Houston is not yet in the clear from what will has been called "catastrophic flooding" and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Harvey. The National Weather Service says some areas around Houston have already received over 30 inches of rain from Tropical Storm Harvey. Over the next several days, rainfall totals in some parts of coastal Texas could go well past 50 inches. In the meantime, parts of the city remain completely flooded.
For his part, Houston's mayor is defending his decision not to evacuate the city ahead of Harvey. Mayor Sylvester Turner says he made the decision with the safety of the people of Houston in his mind and counters that if people had been evacuated, having them return after the storm would have created a nightmare. He also maintains that people would have been out of reach of resources that can help them. That certainly wasn’t the case for the 20-25 residents of the La Vita Bella Nursing Home in nearby Dickinson, Texas. A picture of elderly residents sitting in wheelchairs and leather recliners in waist-deep water went viral, but fortunately, also led to an emergency evacuation. According to Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark, the residents were safely removed from the building yesterday.
At last check, there have been 2500 rescues and Texas Governor Greg Abbott has also deployed three-thousand National Guard Troops to deal with the fallout from Harvey. In a piece of good news? Travelers trapped in Houston's Hobby airport over the weekend have begun seeing relief as waters there receded enough to allow some Southwest fliers to get out. Aside from what Houstonians are continuing to deal with, Louisiana is now in danger of flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. As the system moves eastward, the National Weather Service warns that up to 25 inches of rainfall could fall in areas of southern Louisiana.