By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Texas National Guard, U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West
August 29, 2017 (San Diego) – Rescue personnel from the San Diego region including East County are heading to Texas, where Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 hurricane since reclassified as a tropical storm, has dumped the heaviest rainfall ever recorded on the U.S. mainland—50 inches or more in places.
Much of Houston, Texas is submerged beneath a swath of floodwaters 50 miles wide. so much rain fell that the National Weather Service had to add new color coding to its maps.
At least eight people have died. An estimated 1.7 million have evacuated in Texas and Louisana as the storm continues its destructive path, according to the White House website, with many people still awaiting rescue, trapped amid rising waters. Now, a levee south of Houston in Brazoria County has broken and residents in its path are ordered to get out immediately.