churn out all that rain.


Another person has been confirmed to have died in the flooding.
Beaumont police said a woman spotted floating in the water with her young daughter has died. The girl survived, but has hypothermia and is being treated in hospital.


With 10,000 evacuees sheltering at the George R Brown convention center – originally set up with a capacity of 5,000 people – new hubs are opening to take in those forced to leave their homes.
Residents are still asked to check in at the GRB, but some will now be forwarded to shelter at the Toyota Center, usually home to the NBA’s Houston Rockets.


Although it is one of the world’s widest motorways – eight lanes in each direction in places, with an extra four lanes on each side of a parallel frontage road – the I-10 Katy Freeway resembles a giant parking lot during rush hours.
As the sun set on Tuesday, it really was a parking lot: military vehicles, civilian pick-up trucks towing boats and TV news vans stopped near the severely flooded exit for Eldridge Parkway at the heart of the Energy Corridor district, 20 miles west of downtown Houston, where oil majors ConocoPhillips, Shell and BP America have big corporate offices.

Hershel and Anton came from Austin to rescue Houstonians by boat


This view over Buffalo bayou from Memorial Heights in Houston – before and after Harvey struck – shows how the flooding has transformed the landscape.


More than 13,000 people have now been rescued by local and federal agencies in the Houston area and across southeastern Texas.
Some 4,100 of those were rescued by Houston police, chief Art Acevedo said; and more than 3,000 were picked up by Houston firefighters.


White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, speaking to reporters on Air Force One after , said Donald Trump would be returning to the storm-hit zone at the weekend:
We are definitely going back to Texas on Saturday and possibly Louisiana on Saturday as well, depending on the weather conditions there.
We’ll go back into a different part of the state, to have a chance to see some of the areas we were not able to today.
I think that is something they are still working through, she said, what the best mechanism is possible …
We are still working through that process, I think the first thing is to determine how much they need, what the need is, and then develop the best process and plan for them.
I think some of the preliminary reports indicate that it could be … We still don’t know the full extent of the damage, but we certainly note it’s record level of flooding, an epic storm, and there is certainly going to be a lot of rebuilding and recovery.
It [is] potentially the largest we’ve ever seen.
The number one thing after talking to him just a little bit ago that he wanted to reenforce from today was that this is all about people, making sure that we are taking care of the people of Texas – that is his number one priority.


The forecast for Wednesday promises some relief for Texas – if not for its neighbours – Associated Press reports:
Harvey will spend much of Wednesday dropping rain on Louisiana before moving on to Arkansas, Tennessee and parts of Missouri, which could also see flooding.
When Harvey returns to land on Wednesday, “it’s the end of the beginning,” National Hurricane Center meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said.


A number of Americans both close to Texas and far away from it would like to help those suffering in the wake of catastrophic tropical storm Harvey. The US government has warned people to be careful when choosing recipients for donations and to be cautious of potential charity scams or email hacks and “”.
The Federal Trade Commission has issued for the public under the topic “wise giving in the wake of Hurricane Harvey”. Their tips include: “Don’t assume that charity messages posted on social media are legitimate.”


In a swift tweak, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner now says the curfew will begin at midnight, rather than 10pm, “to allow volunteers and others to do their great work”.
The curfew will still run until 5am.


At least are confirmed to have died in the storm, including ; Ruben Jordan, a retired high school ; and 83-year-old .
Harris county has now confirmed that Alexander Kwoksum Sung, who was 64, is among the dead. He drowned at a Houston clock repair business on Sunday, and his body was found on Monday.


Here’s more from Houston mayor Sylvester Turner on that city-wide curfew – clarifying that those seeking shelter are exempted from the restrictions:

Imposing curfew from 10 pm to 5 am to stop any property crimes against evacuated homes in city limits.

Curfew was used after Hurricane Ike. Prevented burglaries, looting.

Curfew exempts flood relief volunteers, those seeking shelter, first responders, and those going to and from work.

Curfew in force only to prevent potential criminal acts.


This is Claire Phipps picking up the live blog as evening falls in Texas.
It’s currently 7.15pm local time, and Houston mayor Sylvester Turner has announced a curfew running from 10pm to 5am “to ensure public safety”. Turner said there was no reason for residents to be on the streets between those hours.


An 83-year-old woman died after her vehicle was caught in a flood in Walker county, north of Houston, the Associated Press is reporting. State troopers checking on road conditions early Tuesday morning discovered Ola Mae Crooks’ vehicle and located her body. From the AP:
Sgt Steven McNeil with the Texas Department of Public Safety tells the Huntsville Item newspaper that a preliminary investigation indicates Crooks drowned when her car was swept off a farm-to-market road at the San Jacinto River near her home. McNeil says it appears Crooks was trying to cross the bridge and the swift water carried her vehicle off the road and into the flood waters.


The Clear Creek independent school district has the death of a , Ruben Jordan:
Our hearts go out to the Jordan family with the news of Coach Jordan’s passing. He was a beloved coach, coworker and friend at Clear Creek High School, in CCISD and in the community for many years. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Hurricane Harvey fatality: Ruben Jordan, longtime Clear Creek High School track coach. via


Reporters in the Houston area are tweeting that they are seeing blue skies for the first time in days.

I have never been so happy to see blue sky.

And then there was blue sky... an incredible sight for a city with sore eyes.

Photo sent in by exec producer Amy Alvarez. Blue skies near her home in Katy. It's been a long time since we've seen that

FINALLY! Blue skies in Katy, TX. Also seeing the sun slowly peek out at in SW Houston.


First lady Melania Trump has released a statement on Harvey saying she wants to offer support “not through just words, but also action”. Earlier in the day, the president’s campaign committee encouraged people to to charities, though it’s if Trump has made any personal donations. Here’s the first lady’s full statement:
The effects of Hurricane Harvey will be felt in Texas, Louisiana, and other parts of the country for many months and years to come. So far, 1.7 million people are under orders to evacuate their homes, and, as the floodwater in Houston rises, sadly, so will the number of evacuees.
I want to be able to offer my help and support in the most productive way possible, not through just words, but also action. What I found to be the most profound during the visit was not only the strength and resilience of the people of Texas, but the compassion and sense of community that has taken over the State. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Texas and Louisiana.


Harvey continues to break records, according to the National Weather Service:

Update to the rainfall record: 51.88" has been reported at Cedar Bayou and FM-1942 as of 3:40 PM CDT today

Now: More than 355 sq mi in Harris County covered by water. That's:
-Bigger than 15x Manhattan
-Bigger than 7x SF


This is Sam Levin picking up the live blog as the rescues and flash flood warnings continue in Texas. The ongoing storm has caused a storage tank roof to collapse at ExxonMobil’s large oil refining and chemical campus, the Houston Chronicle is .
The damage in Baytown, a city just east of Houston, has affected the second-largest oil refinery in the country. The company acknowledged that the Harvey damage caused the release of hazardous pollutants in new regulatory filings with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, according to the :
The company said in the filings that a floating roof covering a tank at ExxonMobil’s Baytown oil refinery sank in heavy rains, dipping below the surface of oil or other material stored there and causing unusually high emissions, especially of volatile organic compounds, a category of regulated chemicals.

Harvey causes roof collapse at Exxon Mobil's Baytown complex.


Is there a link between the storm and climate change?
Almost certainly, according to a issued by the World Meteorological Organization on Tuesday. “Climate change means that when we do have an event like Harvey, the rainfall amounts are likely to be higher than they would have been otherwise,” the UN organisation’s spokeswoman Clare Nullis told a conference.


