Houston forced to open more mega-shelters

Fish caught in house

Despite the reassurances in Houston, other city officials said they would remain on standby and were prepared to take in large influxes of evacuees if needed.

"We are not turning anyone away". "We are still in process as an organization in mobilizing thousands of volunteers to bring down here", said the deputy director of the Red Cross. McCasland says more cots are on the way for thousands of people who didn't have one Monday night. She took cat naps inside her sedan until police officers arrived with jumper cables the next day. "We have no choice", said Darian Ward, a spokeswoman for Mayor Turner.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Tuesday his agency has rescued about 4,100 people. The church, once home to the Houston Rockets, seats 16,000 people. Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta said residents were warned that the levee would be overtopped at some point, and a mandatory evacuation order was given Sunday.

Separately, engineers began releasing water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs Monday to ease the strain on the dams.

In normal times, Ms McGowen said she and her extended family would call one another every two hours to chat.

Officials fear that the number of fatalities will climb sharply in coming days as neighbors, emergency workers and family members search for the missing - and discover the bodies of people trapped in waterlogged homes or encased in underwater graves inside cars.

The county is trying to determine where the water will go, Lindner said.

The Northeast Houston neighborhoods of Lakewood, Lakeview, Cavalcade and many others nearby were completely flooded, according to residents waiting at the Hardy-Ley bus station.

So far, the highest rains recorded are just shy of the United States record for a tropical system.

Although forecasters had feared that another 2 feet could fall in some places, it appeared that the outlook had improved somewhat on Tuesday.

The Dallas Zoo is welcoming Hurricane Harvey evacuees, free of charge. They were just so overwhelmed and busy.

"You can tell that by when they get in the line to get food and to get coffee", Mr Rose said as he sat in a chair, still dressed in waders.

"I thought I was going to die", Saliver told the Daily News. "And they still not", she said.

San Antonio has around 800 people in its shelters, but majority are from other storm-ravaged parts of Texas, not Houston, Woodward added. "I know I don't have a house".

Officials in Houston were also keeping an eye on infrastructure such as bridges, roads and pipelines that are in the path of the floodwaters.

Many have harrowing stories of escaping rising waters in a city largely swallowed by floodwaters. The Houston metro area covers about 10,000 square miles (25,900 square kilometers), an area slightly bigger than New Jersey.

Forecasters expect the storm to linger over the Gulf before heading back inland east of Houston sometime Wednesday.

Harvey has gained a bit of strength but stayed a tropical storm. Still, people continue to arrived by busload and truckload.

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