Harvey's slow movement away from southeast Texas promises some relief from relentless rains that have inundated large swaths of Houston, Beaumont and other areas since a downpour began late last week.
The crisis deepened in the coastal city after Harvey rolled ashore overnight for the second time in six days, this time hitting southwestern Louisiana, about 45 miles from Port Arthur. It does not mean tropical storm conditions are imminent.
Harvey is forecast to drop substantial amounts of rain on Louisiana before moving on to Arkansas, Tennessee and parts of Missouri, which could also see flooding. McLellan said the sheriff's office is working to relay those calls to the proper authorities in Port Arthur. Now Port Arthur and its residents are in "survival mode," Jefferson County Commissioner Michael Sinegal told KFDM.
The city put out a plea for boats Wednesday morning, saying on Twitter "Individuals with boats are needed in Port Arthur for rescues".
It's not any better in Beaumont, either. Additional heavy rains are predicted to swell into north central Louisiana on Wednesday. But, now that we know Mother Nature will spare Livingston Parish - at least for now, it is time to give back to our friends, neighbors & fellow first-responders in Texas who worked alongside us just over a year ago. At that point, city officials may have to condemn some roads and bridges due to damage from the floods, which will complicate search and rescue efforts. Motiva, which is owned by Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company of Saudi Arabia, said it was dealing with restrictions in the flow of crude oil coming in and products such as gasoline going out through pipelines and ports.
Unfortunately, the water isn't the only threat to people in Houston.
The explosions in Crosby, Texas, are the latest aftermath of the historic flooding brought by the most powerful storm to land in Texas in a half-century, which drove tens of thousands from their homes around the United States energy hub.
Real Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents wear badges labeled "special agent" and they carry credentials, Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement.
A Houston mother is warning people in the area to stay out of Harvey's floodwaters after her son was electrocuted while wading through the water to check on his sister's home. Emergency workers kept rescuing people as floodwaters kept rising. The American Red Cross, Save the Children, Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities are among the top-rated groups by Charity Navigator who are responding directly to this catastrophe.