Floodwaters rising in neighborhoods after Addicks and Barker Reservoir releases

Floodwaters rising in neighborhoods after Addicks and Barker Reservoir releases

Floodwaters rising in neighborhoods after Addicks and Barker Reservoir releases

People evacuated by Harvey fill up cots at the George Brown Convention Center in Houston. Dallas has three shelters now open for evacuees, but the convention center will serve as a "mega shelter".

At least nine persons are reported to have died, including six members of the same family whose van was swept away by rising floodwater, and a man in his 60s who apparently drowned while trying to swim to safety.

Vice President Mike Pence is warning the people of Southeast Texas that Harvey is still unsafe and that life-threatening flooding will continue.

Pence is urging residents to continue to listen to their state and local officials.

The disaster is unfolding on an epic scale, with the nation's fourth-largest city mostly paralysed by the storm that parked itself over the Gulf Coast. With almost two foot more rain expected on top of the 30 inches that has fallen so far in some places, authorities worry the worst might be yet to come.

Pence says he and his wife, Karen, will visit the region later this week.

President Donald Trump will travel to hurricane-ravaged Texas on Tuesday.

The hope was that a controlled release would prevent Addicks and Barker - which were built in 1945 and 1948 after previous catastrophic floods devastated downtown Houston - from spilling over and causing even more uncontrolled damage.

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What are the Addicks and Barker reservoirs?

People in Bear Creek Village, a neighborhood nestled up against Addicks Reservoir, started seeing a gradual rise in flood waters starting around 4 a.m. Monday and more than three dozen neighborhoods near Addicks and Barker are expected to be affected by the increase of water from the dams, Harris County Flood Control's Jeff Lindner said in a press conference Monday afternoon. "If the water goes around the spillway, we would see changes on the impact of Buffalo Bayou".

With more rain to come, the ongoing storm has already capped off a three-month period in which Houston has received almost a year's worth of rain, the National Weather Service says. And a year ago, 1,200 people were rescued after a flood on Tax Day.

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"Harvey is expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 7 to 13 inches through Friday over parts of the upper Texas coast into southwestern Louisiana", the NHC said in an update Tuesday morning. The east fork of the San Jacinto River in particular will threaten nearby homes in Cleveland, while the west fork will lap at doors from Conroe to Humble. Officials have received thousands of pleas for rescue. Some people managed with kayaks or canoes or swam. Some kayaks were sent out Monday.

Meanwhile, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have asked for volunteers to help Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

Padovan says it appears the people were being evacuated from their homes in a flooded Houston subdivision and were being taken to dry ground when the boat capsized.

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