According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website, Both Houston airports will reopen on Wednesday.


ICYMI: Houston-area fire ant colonies are assembling ad-hoc flotillas on the bodies of their dead comrades to survive the flooding. Another, almost comically unpleasant obstacle for residents to be mindful of as they trudge through floodwaters to higher ground.

Pro tip: Don't touch the floating fire ant colonies. They will ruin your day.


Texas Tough: In a press release Tuesday, The Harris County District Attorney has promised harsher penalties for criminals trying to take advantage of the flood.
“People displaced or harmed in this storm are not going to be easy prey,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
“Anyone who tries to take advantage of this storm to break into homes or businesses should know that they are going to feel the full weight of the law,” she said. “Offenders will be processed around the clock without delay.”


Houston police chief Art Acevedo confirmed that Houston police Sgt Steve Perez, a 34-year veteran of the department, died in his patrol car Monday night while trying to make it in to a station.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the tragic in the line of duty death of Sergeant Steve Perez.


A brief moment of levity as CNN anchor mistakes what was likely liquor, for a bottle of drinking water.

"I'm not sure that's a water bottle..."


A report from Trump’s visit in Corpus Christi:
Impromptu, Trump came out of the Annaville Fire House, where he had been meeting governor Abbott and other Texas officials.


Harvey now officially holds the US record for most total rainfall from a tropical system, and it hasn’t left the area yet.

The record for total rainfall from a tropical system has been BROKEN! Mary's Creek at Winding Road recorded 49.20", previous record is 48".

The city of Houston reassuring people that they will not be asking for immigration papers at the shelters
CNN reporters in Houston have spoken with multiple residents in evacuation zones who said they were avoiding shelters for exactly this reason.


The US National Weather Service tracks the heights of rivers and designates the point at which they are considered to be flooding. Measurements for Texas on Tuesday morning showed levels in some areas around Houston to be 25ft above “flood” level.

Houston officials say they're aware of a report of a police officer drowning in his patrol car as he was driving to work.


Trump keeps it brief and general in first remarks to press and Texas officials in Corpus Christi.


We want him to see and understand the enormous challenges that Texans have faced, and the need for the aid that he is providing. He’s a champion of Texas and champion of helping us rebuild and I think we’ll hear that commitment.”


Donald and Melania Trump just touched down moments ago in Corpus Christi. He’s expected to address the press shortly.


We expect everyone to be orderly and well behaved. We are not going to tolerate any activity that’s criminal in nature or that is disruptive.
If there’s anything that makes it even uncomfortable in terms of any sort criminal activity or bad behavior... those people will not be welcome at the shelters.”


More from the Houston presser:
The city’s north-east water plant continues to operate despite being inundated yesterday and the water “is safe” according to officials.


Houston police chief Art Acevedo now addressing reporters and focuses in on handful of looters and armed robbers taking advantage of the chaos. “This is Texas” he said, promising no leniency for criminal behavior.
Acevedo said his officer are sleeping in their stations and “will not be going home” until they are out of response mode, likely for another few days.


Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, is now giving a morning update.
“Yesterday the focus was on rescue and today the focus will continue to be about rescue,” he said.


In a press conference from Washington DC, Maj Gen James Witham, director of domestic operations for the National Guard bureau said the unusually long duration of Harvey’s direct impact is changing the way his team approaches their efforts.
Normally we plan response for that first 72 hours, 96 hours, weather passes and then we’re really into a recovery mode. We will be doing live saving and life sustaining efforts for a much longer period due to the nature of this storm.”


It’s the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast, and as Harvey tracks back north-east, southern Louisiana is at risk once again.

We're monitoring the developing heavy rain threat across south Louisiana late tonight into early Tues morning with .

I am recommending that everyone stay home tom. out of an abundance of caution. Please stay off of the roads tomorrow.


In Montgomery County, which is north of Houston, officials there are warning residents that they to block off all the roads that are impassible.
We are out of high water barricades. Do not take it for granted that if there isn’t a barricade that the road is safe to drive over. Motorists should use extreme caution when driving as some flooded or damaged roads may not be barricaded until we can secure more barricades. Flowing water on roadways can easily sweep a vehicle off the road. If you can stay at home, please do, do not drive unless you absolutely must. Please do not go out sightseeing. Turn around Don’t Drown.”


A troubling update from Brazoria County which sits due south of Houston. Most of the area has been under a mandatory evacuation order since Sunday.


Photo taken by a deputy of the Williamson County, Texas Sheriff’s office who traveled to Houston to assist local efforts.

The total loss our team is seeing is indescribable. Pitching tents on roofs.


Jamiles Lartey here, taking over from Nadia.
Flood control officials in Houston are reporting that water levels behind the Addicks dam have and floodwater is beginning to spill over. Addicks is one of two dammed Houston reservoirs that officials have feared could begin spilling into Buffalo Bayou, the river that runs through the city, further inundating the surrounding areas.


Donald Trump has tweeted that he is on his way to Texas. The president is due to visit Corpus Christi and Austin.

Leaving now for Texas!


Disney has announced a day of programming on Thursday in support of the Red Cross’s Harvey relief efforts.

., announce Day of Giving on Thursday, devoting programming across all platforms in support of Red Cross’ relief efforts


With reports indicating that more than 9,000 people sheltered at Houston convention center last night, many without beds, more areas of shelter have become a necessity.
Televangelist Joel Osteen faced criticism for not opening his massive Lakewood Church as a storm shelter, but he has now said the megachurch has “never” closed its doors to people seeking shelter.


If you live near a creek or bayou, you can keep tabs on water levels through a series of online tools.
The helps you monitor the situation near you in real-time.


The Guardian’s has met some of the volunteers helping flooded Houston communities.


We’ve been hearing from s about the impact of tropical storm Harvey. If it’s safe for you to do so, share your story, including pictures and video if you have them, by clicking on the GuardianWitness contribute buttons above, or via the form . This helps us build a better picture of the full impact of the storm.
Your safety is most important. Do not take any risks when recording or sharing your story


Experts say it could take Houston years to fully recover from Harvey. Read our news story here:


As slowly over the Gulf coast, catastrophic flooding has forced tens of thousands from their homes in and near Houston. And with the storm moving into Louisiana, officials only expect the number of people whose lives are upended by it to increase.
An issued by Trump earlier this month revoked an Obama-era directive that had established flood-risk standards for federally funded infrastructure projects built in areas prone to flooding or subject to the effects of sea-level rise – like many of those now sinking in Texas.


In Houston, questions remain about why the mayor did not issue an evacuation order.
Sylvester Turner has defended his decision, insisting that a mass evacuation of millions of people by car was a greater risk than enduring the storm. He said on Monday:
Both the county judge and I sat down together and decided that we were not in direct path of the storm, of the hurricane, and the safest thing to do was for people to stay put, make the necessary preparations.
I have no doubt that the decision we made was the right decision. Can you imagine if millions of people had left the city of Houston and then tried to come back in right now?


Crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls have had little time to search for other potential victims of Hurricane Harvey, but officials believe the number of fatalities could soar once the floodwaters recede.
“We know in these kind of events that, sadly, the death toll goes up historically,” Houston police chief Art Acevedo told the Associated Press (AP). “I’m really worried about how many bodies we’re going to find.”


