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As Deluge Ends, Houston by the Numbers: 20, 17,000, 51.88, 13,000

As Deluge Ends, Houston by the Numbers: 20, 17,000, 51.88, 13,000 Read Transcript

The worst of the rainfall from Harvey

is finally over for the Houston area,

but the death toll in Texas is still rising.

It reached 30 by this morning.

Heather Sells has this look at Harvey's terrible impact

on America's fourth largest city.

HEATHER SELLS: The rain from Harvey,

over 50 inches in some spots, makes

it the heaviest tropical downpour

in the history of the continental United States.

And while the downpour in Houston has basically ended,

though floodwaters are still rising.

It's all the way up to the roof skies, up to the eaves.

I hate to think that there are people in these houses.

HEATHER SELLS: The official tally of rescues right

now is 13,000, but the actual number is likely much higher.

Still, more than 1,000 in Houston

are desperately waiting for help.

This woman was stranded in her car for two days.

All I can say is there are angels out here.

Don't give up on us.

Seek the higher ground.

We will get to you.

HEATHER SELLS: The city of Houston

covers about 10,000 square miles.

That's slightly bigger than New Jersey

and makes rescue operations a daunting task.

Houston police Officer Steve Perez

drowned in the flood waters on his way to help others.

Once our dive team got there, it

was too treacherous to go under and look for him.

HEATHER SELLS: Torrential rains, six to 12 inches,

are still expected east of Houston into Louisiana.

Houston itself should receive less than two

to three more inches, but rising flood waters

are now the concern, especially after two reservoir

dams began to overflow Tuesday.

Officials are watching bridges, roads,

and pipelines in the path of the flood waters.

And they're attending to more than 17,000 people

that have sought refuge in Texas shelters.

Houston opened two extra mega shelters Tuesday

and has asked FEMA for food and cots for 10,000 more people.

The president visited Corpus Christi on Tuesday

near where Harvey made landfall last Friday.

He promised to provide billions of dollars in long term

disaster aid and talked with state officials

about the magnitude of the disaster.

This is historic.

It's epic, what happened.

But you know what?

It happened in Texas, and Texas can handle anything.

HEATHER SELLS: The president plans

to return to the region on Saturday

as it recovers from this historic natural disaster.

Heather Sells, CBN News.


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