Thousands of Houston homes could be flooded for at least two more WEEKS as devastated city plans a water release from reservoirs

Saturday, September 2, 2017
By Paul Martin

Hurricane Harvey victims started to return home on Thursday, when flood waters began to recede
Houston has planned a water release that could keep as many as 20,000 homes flooded for up to 15 days
City officials said it released water from reservoirs in an attempt to control flooding, they said on Friday
The city’s largest shelter had 8,000 people Thursday night, down 2,000 from Wednesday
But figures from the American Red Cross show the number of displaced people is only rising, from 33,000 people Wednesday night to 42,000 people Thursday night
The lucky few who were allowed to return to their homes for good now face a massive clean up
The vast majority could only stop by to assess damage and take a few possessions with them back to the shelters or their temporary housing
For some, it could be months before their homes are livable again

By Cheyenne Roundtree and Ashley Collman
DailyMail.com
2 September 2017

Although thousands of evacuees left shelters in Houston to assess damage caused by Harvey’s floods, the city has planned a water release that could keep as many as 20,000 homes flooded for up to 15 days.

Harvey’s floodwaters began to recede in nation’s fourth largest city on Thursday, but not everyone will be lucky enough to move back into their homes as the city said it released water from reservoirs in an attempt to control flooding.

The decision effects between 15,000 and 20,000 homes in the area and that flooding will continue to last more than two weeks, according to officials on Friday.

So far, it’s unclear just how many were able to return home so far, but the city’s largest shelter decreased its population by about 2,000 people Thursday night, from 10,000 to 8,000.

But figures from the American Red Cross show that the numbers of displaced people are only rising, from 33,000 in their shelters Wednesday to 42,000 on Thursday.

The flood damage was strangely inconsistent throughout the city. A house on one street could be drowned with 4 feet of water while its neighbor was left completely dry. For some, it could take months before homes are livable.

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