Welcome to our ongoing live coverage of the catastrophic floods in Texas, where nine people are confirmed dead and conditions are forecast to worsen.
Donald Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, are due to visit Corpus Christi and Austin on Tuesday, but not the worst hit area – Houston – over fears that the trip could hamper relief efforts.

www.theguardian.com: Tropical storm Harvey: Houston mayor imposes curfew – as it happened

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At least 18 confirmed dead, including police officer Steve Perez, as flooding from former Hurricane Harvey devastates Texas and storm heads to Louisiana


    The number one thing after talking to him just a little bit ago that he wanted to reinforce from today was that this is all about people, making sure that we are taking care of the people of Texas – that is his number one priority.


    Kevin Vitto only moved to Houston in February. What he did not realise until Harvey struck is that his family’s apartment in a smart new complex backs onto a reservoir with a dam that feeds a bayou.
    Levels rose to record highs on Tuesday. As officials struggled to manage both deliberate and uncontrolled water releases from the Barker and Addicks dams, more neighbourhoods flooded in an already badly-hit area about 20 miles west of downtown.


    Tropical storm Harvey is due to make landfall again on Wednesday – this time it is Louisiana, rather than Texas, that is set to bear the brunt.
    The state has already had some localised flooding thanks to Harvey, but meteorologists predict further flooding as the storm dumps rain across the region.


    Singapore’s defence ministry has said its military helicopters will assist in rescue efforts from Wednesday.
    Its four CH-47 Chinooks are based in Texas, at Grand Prairie, and Singaporean air force personnel are trained there.


    There is a new threat to the millions of people in Texas affected by: large “rafts” of fire ants that have been spotted floating in floodwaters.
    Displaced by record flooding, the insects have responded by creating rafts built on top of dead ants to stay on the top of water and keep dry.

    Pro tip: Don't touch the floating fire ant colonies. They will ruin your day.


    With the George R Brown convention center already sheltering twice its original capacity, Houston officials have begun directing evacuees to the NRG Center, which has room for 10,000 people.
    It’s now past midnight local time, but Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said residents seeking shelter would be exempt from the nighttime curfew that runs until 5am.

    People are beggining to enter NRG Center holding trash bags with their belongings inside.


    One-fifth of US oil refineries – including the country’s largest crude oil refinery – have been shut down as a result of Harvey.
    On Tuesday night, Motiva Enterprises’ plant in Port Arthur, Texas, the largest in the US, was closing due to flooding, Reuters reported. The plant produces 603,000 barrels a day.


    The official death toll from Harvey has risen to 18 – although with many people still unaccounted for, it could be a while before authorities have a reliable figure.
    On Tuesday night, the Harris county institute of forensic sciences said it had identified three more victims: Agnes Stanley, 89, who was found in floodwater in a home; Travis Lynn Callihan, 45, who died after leaving his vehicle in high waters; and an unnamed 76-year-old woman, who died in waters around her vehicle.


    Texas woman Arlene Kelsch posted video of a startling sight in the wake of Hurricane Harvey – two alligators swimming in her backyard.
    The reptiles managed to get into the backyard after flooding inundated the neighbourhood, submerging the garden fence.


    Following stinging criticism, a Houston megachurch – with capacity for 16,000 people – has reversed its decision not to house people seeking shelter from Harvey.
    Televangelist Joel Osteen opened Lakewood Church on Tuesday, saying:
    Houstonians, Texans, are generous people, gracious people. We like to help others in need. That’s what you’re seeing here today people stepping up and you know and helping these people that have been displaced.
    You can’t change your life because of Twitter haters. You need to do what you need to do.


    that two reservoirs could overspill, threatening surrounding communities with more flooding, seem to be receding.
    An update on Tuesday evening from the US Army Corps of Engineers said water levels in the Addicks and Baker reservoirs are now not expected to rise as high as was forecast.


    This animation from the National Weather Service shows the path of Harvey over five days – and the incredible amount of rainfall it unleashed:

    Radar animation of now extends a little more than 5 days long. Amazing and scary to watch this engine churn out all that rain.


    Another person has been confirmed to have died in the flooding.
    Beaumont police said a woman spotted floating in the water with her young daughter has died. The girl survived, but has hypothermia and is being treated in hospital.


    With 10,000 evacuees sheltering at the George R Brown convention center – originally set up with a capacity of 5,000 people – new hubs are opening to take in those forced to leave their homes.
    Residents are still asked to check in at the GRB, but some will now be forwarded to shelter at the Toyota Center, usually home to the NBA’s Houston Rockets.


    Although it is one of the world’s widest motorways – eight lanes in each direction in places, with an extra four lanes on each side of a parallel frontage road – the I-10 Katy Freeway resembles a giant parking lot during rush hours.
    As the sun set on Tuesday, it really was a parking lot: military vehicles, civilian pick-up trucks towing boats and TV news vans stopped near the severely flooded exit for Eldridge Parkway at the heart of the Energy Corridor district, 20 miles west of downtown Houston, where oil majors ConocoPhillips, Shell and BP America have big corporate offices.

    Hershel and Anton came from Austin to rescue Houstonians by boat


    This view over Buffalo bayou from Memorial Heights in Houston – before and after Harvey struck – shows how the flooding has transformed the landscape.


    More than 13,000 people have now been rescued by local and federal agencies in the Houston area and across southeastern Texas.
    Some 4,100 of those were rescued by Houston police, chief Art Acevedo said; and more than 3,000 were picked up by Houston firefighters.


    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, speaking to reporters on Air Force One after , said Donald Trump would be returning to the storm-hit zone at the weekend:
    We are definitely going back to Texas on Saturday and possibly Louisiana on Saturday as well, depending on the weather conditions there.
    We’ll go back into a different part of the state, to have a chance to see some of the areas we were not able to today.
    I think that is something they are still working through, she said, what the best mechanism is possible …
    We are still working through that process, I think the first thing is to determine how much they need, what the need is, and then develop the best process and plan for them.
    I think some of the preliminary reports indicate that it could be … We still don’t know the full extent of the damage, but we certainly note it’s record level of flooding, an epic storm, and there is certainly going to be a lot of rebuilding and recovery.
    It [is] potentially the largest we’ve ever seen.
    The number one thing after talking to him just a little bit ago that he wanted to reenforce from today was that this is all about people, making sure that we are taking care of the people of Texas – that is his number one priority.


    The forecast for Wednesday promises some relief for Texas – if not for its neighbours – Associated Press reports:
    Harvey will spend much of Wednesday dropping rain on Louisiana before moving on to Arkansas, Tennessee and parts of Missouri, which could also see flooding.
    When Harvey returns to land on Wednesday, “it’s the end of the beginning,” National Hurricane Center meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said.


    A number of Americans both close to Texas and far away from it would like to help those suffering in the wake of catastrophic tropical storm Harvey. The US government has warned people to be careful when choosing recipients for donations and to be cautious of potential charity scams or email hacks and “”.
    The Federal Trade Commission has issued for the public under the topic “wise giving in the wake of Hurricane Harvey”. Their tips include: “Don’t assume that charity messages posted on social media are legitimate.”


    In a swift tweak, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner now says the curfew will begin at midnight, rather than 10pm, “to allow volunteers and others to do their great work”.
    The curfew will still run until 5am.


    At least are confirmed to have died in the storm, including ; Ruben Jordan, a retired high school ; and 83-year-old .
    Harris county has now confirmed that Alexander Kwoksum Sung, who was 64, is among the dead. He drowned at a Houston clock repair business on Sunday, and his body was found on Monday.


