Even the SHELTERS are flooded: At least 30 dead and more than 20,000 homeless in Houston after five-days of record-breaking rain unleashed by Hurricane Harvey

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
By Paul Martin

40,000 homes are thought to have been destroyed by Hurricane Harvey as it rages into its sixth day
The Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur flooded on Tuesday night forcing evacuees to be rescued again
20,000 people are taking cover in other overcrowded shelters across Texas as Harvey rages on
30 people have been confirmed dead by local authorities but the number is feared to be much higher
Houston’s Police Chief Art Acevedo said he was worried about how many bodies would later be found
Louisiana is bracing itself for 10 inches of rain as the storm moves closer and closer to its shore
There have now been five days of record breaking rain in Texas with more than 50inches falling since Friday
Abandoned homes in Houston are being both burned and drowned by the floods which have sparked electrical fires
To donate to the Red Cross’s Hurricane Harvey relief fund, click here or call 1-800-435-7669

By Jennifer Smith and Ann Schmidt
30 August 2017

There was no escaping Hurricane Harvey on Tuesday night as even rescue shelters housing terrified evacuees who have lost their homes filled up with flood water.

At the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur, evacuees were forced to wait in the bleachers as water washed over the floor and sent their Red Cross cot beds and chairs floating.

They were taken to Carl Parker Center at Lamar State College where they now join hundreds of others who have been displaced. It is not clear how many people were in the first shelter when the floods crept in on Tuesday night.

More than 20,000 people are in bursting shelters as floods continue to swamp Houston after the heaviest rainfall in US history. Countless more are taking cover in the homes of friends and family whose houses are, for now, safe from the floods.

The water continues to rise, sparking electrical fires in abandoned homes and threatening to drown anyone who has been unable to escape. More than 50 inches of rain has fallen in parts of Houston – the heaviest rainfall in US history.

At least 30 people have been confirmed dead but that number is likely to rocket as the waters recede and emergency services begin recovering victims once the rain stops.

On Tuesday, Houston’s Police Chief Art Acevedo painted a grave picture of the devastation.

‘I’m worried about how many bodies we’re going to find. I’m just hoping we find the bodies,’ he said as his officers continued to focus their efforts on saving their living rather than recovering the bodies of the dead.

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