Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Harvey's Impacts Outside of Houston: Seniors Evacuated in Orange, Texas

August 30,2017
You've heard a lot about Harvey's impact on Houston, but the storm has also been devastating in other areas. Here's the latest news from the areas outside Houston flooded and damaged by the impacts of Harvey. Please check back frequently for updates.
Port Arthur, Texas: As major flooding worsened, officials took to social media to beg anyone with a boat to come to the city to rescue stranded residents Wednesday morning. Evacuees posted photos of flooding inside emergency shelters, with the water rising up to almost the level of the cots on which they slept overnight. Those who needed rescue were instructed to display a white towel, shirt or other object to alert crews.
Orange, Texas: Seniors at the Golden Years retirement home were evacuated by airboat Wednesday afternoon after the facility was flooded, according to the Associated Press. The residents were sheltering on the second floor of the retirement home as floodwaters rose, but were removed one-by-one by the Louisiana Army National Guard and agents from the Florida Wildlife Commission, the report added.
Resident Mike Henry told AP he was woken up out of his sleep Tuesday by rain falling so hard it sounded like a "power washer." Water had risen in his yard and quickly began seeping into his home.
"I kept marking it on the wall, every 15 minutes," said Henry. The water leveled off at 1 foot.
Galveston, Texas: Marathon announced it was shutting down its Galveston Bay refinery Wednesday morning amid the threat of continued widespread flooding in the area. In the historic downtown area, floodwaters were three feet deep Tuesday as the relentless rainfall submerged seemingly every road. "We're getting our share of it today," City Manager Brian Maxwell told the Galveston County Daily News. "It's everywhere right now."
Petal, Mississippi: The National Weather Service said buildings and trees were damaged Wednesday in the town near Hattiesburg. There were no injuries, but the NWS said a tornado was reported nearby at the time the storm left damage.
The Texas/Louisiana Border: Authorities were forced to close Interstate 10 at the border Wednesday morning because swollen waterways left the area virtually isolated, according to the AP. Numerous highways and secondary roads were also closed because of flooding, the report added. Some drivers were stranded for up to 24 hours, the AP also said.
(MORE: Complete Recap of Harvey Impacts | Check the Forecast)
Natchitoches, Louisiana: The Louisiana Highway Department shut down portions of highways in Natchitoches Parish due to floodwaters Wednesday afternoon.
Beaumont: As the rain continues to fall, Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames told NBC's The Today Show that every body of water citywide is overflowing. A voluntary evacuation was issued for areas of north Beaumont for about 1,000 families, where almost 24 inches of rain has fallen from Harvey. Exxon closed the Beaumont Refinery. Gator Country, home to 350 alligators, was holding its own, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife alligator program. At the Nueces River, levels were expected to continue rising throughout the week before cresting this weekend.
Navy Prepares Emergency Response: The U.S. Navy said it is preparing two ships – the USS Kearsarge and USS Oak Hillto be positioned off the coast of Texas and Louisiana, if needed. The ships would be used to help with recovery efforts, USNI News said.
Residents Evacuated, Shelter Offered in Louisiana: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said 500 people were rescued overnight Monday in flooding in and around Lake Charles. Tuesday he said that the state is offering shelter to its own residents as well as some victims from Texas who were rescued from floodwaters overnight. Texas officials reportedly have 48 hours to accept the offer and transport flood victims to shelters in Louisiana.
Rockport and Port Aransas: Residents returned to survey the damage to their properties. Many have been dealing with the painful reality of seeing their destroyed homes for the first time.
Conroe, Texas: Residents in the McDade Estates community were ordered to evacuate Monday as Lake Conroe began to flood the area.
Refugio, Texas: Despite major damage in the town located some 40 miles inland, evacuees flocked to the town and have banded together to ensure everyone is safe.
Cleveland, Texas: State Highway 105 is in danger of collapsing entirely due to possible water underneath the asphalt in one area, Police Chief Darrel Broussard told the Houston Chronicle. The roadway is shut down between Farm-to-Market Road 1725 and the 105 Bypass. The Texas Department of Transportation is aware of the problem. Broussard says it's "going to be a while" before the road is safe to drive on again.

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