    Here’s more from Houston mayor Sylvester Turner on that city-wide curfew – clarifying that those seeking shelter are exempted from the restrictions:

    Imposing curfew from 10 pm to 5 am to stop any property crimes against evacuated homes in city limits.

    Curfew was used after Hurricane Ike. Prevented burglaries, looting.

    Curfew exempts flood relief volunteers, those seeking shelter, first responders, and those going to and from work.

    Curfew in force only to prevent potential criminal acts.


    This is Claire Phipps picking up the live blog as evening falls in Texas.
    It’s currently 7.15pm local time, and Houston mayor Sylvester Turner has announced a curfew running from 10pm to 5am “to ensure public safety”. Turner said there was no reason for residents to be on the streets between those hours.


    An 83-year-old woman died after her vehicle was caught in a flood in Walker county, north of Houston, the Associated Press is reporting. State troopers checking on road conditions early Tuesday morning discovered Ola Mae Crooks’ vehicle and located her body. From the AP:
    Sgt Steven McNeil with the Texas Department of Public Safety tells the Huntsville Item newspaper that a preliminary investigation indicates Crooks drowned when her car was swept off a farm-to-market road at the San Jacinto River near her home. McNeil says it appears Crooks was trying to cross the bridge and the swift water carried her vehicle off the road and into the flood waters.


    The Clear Creek independent school district has the death of a , Ruben Jordan:
    Our hearts go out to the Jordan family with the news of Coach Jordan’s passing. He was a beloved coach, coworker and friend at Clear Creek High School, in CCISD and in the community for many years. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

    Hurricane Harvey fatality: Ruben Jordan, longtime Clear Creek High School track coach. via


    Reporters in the Houston area are tweeting that they are seeing blue skies for the first time in days.

    I have never been so happy to see blue sky.

    And then there was blue sky... an incredible sight for a city with sore eyes.

    Photo sent in by exec producer Amy Alvarez. Blue skies near her home in Katy. It's been a long time since we've seen that

    FINALLY! Blue skies in Katy, TX. Also seeing the sun slowly peek out at in SW Houston.


    First lady Melania Trump has released a statement on Harvey saying she wants to offer support “not through just words, but also action”. Earlier in the day, the president’s campaign committee encouraged people to to charities, though it’s if Trump has made any personal donations. Here’s the first lady’s full statement:
    The effects of Hurricane Harvey will be felt in Texas, Louisiana, and other parts of the country for many months and years to come. So far, 1.7 million people are under orders to evacuate their homes, and, as the floodwater in Houston rises, sadly, so will the number of evacuees.
    I want to be able to offer my help and support in the most productive way possible, not through just words, but also action. What I found to be the most profound during the visit was not only the strength and resilience of the people of Texas, but the compassion and sense of community that has taken over the State. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Texas and Louisiana.


    Harvey continues to break records, according to the National Weather Service:

    Update to the rainfall record: 51.88" has been reported at Cedar Bayou and FM-1942 as of 3:40 PM CDT today

    Now: More than 355 sq mi in Harris County covered by water. That's:
    -Bigger than 15x Manhattan
    -Bigger than 7x SF


    This is Sam Levin picking up the live blog as the rescues and flash flood warnings continue in Texas. The ongoing storm has caused a storage tank roof to collapse at ExxonMobil’s large oil refining and chemical campus, the Houston Chronicle is .
    The damage in Baytown, a city just east of Houston, has affected the second-largest oil refinery in the country. The company acknowledged that the Harvey damage caused the release of hazardous pollutants in new regulatory filings with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, according to the :
    The company said in the filings that a floating roof covering a tank at ExxonMobil’s Baytown oil refinery sank in heavy rains, dipping below the surface of oil or other material stored there and causing unusually high emissions, especially of volatile organic compounds, a category of regulated chemicals.

    Harvey causes roof collapse at Exxon Mobil's Baytown complex.


    Is there a link between the storm and climate change?
    Almost certainly, according to a issued by the World Meteorological Organization on Tuesday. “Climate change means that when we do have an event like Harvey, the rainfall amounts are likely to be higher than they would have been otherwise,” the UN organisation’s spokeswoman Clare Nullis told a conference.


    According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website, Both Houston airports will reopen on Wednesday.


    ICYMI: Houston-area fire ant colonies are assembling ad-hoc flotillas on the bodies of their dead comrades to survive the flooding. Another, almost comically unpleasant obstacle for residents to be mindful of as they trudge through floodwaters to higher ground.

    Pro tip: Don't touch the floating fire ant colonies. They will ruin your day.


    Texas Tough: In a press release Tuesday, The Harris County District Attorney has promised harsher penalties for criminals trying to take advantage of the flood.
    “People displaced or harmed in this storm are not going to be easy prey,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
    “Anyone who tries to take advantage of this storm to break into homes or businesses should know that they are going to feel the full weight of the law,” she said. “Offenders will be processed around the clock without delay.”


    Houston police chief Art Acevedo confirmed that Houston police Sgt Steve Perez, a 34-year veteran of the department, died in his patrol car Monday night while trying to make it in to a station.

    It is with a heavy heart that we announce the tragic in the line of duty death of Sergeant Steve Perez.


    A brief moment of levity as CNN anchor mistakes what was likely liquor, for a bottle of drinking water.

    "I'm not sure that's a water bottle..."


    A report from Trump’s visit in Corpus Christi:
    Impromptu, Trump came out of the Annaville Fire House, where he had been meeting governor Abbott and other Texas officials.


    Harvey now officially holds the US record for most total rainfall from a tropical system, and it hasn’t left the area yet.

    The record for total rainfall from a tropical system has been BROKEN! Mary's Creek at Winding Road recorded 49.20", previous record is 48".

    The city of Houston reassuring people that they will not be asking for immigration papers at the shelters
    CNN reporters in Houston have spoken with multiple residents in evacuation zones who said they were avoiding shelters for exactly this reason.


    The US National Weather Service tracks the heights of rivers and designates the point at which they are considered to be flooding. Measurements for Texas on Tuesday morning showed levels in some areas around Houston to be 25ft above “flood” level.

    Houston officials say they're aware of a report of a police officer drowning in his patrol car as he was driving to work.


    Trump keeps it brief and general in first remarks to press and Texas officials in Corpus Christi.


    We want him to see and understand the enormous challenges that Texans have faced, and the need for the aid that he is providing. He’s a champion of Texas and champion of helping us rebuild and I think we’ll hear that commitment.”


    Donald and Melania Trump just touched down moments ago in Corpus Christi. He’s expected to address the press shortly.


    We expect everyone to be orderly and well behaved. We are not going to tolerate any activity that’s criminal in nature or that is disruptive.
    If there’s anything that makes it even uncomfortable in terms of any sort criminal activity or bad behavior... those people will not be welcome at the shelters.”


    More from the Houston presser:
    The city’s north-east water plant continues to operate despite being inundated yesterday and the water “is safe” according to officials.


    Houston police chief Art Acevedo now addressing reporters and focuses in on handful of looters and armed robbers taking advantage of the chaos. “This is Texas” he said, promising no leniency for criminal behavior.
    Acevedo said his officer are sleeping in their stations and “will not be going home” until they are out of response mode, likely for another few days.


    Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, is now giving a morning update.
    “Yesterday the focus was on rescue and today the focus will continue to be about rescue,” he said.


    In a press conference from Washington DC, Maj Gen James Witham, director of domestic operations for the National Guard bureau said the unusually long duration of Harvey’s direct impact is changing the way his team approaches their efforts.
    Normally we plan response for that first 72 hours, 96 hours, weather passes and then we’re really into a recovery mode. We will be doing live saving and life sustaining efforts for a much longer period due to the nature of this storm.”


