National Guard Troops Head to Houston as Flooding Worsens

HOUSTON --  The nation's fourth largest city is under water this morning and it's only going to get worse. Thousands in Houston are being rescued by helicopter, boat, even with the help of blow-up beach toys and mattresses.

Forecasters say the slow moving Harvey has at least two more days to go, maybe more.

The Coast Guard spent the last 24 hours pulling people off roofs in Houston as Harvey left many residents with no way to go but up to safety. Thousands are leaving their homes and everything behind.

"It's all just materialist stuff that's always kept in your mind and it's always going to be there so it's good but it's just hard," said Tyler Robinson, after he was rescued.

The stories of dramatic rescues and close calls are seemingly endless:

-These are residents at La Vita Bella Assisted living facility who waited for help in waist deep water.

- One trucker was saved on live TV.

- Another realized too late exactly why officials are asking people not to drive under any circumstances.

- Sometimes, even the rescuers needed rescuing. Nerves are frayed at many of the cities shelters, where neighbors have little else but each other.

"They're completely soaked. I don't even know what to say," one woman cried.  "They're not even my kids but I tell you what I love them like they're my own. And I don't know them from Adam."

Cities and towns have been left almost unrecognizable.  This use to be a bridge.  This used to be a baseball field. This used to be Arlene Kelsch's backyard, now, it's home to two alligators.

Initial predictions that storm's worst would dump around 40-inches of rain in some areas, have been scrapped...that number, now 50 inches as Harvey is poised to still rain down for at least two more days.

 

The flooding could go from catastrophic to somehow even worse, warned Jeff Lindner with Harris County Flood Control.
"Water levels on Cyprus Creed near I-45 will possibly top the levee by tomorrow morning, residents in this area are encouraged to seek higher ground."

With countless more still in need of help, 4,000 National and Texas Guard troops are being brought in for relief and recovery efforts.

In anticipation of a worsening situation, Dallas is turning its main convention center into a "mega-shelter" that can host 5,000 evacuees.

The city is working with Dallas County, the Red Cross, and other agencies to prepare the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center to open to storm victims by tomorrow.

According to the city's emergency management director, the shelter will be in the center's parking garage level and will not affect events or shows currently booked.

(Don Champion, CBS News)


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