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Countless People Remain Stranded Days Into Storm.
HOUSTON — Nearly all water levels in and around the city were slowly receding Wednesday. There is no doubt that the merciless devastation that Harvey has caused will leave a rather large task at hand in the Rebuilding stage. Which, according to the National Hurricane Center, On Wednesday night Harvey was downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression.
Hours after Harvey slammed the Southeast border of Texas along the Louisiana border is when the long awaited news of receding water levels came in. Currently. It’s being said
that Harvey has just recently slammed coastal Louisiana not far from the Texas border. And although the rain had stopped in Houston, the east Texas city of Port Arthur was hit so hard a shelter was flooded and had be evacuated.
According to Abbay Media source, there are just over 20,000 Ethiopians currently residing in Houston, non of the local Ethiopian restaurants and businesses have reported damages so far. Predominantly most Ethiopians reside around the Central South West, are of Houston. Few staff members of a local church “Medhanalem” were stranded for couple of days, until the local fire department were able to locate and rescue them safely.
Remember despite receding waters in Houston, “catastrophic flooding can continue days after the rain stops.” Stated Elaine Duke, the acting secretary of Homeland Security
“Our whole city is underwater right now,” Port Arthur Mayor Derrick Freeman stated following a Wednesday Facebook post in which he mentioned how his own home was swarmed by three feet of water. The city is still in desperate need of volunteers and for more boats to aid in rescues.
Unfortunately, Harvey’s full impact is far from over. The storm, which first hit the Texas coast Friday as a strong hurricane, was still forecast to release up to 10 inches of rain on Louisiana before moving on to Arkansas, Tennessee and parts of Missouri. Forecasters warned of possible tornadoes across a wide swath of the Southeast as Harvey rolled inland.
The heartbreaking confirmed current death toll is in double-digits, including a family of 6 found dead Wednesday afternoon in their van that disappeared in high water just three days earlier. Authorities are concerned that more bodies will be found when the water recedes.
Brock Long, FEMA administrator, said more than 30,000 people took refuge in over 200 shelters, in
Texas. About 1,800 evacuees have been moved to hotels and other longer-term housing options, he said.
In Houston, authorities opened two more mega shelters — the arena that houses the NBA Rockets and the home of the NFL Texans Stadium — after the convention center quickly became packed with almost 9,000 evacuees.
Some areas near Houston received an entire year’s worth of rain at more than 50 inches. The storm was not expected to bring the devastating flooding seen here to Louisiana and other states, but flash flooding could occur, AccuWeather reported.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner enforced a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew aimed at safeguarding vacant homes and streets. Turner and Police Chief Art Acevedo have issued stern warnings that looters would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
“People were very cooperative last night,” Turner said Wednesday. “The curfew will remain in effect until we get past the situation we are in.”
More than13,000 people have been rescued from flooded homes. Gov. Greg Abbott sent out another 10,000 National Guard troops from across the nation would be joining the 14,000 already deployed .in the region to provide security and aid in rescue efforts.
Aid is being offered by many everyday people, in Houston’s rebuild efforts. In West Houston, Joel Moore said he had gone out on search-and-rescue missions with his church, retrieving about a dozen residents
According to Long, once the boats are gone, volunteers are desperately needed to help clean up homes and provide other various services for years to come. Houston’s airports were scheduled to begin limited operations late Wednesday, and some roads are finally clearing — small victories on a long road to recovery.
“This is going to be an incredibly large disaster for the country,” Long said. “The economic cost to measure this disaster, we aren’t going to know the true cost of that for many years.”