    It’s the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast, and as Harvey tracks back north-east, southern Louisiana is at risk once again.

    We're monitoring the developing heavy rain threat across south Louisiana late tonight into early Tues morning with .

    I am recommending that everyone stay home tom. out of an abundance of caution. Please stay off of the roads tomorrow.


    In Montgomery County, which is north of Houston, officials there are warning residents that they to block off all the roads that are impassible.
    We are out of high water barricades. Do not take it for granted that if there isn’t a barricade that the road is safe to drive over. Motorists should use extreme caution when driving as some flooded or damaged roads may not be barricaded until we can secure more barricades. Flowing water on roadways can easily sweep a vehicle off the road. If you can stay at home, please do, do not drive unless you absolutely must. Please do not go out sightseeing. Turn around Don’t Drown.”


    A troubling update from Brazoria County which sits due south of Houston. Most of the area has been under a mandatory evacuation order since Sunday.


    Photo taken by a deputy of the Williamson County, Texas Sheriff’s office who traveled to Houston to assist local efforts.

    The total loss our team is seeing is indescribable. Pitching tents on roofs.


    Jamiles Lartey here, taking over from Nadia.
    Flood control officials in Houston are reporting that water levels behind the Addicks dam have and floodwater is beginning to spill over. Addicks is one of two dammed Houston reservoirs that officials have feared could begin spilling into Buffalo Bayou, the river that runs through the city, further inundating the surrounding areas.


    Donald Trump has tweeted that he is on his way to Texas. The president is due to visit Corpus Christi and Austin.

    Leaving now for Texas!


    Disney has announced a day of programming on Thursday in support of the Red Cross’s Harvey relief efforts.

    ., announce Day of Giving on Thursday, devoting programming across all platforms in support of Red Cross’ relief efforts


    With reports indicating that more than 9,000 people sheltered at Houston convention center last night, many without beds, more areas of shelter have become a necessity.
    Televangelist Joel Osteen faced criticism for not opening his massive Lakewood Church as a storm shelter, but he has now said the megachurch has “never” closed its doors to people seeking shelter.


    If you live near a creek or bayou, you can keep tabs on water levels through a series of online tools.
    The helps you monitor the situation near you in real-time.


    The Guardian’s has met some of the volunteers helping flooded Houston communities.


    We’ve been hearing from s about the impact of tropical storm Harvey. If it’s safe for you to do so, share your story, including pictures and video if you have them, by clicking on the GuardianWitness contribute buttons above, or via the form . This helps us build a better picture of the full impact of the storm.
    Your safety is most important. Do not take any risks when recording or sharing your story


    Experts say it could take Houston years to fully recover from Harvey. Read our news story here:


    As slowly over the Gulf coast, catastrophic flooding has forced tens of thousands from their homes in and near Houston. And with the storm moving into Louisiana, officials only expect the number of people whose lives are upended by it to increase.
    An issued by Trump earlier this month revoked an Obama-era directive that had established flood-risk standards for federally funded infrastructure projects built in areas prone to flooding or subject to the effects of sea-level rise – like many of those now sinking in Texas.


    In Houston, questions remain about why the mayor did not issue an evacuation order.
    Sylvester Turner has defended his decision, insisting that a mass evacuation of millions of people by car was a greater risk than enduring the storm. He said on Monday:
    Both the county judge and I sat down together and decided that we were not in direct path of the storm, of the hurricane, and the safest thing to do was for people to stay put, make the necessary preparations.
    I have no doubt that the decision we made was the right decision. Can you imagine if millions of people had left the city of Houston and then tried to come back in right now?


    Crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls have had little time to search for other potential victims of Hurricane Harvey, but officials believe the number of fatalities could soar once the floodwaters recede.
    “We know in these kind of events that, sadly, the death toll goes up historically,” Houston police chief Art Acevedo told the Associated Press (AP). “I’m really worried about how many bodies we’re going to find.”


    Welcome to our ongoing live coverage of the catastrophic floods in Texas, where nine people are confirmed dead and conditions are forecast to worsen.
    Donald Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, are due to visit Corpus Christi and Austin on Tuesday, but not the worst hit area – Houston – over fears that the trip could hamper relief efforts.

    www.theguardian.com: Tropical storm Harvey: Houston mayor imposes curfew – live

    Added: 30.08.2017 1:19 | 26 views | 0 comments


    Steve Perez, a 34-year veteran of the department, died in his patrol car in a ‘drowning-type event’ while leaving a shift, says the police chief


    This is Claire Phipps picking up the live blog as evening falls in Texas.
    It’s currently 7.15pm local time, and Houston mayor Sylvester Turner has announced a curfew running from 10pm to 5am “to ensure public safety”. Turner said there was no reason for residents to be on the streets between those hours.


    An 83-year-old woman died after her vehicle was caught in a flood in Walker county, north of Houston, the Associated Press is reporting. State troopers checking on road conditions early Tuesday morning discovered Ola Mae Crooks’ vehicle and located her body. From the AP:
    Sgt Steven McNeil with the Texas Department of Public Safety tells the Huntsville Item newspaper that a preliminary investigation indicates Crooks drowned when her car was swept off a farm-to-market road at the San Jacinto River near her home. McNeil says it appears Crooks was trying to cross the bridge and the swift water carried her vehicle off the road and into the flood waters.


    The Clear Creek independent school district has the death of a , Ruben Jordan:
    Our hearts go out to the Jordan family with the news of Coach Jordan’s passing. He was a beloved coach, coworker and friend at Clear Creek High School, in CCISD and in the community for many years. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

    Hurricane Harvey fatality: Ruben Jordan, longtime Clear Creek High School track coach. via


    Reporters in the Houston area are tweeting that they are seeing blue skies for the first time in days.

    I have never been so happy to see blue sky.

    And then there was blue sky... an incredible sight for a city with sore eyes.

    Photo sent in by exec producer Amy Alvarez. Blue skies near her home in Katy. It's been a long time since we've seen that

    FINALLY! Blue skies in Katy, TX. Also seeing the sun slowly peek out at in SW Houston.


    First lady Melania Trump has released a statement on Harvey saying she wants to offer support “not through just words, but also action”. Earlier in the day, the president’s campaign committee encouraged people to to charities, though it’s if Trump has made any personal donations. Here’s the first lady’s full statement:
    The effects of Hurricane Harvey will be felt in Texas, Louisiana, and other parts of the country for many months and years to come. So far, 1.7 million people are under orders to evacuate their homes, and, as the floodwater in Houston rises, sadly, so will the number of evacuees.
    I want to be able to offer my help and support in the most productive way possible, not through just words, but also action. What I found to be the most profound during the visit was not only the strength and resilience of the people of Texas, but the compassion and sense of community that has taken over the State. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Texas and Louisiana.


    Harvey continues to break records, according to the National Weather Service:

    Update to the rainfall record: 51.88" has been reported at Cedar Bayou and FM-1942 as of 3:40 PM CDT today

    Now: More than 355 sq mi in Harris County covered by water. That's:
    -Bigger than 15x Manhattan
    -Bigger than 7x SF


    This is Sam Levin picking up the live blog as the rescues and flash flood warnings continue in Texas. The ongoing storm has caused a storage tank roof to collapse at ExxonMobil’s large oil refining and chemical campus, the Houston Chronicle is .
    The damage in Baytown, a city just east of Houston, has affected the second-largest oil refinery in the country. The company acknowledged that the Harvey damage caused the release of hazardous pollutants in new regulatory filings with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, according to the :
    The company said in the filings that a floating roof covering a tank at ExxonMobil’s Baytown oil refinery sank in heavy rains, dipping below the surface of oil or other material stored there and causing unusually high emissions, especially of volatile organic compounds, a category of regulated chemicals.

