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Seven ways to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

29 Agosto 2017, 05:49 | Faron Santos

A gauge shows the depth of water on an underpass on Interstate 10 in Houston

A gauge shows the depth of water on an underpass on Interstate 10 in Houston Texas

The rainfall is expected to continue as Harvey hangs over the skies of Texas, and the NWS predicts that some areas could see as much as 50 inches of rain through Friday.

Rescuers are continuing to pluck people from the floodwaters - with at least 2,000 helped so far, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. Some two feet or more of rain has already fallen, a total likely to double by the end of the week, the earliest the rain is likely to let up.

Since the crisis began last Friday, Trump has seized on his role marshalling the federal response, issuing a disaster declaration for Texas and neighboring Louisiana and deploying 8,000 officials throughout the flood zone.

US President Donald Trump warned on Monday that Texas faces a "long and hard road" to recovery after floods triggered by an unprecedented rainstorm, saying there's "never been anything like it".

"I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John's in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can".

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long says it's an ongoing situation, adding "we're not at recovery yet". He said there were three confirmed deaths related to the storm.

"We're anticipating over 30,000 people being placed in shelters temporarily - to basically stabilize the situation and provide for their care". You could not dream this forecast up.

The Red Cross is helping with shelter and supplies for people who have been forced out of their homes due to flooding. The team announced on Twitter on Monday that they be donating $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief Fund.

Officials have urged residents in southeast Texas to boil water as a precaution, in case drinking water becomes scarce.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Monday that it was releasing water from the nearby Addicks and Barker reservoirs into Buffalo Bayou, the primary body of water running through Houston.

Ryan Maue of WeatherBell, a weather analytics company, told CNN that Harvey has already left 11 trillion gallons of rain over the state of Texas and predicts by the time it moves on, it will leave more than twice that amount of rain over the state.

The US National Weather Service said the worst of floods are expected tomorrow and Thursday, although there is still uncertainty over the storm's path.

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