I Am From Houston-We Were Not Ready for This

Houston struggles with massive flooding as more rain forecast

Houston struggles with massive flooding as more rain forecast

More torrential rain is expected to pound the US Gulf Coast, as tens of thousands have bee displaced from their homes, officials said on Monday.

The announcement came as the south-central US state experienced what the National Hurricane Center said was "catastrophic and life-threatening flooding".

Harvey's center was sitting just off the Texas coast in the Gulf of Mexico, drawing energy from the warm waters there and pushing band after band of heavy rain onshore.

Though insurers should swallow the claims easily, given that there have been relatively few natural disasters so far this year, the storm will weigh on an industry struggling to contain prices while sustained low interest rates suppress returns on its investment holdings.

"We actually anticipate that as many as a half a million people in Texas will be eligible for and applying for financial disaster assistance", Vice President Mike Pence told KHOU Radio in Houston.

He added, "Can you imagine if millions of people had left the city of Houston and then tried to come back in right now?"

Texas Governor Greg Abbott activated the entire Texas National Guard on Monday in response to Hurricane Harvey.

The city's police chief has said he is anxious about how many bodies will be found when the floods abate.

United States president Donald Trump will fly to southern Texas today as officials warned that "catastrophic flooding" will persist in the Houston region in the coming days, and thousands of residents remained stranded in the city.

Donald Trump says the recovery operation following Harvey will be "very expensive", but has expressed confidence that Congress will act swiftly to pass a multibillion-dollar aid package to help victims.

Harvey's center was 85 miles (137 km) south-southwest of Houston on Monday afternoon and forecast to arc slowly toward the city through Wednesday, with the worst floods expected later that day and on Thursday.

All night, as water lapped into their homes, people had been calling for help, they said, but no-one came.

Though Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday (August 25), three days later, the state's residents continue to experience its devastation. Throughout Sunday and Monday other Texans brought their own boats to assist in rescue efforts.

Officials hadn't confirmed their deaths, but Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said he's "really anxious about how many bodies we're going to find".

Brock Long is the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The New York Air National Guard gave six aircraft; the Utah, Nebraska and North Carolina Army National Guards provided six helicopters; and the U.S. Coast Guard and Air National Guard gave seven helicopters, the Pentagon said.

"Once we've cleared an area, it doesn't take us long to break our camp and move on to the next area", Hulette said.

Gasoline futures RBc1 hit their highest in two years as Harvey shut down multiple refiners, knocking out about 13 percent of total US refining capacity, based on company reports and Reuters estimates.

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