    Harvey causes roof collapse at Exxon Mobil's Baytown complex.


    Is there a link between the storm and climate change?
    Almost certainly, according to a issued by the World Meteorological Organization on Tuesday. “Climate change means that when we do have an event like Harvey, the rainfall amounts are likely to be higher than they would have been otherwise,” the UN organisation’s spokeswoman Clare Nullis told a conference.


    According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website, Both Houston airports will reopen on Wednesday.


    ICYMI: Houston-area fire ant colonies are assembling ad-hoc flotillas on the bodies of their dead comrades to survive the flooding. Another, almost comically unpleasant obstacle for residents to be mindful of as they trudge through floodwaters to higher ground.

    Pro tip: Don't touch the floating fire ant colonies. They will ruin your day.


    Texas Tough: In a press release Tuesday, The Harris County District Attorney has promised harsher penalties for criminals trying to take advantage of the flood.
    “People displaced or harmed in this storm are not going to be easy prey,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
    “Anyone who tries to take advantage of this storm to break into homes or businesses should know that they are going to feel the full weight of the law,” she said. “Offenders will be processed around the clock without delay.”


    Houston police chief Art Acevedo confirmed that Houston police Sgt Steve Perez, a 34-year veteran of the department, died in his patrol car Monday night while trying to make it in to a station.

    It is with a heavy heart that we announce the tragic in the line of duty death of Sergeant Steve Perez.


    A brief moment of levity as CNN anchor mistakes what was likely liquor, for a bottle of drinking water.

    "I'm not sure that's a water bottle..."


    A report from Trump’s visit in Corpus Christi:
    Impromptu, Trump came out of the Annaville Fire House, where he had been meeting governor Abbott and other Texas officials.


    Harvey now officially holds the US record for most total rainfall from a tropical system, and it hasn’t left the area yet.

    The record for total rainfall from a tropical system has been BROKEN! Mary's Creek at Winding Road recorded 49.20", previous record is 48".

    The city of Houston reassuring people that they will not be asking for immigration papers at the shelters
    CNN reporters in Houston have spoken with multiple residents in evacuation zones who said they were avoiding shelters for exactly this reason.


    The US National Weather Service tracks the heights of rivers and designates the point at which they are considered to be flooding. Measurements for Texas on Tuesday morning showed levels in some areas around Houston to be 25ft above “flood” level.

    Houston officials say they're aware of a report of a police officer drowning in his patrol car as he was driving to work.


    Trump keeps it brief and general in first remarks to press and Texas officials in Corpus Christi.


    We want him to see and understand the enormous challenges that Texans have faced, and the need for the aid that he is providing. He’s a champion of Texas and champion of helping us rebuild and I think we’ll hear that commitment.”


    Donald and Melania Trump just touched down moments ago in Corpus Christi. He’s expected to address the press shortly.


    We expect everyone to be orderly and well behaved. We are not going to tolerate any activity that’s criminal in nature or that is disruptive.
    If there’s anything that makes it even uncomfortable in terms of any sort criminal activity or bad behavior... those people will not be welcome at the shelters.”


    More from the Houston presser:
    The city’s north-east water plant continues to operate despite being inundated yesterday and the water “is safe” according to officials.


    Houston police chief Art Acevedo now addressing reporters and focuses in on handful of looters and armed robbers taking advantage of the chaos. “This is Texas” he said, promising no leniency for criminal behavior.
    Acevedo said his officer are sleeping in their stations and “will not be going home” until they are out of response mode, likely for another few days.


    Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, is now giving a morning update.
    “Yesterday the focus was on rescue and today the focus will continue to be about rescue,” he said.


    In a press conference from Washington DC, Maj Gen James Witham, director of domestic operations for the National Guard bureau said the unusually long duration of Harvey’s direct impact is changing the way his team approaches their efforts.
    Normally we plan response for that first 72 hours, 96 hours, weather passes and then we’re really into a recovery mode. We will be doing live saving and life sustaining efforts for a much longer period due to the nature of this storm.”


    It’s the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast, and as Harvey tracks back north-east, southern Louisiana is at risk once again.

    We're monitoring the developing heavy rain threat across south Louisiana late tonight into early Tues morning with .

    I am recommending that everyone stay home tom. out of an abundance of caution. Please stay off of the roads tomorrow.


    In Montgomery County, which is north of Houston, officials there are warning residents that they to block off all the roads that are impassible.
    We are out of high water barricades. Do not take it for granted that if there isn’t a barricade that the road is safe to drive over. Motorists should use extreme caution when driving as some flooded or damaged roads may not be barricaded until we can secure more barricades. Flowing water on roadways can easily sweep a vehicle off the road. If you can stay at home, please do, do not drive unless you absolutely must. Please do not go out sightseeing. Turn around Don’t Drown.”


    A troubling update from Brazoria County which sits due south of Houston. Most of the area has been under a mandatory evacuation order since Sunday.


    Photo taken by a deputy of the Williamson County, Texas Sheriff’s office who traveled to Houston to assist local efforts.

    The total loss our team is seeing is indescribable. Pitching tents on roofs.


    Jamiles Lartey here, taking over from Nadia.
    Flood control officials in Houston are reporting that water levels behind the Addicks dam have and floodwater is beginning to spill over. Addicks is one of two dammed Houston reservoirs that officials have feared could begin spilling into Buffalo Bayou, the river that runs through the city, further inundating the surrounding areas.


    Donald Trump has tweeted that he is on his way to Texas. The president is due to visit Corpus Christi and Austin.

    Leaving now for Texas!


    Disney has announced a day of programming on Thursday in support of the Red Cross’s Harvey relief efforts.

    ., announce Day of Giving on Thursday, devoting programming across all platforms in support of Red Cross’ relief efforts


    With reports indicating that more than 9,000 people sheltered at Houston convention center last night, many without beds, more areas of shelter have become a necessity.
    Televangelist Joel Osteen faced criticism for not opening his massive Lakewood Church as a storm shelter, but he has now said the megachurch has “never” closed its doors to people seeking shelter.


    If you live near a creek or bayou, you can keep tabs on water levels through a series of online tools.
    The helps you monitor the situation near you in real-time.


    The Guardian’s has met some of the volunteers helping flooded Houston communities.


    We’ve been hearing from s about the impact of tropical storm Harvey. If it’s safe for you to do so, share your story, including pictures and video if you have them, by clicking on the GuardianWitness contribute buttons above, or via the form . This helps us build a better picture of the full impact of the storm.
    Your safety is most important. Do not take any risks when recording or sharing your story


    Experts say it could take Houston years to fully recover from Harvey. Read our news story here:


    As slowly over the Gulf coast, catastrophic flooding has forced tens of thousands from their homes in and near Houston. And with the storm moving into Louisiana, officials only expect the number of people whose lives are upended by it to increase.
    An issued by Trump earlier this month revoked an Obama-era directive that had established flood-risk standards for federally funded infrastructure projects built in areas prone to flooding or subject to the effects of sea-level rise – like many of those now sinking in Texas.


