Flooding from Harvey the biggest risk to USA energy sector

Flooding from Harvey the biggest risk to USA energy sector

Flooding from Harvey the biggest risk to USA energy sector

The coastal cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur got pummeled with 26 inches of rain in 24 hours - and it's still raining. Wiping out more than 4 million barrels a day from that would cut processing to the lowest level since Hurricane Ike.

Bossert estimated that 100,000 homes had been affected by flooding and said the White House would be asking Congress for emergency Harvey funds.

In Port Arthur - about 90 miles east of the devastated Houston area - the deluge was so severe that floodwaters overwhelmed the Bob Bowers Civic Center, which was serving as a shelter.

Hospitals in Texas were forced into closure due to water rising in the Neches River and Beaumont's broken water pump, cutting off water supplies.

The mayor of Beaumont, Becky Ames, told NBC that the flooding was like nothing she had ever seen before.

About one-third of the Houston area is covered in water.

Many refineries near Lake Charles, Louisiana, where about 4 percent of the nation's refinery capacity is located, were shutting down or operating at reduced capacity by Wednesday. It's expected to become a tropical depression by Wednesday night.

United States gasoline futures hit a new a two-year high on Thursday (31 August), after Storm Harvey made a second landfall over the Louisiana coastline resulting in the closure of America's largest refinery and another key regional pipeline.

"We need boats. We need whatever it takes", Sinegal told the station.

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There were reports by local officials of as many as 30 deaths. Another 19 remained missing.

Leaders at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital chose to remain open Thursday, but they put out a message that its emergency and trauma center will be open for only urgent cases and patients who are seriously injured, in order to be sure they have enough water for the 256 patients still at the hospital.

Tens of thousands were in crowded evacuation centres across the region. He also urged residents to get to higher ground, but avoid becoming trapped in attics. he said dumped rucks were being used to help evacuate residents.

As signs of normal life returned to the city, the nation's fourth most populous, there were also concerns about health risks from bacteria and pollutants in floodwater. "This is just as bad if not worse than flooding in Houston".

Colonial Pipeline, the main conduit for gasoline and diesel from the Gulf Coast to the eastern US, is already operating at reduced rates because it is not receiving supply from the Houston area. It has sent gasoline prices climbing and disrupted global fuel supplies.

National average gasoline prices rose to $2.40 per gallon by Wednesday morning, increasing from about $2.34 per gallon a week ago.

"We've got dogs, we've got children", Pam Alford told KFDM, who abandoned her home by boat late Tuesday before ending up at the bowling alley.

Anita Williams, 52, was lined up at a shelter at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Centre to register for emergency aid, having surveyed the damage to her one-story home on Wednesday.

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