Startling before and after photographs reveal the devastating floods in Houston as Hurricane Harvey swamps the city, destroying thousands of homes and prompting the mayor to plead for help

Monday, August 28, 2017
By Paul Martin

Hurricane Harvey has left thousands homeless in Houston with more than 5,000 people currently in shelters
The number was expected to rise as more rescues were carried out across the Texan city on Monday morning
Another 50 inches of rain is set to fall over the coming days which will exasperate the catastrophe
Two major dams 20 miles outside of the city are being drained, sending more water cascading into homes
Despite the unfolding disaster, the mayor has still not issued a mandatory evacuation order across the city
Scores of panicked residents are taking to social media to beg for help after becoming stranded in houses
911 operators are stretched to their limit – on Sunday there was a backlog of 150 calls at any given time
Fundraising efforts by the Red Cross are underway and celebrities are donating thousands to relief funds
The official death toll is unknown given the chaos which is still unfolding but at least five are feared dead
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has deployed the entire National Guard of 12,000 to rescue stranded citizens

28 August 2017

As Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston on Monday, the extent of the devastation it has caused started to become clear.

Huge swathes of the city now sit underwater as flood water continues to rush through its streets. Thousands are without homes, even more have lost power and five people are feared dead across the entire state as a result of the storm.

There is no respite on the horizon, with another 50 inches of rain scheduled to land over the course of the week.

Emergency services have been pushed to the limit. 911 operators are having to choose between life-fearing callers and panicked residents are clambering to their roofs to wave towels in the hope that someone will rescue them.

Here, in a collection of photographs taken around the city before and after the storm hit, the scope of the damage is laid bare.

There were 5,500 people in shelters on Monday morning and 911 operators had responded to 75,000 calls alone by 10.30am.

More than 2,000 people have been rescued from the flood water and at any given time, there is a 15 person backlog for 911 calls.

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