    In Houston, questions remain about why the mayor did not issue an evacuation order.
    Sylvester Turner has defended his decision, insisting that a mass evacuation of millions of people by car was a greater risk than enduring the storm. He said on Monday:
    Both the county judge and I sat down together and decided that we were not in direct path of the storm, of the hurricane, and the safest thing to do was for people to stay put, make the necessary preparations.
    I have no doubt that the decision we made was the right decision. Can you imagine if millions of people had left the city of Houston and then tried to come back in right now?


    Crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls have had little time to search for other potential victims of Hurricane Harvey, but officials believe the number of fatalities could soar once the floodwaters recede.
    “We know in these kind of events that, sadly, the death toll goes up historically,” Houston police chief Art Acevedo told the Associated Press (AP). “I’m really worried about how many bodies we’re going to find.”


    Welcome to our ongoing live coverage of the catastrophic floods in Texas, where nine people are confirmed dead and conditions are forecast to worsen.
    Donald Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, are due to visit Corpus Christi and Austin on Tuesday, but not the worst hit area – Houston – over fears that the trip could hamper relief efforts.

    www.theguardian.com: Tropical storm Harvey: Houston police confirm death of trapped officer – live

    Added: 29.08.2017 21:23 | 19 views | 0 comments


    Steve Perez, a 34-year veteran of the department, died in his patrol car in a ‘drowning-type event’ while leaving a shift, says the police chief


    ICYMI: Houston-area fire ant colonies are assembling ad-hoc flotillas on the bodies of their dead comrades to survive the flooding. Another, almost comically unpleasant obstacle for residents to be mindful of as they trudge through floodwaters to higher ground.

    Pro tip: Don't touch the floating fire ant colonies. They will ruin your day.


    Texas Tough: In a press release Tuesday, The Harris County District Attorney has promised harsher penalties for criminals trying to take advantage of the flood.
    “People displaced or harmed in this storm are not going to be easy prey,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
    “Anyone who tries to take advantage of this storm to break into homes or businesses should know that they are going to feel the full weight of the law,” she said. “Offenders will be processed around the clock without delay.”


    Houston police chief Art Acevedo confirmed that Houston police Sgt Steve Perez, a 34-year veteran of the department, died in his patrol car Monday night while leaving a shift.


    A brief moment of levity as CNN anchor mistakes what was likely liquor, for a bottle of drinking water.

    "I'm not sure that's a water bottle..."


    A report from Trump’s visit in Corpus Christi:
    Impromptu, Trump came out of the Annaville Fire House, where he had been meeting governor Abbott and other Texas officials.


    Harvey now officially holds the US record for most total rainfall from a tropical system, and it hasn’t left the area yet.

    The record for total rainfall from a tropical system has been BROKEN! Mary's Creek at Winding Road recorded 49.20", previous record is 48".

    The city of Houston reassuring people that they will not be asking for immigration papers at the shelters
    CNN reporters in Houston have spoken with multiple residents in evacuation zones who said they were avoiding shelters for exactly this reason.


    The US National Weather Service tracks the heights of rivers and designates the point at which they are considered to be flooding. Measurements for Texas on Tuesday morning showed levels in some areas around Houston to be 25ft above “flood” level.

    Houston officials say they're aware of a report of a police officer drowning in his patrol car as he was driving to work.


    Trump keeps it brief and general in first remarks to press and Texas officials in Corpus Christi.


    We want him to see and understand the enormous challenges that Texans have faced, and the need for the aid that he is providing. He’s a champion of Texas and champion of helping us rebuild and I think we’ll hear that commitment.”


    Donald and Melania Trump just touched down moments ago in Corpus Christi. He’s expected to address the press shortly.


    We expect everyone to be orderly and well behaved. We are not going to tolerate any activity that’s criminal in nature or that is disruptive.
    If there’s anything that makes it even uncomfortable in terms of any sort criminal activity or bad behavior... those people will not be welcome at the shelters.”


    More from the Houston presser:
    The city’s north-east water plant continues to operate despite being inundated yesterday and the water “is safe” according to officials.


    Houston police chief Art Acevedo now addressing reporters and focuses in on handful of looters and armed robbers taking advantage of the chaos. “This is Texas” he said, promising no leniency for criminal behavior.
    Acevedo said his officer are sleeping in their stations and “will not be going home” until they are out of response mode, likely for another few days.


    Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, is now giving a morning update.
    “Yesterday the focus was on rescue and today the focus will continue to be about rescue,” he said.


    In a press conference from Washington DC, Maj Gen James Witham, director of domestic operations for the National Guard bureau said the unusually long duration of Harvey’s direct impact is changing the way his team approaches their efforts.
    Normally we plan response for that first 72 hours, 96 hours, weather passes and then we’re really into a recovery mode. We will be doing live saving and life sustaining efforts for a much longer period due to the nature of this storm.”


    It’s the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast, and as Harvey tracks back north-east, southern Louisiana is at risk once again.

    We're monitoring the developing heavy rain threat across south Louisiana late tonight into early Tues morning with .

    I am recommending that everyone stay home tom. out of an abundance of caution. Please stay off of the roads tomorrow.


    In Montgomery County, which is north of Houston, officials there are warning residents that they to block off all the roads that are impassible.
    We are out of high water barricades. Do not take it for granted that if there isn’t a barricade that the road is safe to drive over. Motorists should use extreme caution when driving as some flooded or damaged roads may not be barricaded until we can secure more barricades. Flowing water on roadways can easily sweep a vehicle off the road. If you can stay at home, please do, do not drive unless you absolutely must. Please do not go out sightseeing. Turn around Don’t Drown.”


    A troubling update from Brazoria County which sits due south of Houston. Most of the area has been under a mandatory evacuation order since Sunday.


    Photo taken by a deputy of the Williamson County, Texas Sheriff’s office who traveled to Houston to assist local efforts.

    The total loss our team is seeing is indescribable. Pitching tents on roofs.


    Jamiles Lartey here, taking over from Nadia.
    Flood control officials in Houston are reporting that water levels behind the Addicks dam have and floodwater is beginning to spill over. Addicks is one of two dammed Houston reservoirs that officials have feared could begin spilling into Buffalo Bayou, the river that runs through the city, further inundating the surrounding areas.


    Donald Trump has tweeted that he is on his way to Texas. The president is due to visit Corpus Christi and Austin.

    Leaving now for Texas!


    Disney has announced a day of programming on Thursday in support of the Red Cross’s Harvey relief efforts.

    ., announce Day of Giving on Thursday, devoting programming across all platforms in support of Red Cross’ relief efforts


    With reports indicating that more than 9,000 people sheltered at Houston convention center last night, many without beds, more areas of shelter have become a necessity.
    Televangelist Joel Osteen faced criticism for not opening his massive Lakewood Church as a storm shelter, but he has now said the megachurch has “never” closed its doors to people seeking shelter.


    If you live near a creek or bayou, you can keep tabs on water levels through a series of online tools.
    The helps you monitor the situation near you in real-time.


    The Guardian’s has met some of the volunteers helping flooded Houston communities.


    We’ve been hearing from s about the impact of tropical storm Harvey. If it’s safe for you to do so, share your story, including pictures and video if you have them, by clicking on the GuardianWitness contribute buttons above, or via the form . This helps us build a better picture of the full impact of the storm.
    Your safety is most important. Do not take any risks when recording or sharing your story


    Experts say it could take Houston years to fully recover from Harvey. Read our news story here:


    As slowly over the Gulf coast, catastrophic flooding has forced tens of thousands from their homes in and near Houston. And with the storm moving into Louisiana, officials only expect the number of people whose lives are upended by it to increase.
    An issued by Trump earlier this month revoked an Obama-era directive that had established flood-risk standards for federally funded infrastructure projects built in areas prone to flooding or subject to the effects of sea-level rise – like many of those now sinking in Texas.


