The forecast suggests Houston will get 50 inches of rain – as much as the city of 2.3 million people usually receives in an entire year.
The deluge has turned the city’s roads into rivers, covered in feet of water:
- REUTERS/Richard Carson
Here’s what Houston looked like before and after Hurricane Harvey:
Since the storm’s landfall on Friday, Houston has received over 25 inches of rain, with some areas seeing over 30 inches.
— Brian L Kahn (@blkahn) August 27, 2017
Source: The Weather Channel
The National Hurricane Center projects Houston will get 50 inches of rain total, causing “catastrophic and life-threatening flooding.”
— Paul Dellegatto??FOX (@PaulFox13) August 27, 2017
It was still raining Monday morning, and the deluge isn’t expected to stop until at least Tuesday. Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said officials were still focusing on rescue and recovery and would have to wait until the storm passed to evaluate the damage.
The left is Memorial Parkway on Saturday.
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) August 27, 2017
“I’m not sure where the water is going to go because it’s just so much that we can’t really absorb more in the ground at this point,” Art Acevedo, the Houston police chief, said on Monday, adding, “We have way too much water and not enough places for it to drain.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 27, 2017
Houston didn’t declare mandatory evacuations, and it encouraged residents to stay put unless they were in immediate danger. Mayor Sylvester Turner has defended that decision, saying it’s often more dangerous to evacuate a city during a hurricane.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 28, 2017
Source: Associated Press
Turner said on Sunday that almost 6,000 people had called emergency services asking to be rescued. Police and firefighters had saved over 1,000 people, plucking many from rooftops using aircraft, dump trucks, and boats.
Buffalo Bayou Park in Houston
before and after.
— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) August 27, 2017
Rushing water underground caused sinkholes to swallow roads, like this one on Highway FM 762 in Rosenberg, Texas.
- Google Maps
Forecasters predict Harvey will go back out over the Gulf, pick up more moisture, then come back across eastern Texas and go up to Louisiana, wreaking havoc for the rest of the week. As of Monday morning, the storm is most likely only halfway over.
— SportSlant Sports (@SportSlant) August 28, 2017
The New York Times put together a video showing side-by-side images of the “deluging highways” in Houston. Louis Uccellini, the director of the National Weather Service, said Monday that the floodwaters would be slow to recede.