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Hurricane Harvey Debilitates Texas Coastline

A week after hurricane Harvey made landfall, Houston and surrounding communities remain crippled.

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Houstonian's band together to help motorist trapped by rising flood water

Houstonian's band together to help motorist trapped by rising flood water

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Houstonian's band together to help motorist trapped by rising flood water

Malerie Wilkins, Staff Reporter

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On Aug. 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the southern coast of Texas. Classified as a Category 4 Hurricane, Harvey wreaked havoc throughout Texas, specifically in the Houston area. Cities such as Beaumont, Corpus Christi, and Port Arthur were among the heaviest hit, experiencing the majority of the damaging wind and rain. At the time of publication, the death toll stands at 45.

The disaster itself has forced gas suppliers and water pumps to temporarily shutdown. As the hurricane damaged natural gas lines and forced suppliers to cut operations, threats such as chemical explosions were tracked by Harris County Sheriff ‘s Office.

“Two explosions at the Arkema chemical plant just outside of Houston, Texas, could lead to huge fires as unstable chemical organic peroxides are released,” according to Newsweek.

Individuals are reaching out through  social media platforms, with hopes of helping those that are still seeking rescue and support.

“If you called, we are coming. Please get to higher ground if you can, but please try (to) stay out of attics,” Port Arthur Mayor Derrick Freeman posted on Facebook. “Our whole city is underwater right now but we are coming!”

The City of Port Arthur requested those in need of rescue to hang a white towel, sheet or shirt out of their windows in order to help prioritize rescue efforts. For individuals trapped in high-density housing plans, the accessibility to rescue workers can be severely limited.

Houston Fire chief Samuel Peña, “We expect to find people in these areas. Some of them have made it up to the attic.”

On Thursday afternoon, President Trump pledged $1 million dollars of his personal money to Harvey relief efforts, the White House reported.

Heavy rain is over, but parts of Texas remain under floodwater. CNN reported that Texas experienced a record 51.88 inches of rain during the storm.

Governor Abbott issued a proclamation stating, “Texans have remained strong throughout this ordeal, with neighbor helping neighbor by wading into the flood waters or sorting through wind damage to rescue fellow residents.”

According to the Washington Post, “About 24.5 trillion gallons of water has fallen on Southeast Texas and southern Louisiana because of Harvey.” Among those who lost their homes due to flooding and water damage. About 80% of Hurricane Harvey victims do not have flood insurance.

As the water begins to recede, the extent of Harvey’s damage is still yet to be fully assessed.

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