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Evacuations And Rescues After Harvey Pummels Texas

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 Hurricane Harvey remains virtually stalled near the coast and continues to drop heavy rain on the Houston and Galveston areas. In the past 48 hours, numerous spots in the region have measured more than 25 inches (64 centimeters) of rain.

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Harvey, which made landfall late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and has lingered dropping heavy rain as a tropical storm, sent devastating floods pouring into the nation's fourth-largest city on Sunday. The rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers who could not keep up with the constant calls for help.

As Houston braced for more rain and rescues, officials started releasing more water from reservoirs overwhelmed by Harvey early Monday, even though the move aimed at protecting the city's downtown could make already devastating flooding worse around thousands of homes.

Judging from federal disaster declarations, the storm has so far affected about a quarter of the Texas population, or 6.8 million people in 18 counties. It was blamed in at least two deaths.  The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, predicted that the aftermath of the storm would require FEMA's involvement for years.

"This disaster's going to be a landmark event," Long said.

 


Wilford Martinez, right, is rescued from his flooded car by Harris County Sheriff's Department Richard Wagner along Interstate 610 in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


Two kayakers try to beat the current pushing them down an overflowing Brays Bayou from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Houston Chronicle via AP Mark Mulligan)

 


Moses Juarez, left, and Anselmo Padilla wade through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

 


An abandoned car sits in floodwaters on I -10 in Houston Sunday (AP Photo/LM Otero)

 


A family evacuates their Meyerland area home in Houston on Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo)

 


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D'Ona Spears, center, reacts as she is told that she cannot bring her dog Missy into the shelter for flood evacuees with her daughter Natalie, left, at the convention center in downtown Houston, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Spears and her family walked to the shelter after her home was flooded with water from the Buffalo Bayou. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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