    In Houston, questions remain about why the mayor did not issue an evacuation order.
    Sylvester Turner has defended his decision, insisting that a mass evacuation of millions of people by car was a greater risk than enduring the storm. He said on Monday:
    Both the county judge and I sat down together and decided that we were not in direct path of the storm, of the hurricane, and the safest thing to do was for people to stay put, make the necessary preparations.
    I have no doubt that the decision we made was the right decision. Can you imagine if millions of people had left the city of Houston and then tried to come back in right now?


    Crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls have had little time to search for other potential victims of Hurricane Harvey, but officials believe the number of fatalities could soar once the floodwaters recede.
    “We know in these kind of events that, sadly, the death toll goes up historically,” Houston police chief Art Acevedo told the Associated Press (AP). “I’m really worried about how many bodies we’re going to find.”


    Welcome to our ongoing live coverage of the catastrophic floods in Texas, where nine people are confirmed dead and conditions are forecast to worsen.
    Donald Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, are due to visit Corpus Christi and Austin on Tuesday, but not the worst hit area – Houston – over fears that the trip could hamper relief efforts.

    www.theguardian.com: Tropical storm Harvey: Trump arrives in Texas to survey damage – live

    Added: 29.08.2017 17:32 | 20 views | 0 comments


    US president is in Corpus Christi and will address the press, as Harvey regains strength and threatens to bring floods to Louisiana


    Texas’ governor, Greg Abbott, is on his way to greet Trump on the tarmac in Corpus Christie.
    We want him to see and understand the enormous challenges that Texans have faced, and the need for the aid that he is providing. He’s a champion of Texas and champion of helping us rebuild and I think we’ll hear that commitment.”


    Donald and Melania Trump just touched down moments ago in Corpus Christie. He’s expected to address the press shortly.


    Mayor Sylvester Turner suggests that people who behave criminally or disruptively will be “ejected” from shelters.
    We expect everyone to be orderly and well behaved. We are not going to tolerate any activity that’s criminal in nature or that is disruptive.
    If there’s anything that makes it even uncomfortable in terms of any sort criminal activity or bad behavior... those people will not be welcome at the shelters.”


    More from the Houston presser:
    The city’s north-east water plant continues to operate despite being inundated yesterday and the water “is safe” according to officials.


    Houston police chief Art Acevedo now addressing reporters and focuses in on handful of looters and armed robbers taking advantage of the chaos. “This is Texas” he said, promising no leniency for criminal behavior.
    Acevedo said his officer are sleeping in their stations and “will not be going home” until they are out of response mode, likely for another few days.


    Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, is now giving a morning update.
    “Yesterday the focus was on rescue and today the focus will continue to be about rescue,” he said.


    In a press conference from Washington DC, Maj Gen James Witham, director of domestic operations for the National Guard bureau said the unusually long duration of Harvey’s direct impact is changing the way his team approaches their efforts.
    Normally we plan response for that first 72 hours, 96 hours, weather passes and then we’re really into a recovery mode. We will be doing live saving and life sustaining efforts for a much longer period due to the nature of this storm.”


    It’s the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast, and as Harvey tracks back north-east, southern Louisiana is at risk once again.

    We're monitoring the developing heavy rain threat across south Louisiana late tonight into early Tues morning with .

    I am recommending that everyone stay home tom. out of an abundance of caution. Please stay off of the roads tomorrow.


    In Montgomery County, which is north of Houston, officials there are warning residents that they to block off all the roads that are impassible.
    We are out of high water barricades. Do not take it for granted that if there isn’t a barricade that the road is safe to drive over. Motorists should use extreme caution when driving as some flooded or damaged roads may not be barricaded until we can secure more barricades. Flowing water on roadways can easily sweep a vehicle off the road. If you can stay at home, please do, do not drive unless you absolutely must. Please do not go out sightseeing. Turn around Don’t Drown.”


    A troubling update from Brazoria County which sits due south of Houston. Most of the area has been under a mandatory evacuation order since Sunday.


    Photo taken by a deputy of the Williamson County, Texas Sheriff’s office who traveled to Houston to assist local efforts.

    The total loss our team is seeing is indescribable. Pitching tents on roofs.


    Jamiles Lartey here, taking over from Nadia.
    Flood control officials in Houston are reporting that water levels behind the Addicks dam have and floodwater is beginning to spill over. Addicks is one of two dammed Houston reservoirs that officials have feared could begin spilling into Buffalo Bayou, the river that runs through the city, further inundating the surrounding areas.


    Donald Trump has tweeted that he is on his way to Texas. The president is due to visit Corpus Christi and Austin.

    Leaving now for Texas!


    Disney has announced a day of programming on Thursday in support of the Red Cross’s Harvey relief efforts.

    ., announce Day of Giving on Thursday, devoting programming across all platforms in support of Red Cross’ relief efforts


    With reports indicating that more than 9,000 people sheltered at Houston convention center last night, many without beds, more areas of shelter have become a necessity.
    Televangelist Joel Osteen faced criticism for not opening his massive Lakewood Church as a storm shelter, but he has now said the megachurch has “never” closed its doors to people seeking shelter.


    If you live near a creek or bayou, you can keep tabs on water levels through a series of online tools.
    The helps you monitor the situation near you in real-time.


    The Guardian’s has met some of the volunteers helping flooded Houston communities.


    We’ve been hearing from s about the impact of tropical storm Harvey. If it’s safe for you to do so, share your story, including pictures and video if you have them, by clicking on the GuardianWitness contribute buttons above, or via the form . This helps us build a better picture of the full impact of the storm.
    Your safety is most important. Do not take any risks when recording or sharing your story


    Experts say it could take Houston years to fully recover from Harvey. Read our news story here:


    As slowly over the Gulf coast, catastrophic flooding has forced tens of thousands from their homes in and near Houston. And with the storm moving into Louisiana, officials only expect the number of people whose lives are upended by it to increase.
    An issued by Trump earlier this month revoked an Obama-era directive that had established flood-risk standards for federally funded infrastructure projects built in areas prone to flooding or subject to the effects of sea-level rise – like many of those now sinking in Texas.


    In Houston, questions remain about why the mayor did not issue an evacuation order.
    Sylvester Turner has defended his decision, insisting that a mass evacuation of millions of people by car was a greater risk than enduring the storm. He said on Monday:
    Both the county judge and I sat down together and decided that we were not in direct path of the storm, of the hurricane, and the safest thing to do was for people to stay put, make the necessary preparations.
    I have no doubt that the decision we made was the right decision. Can you imagine if millions of people had left the city of Houston and then tried to come back in right now?


    Crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls have had little time to search for other potential victims of Hurricane Harvey, but officials believe the number of fatalities could soar once the floodwaters recede.
    “We know in these kind of events that, sadly, the death toll goes up historically,” Houston police chief Art Acevedo told the Associated Press (AP). “I’m really worried about how many bodies we’re going to find.”


    Welcome to our ongoing live coverage of the catastrophic floods in Texas, where nine people are confirmed dead and conditions are forecast to worsen.
    Donald Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, are due to visit Corpus Christi and Austin on Tuesday, but not the worst hit area – Houston – over fears that the trip could hamper relief efforts.

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