Corey Carpenter, 7, eats crackers in what used to be his cousin's yard that was flooded when Hurricane Harvey hit Bayside, Texas Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. (The Victoria Advocate via AP)
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Tropical storm Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the United States' fourth-largest city Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers who could not keep up with the constant calls for help.The incessant rain covered much of Houston in turbid, gray-green water and turned streets into rivers navigable only by boat. The flooding from Harvey, which made landfall late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and has lingered dropping heavy rain as a tropical storm, was so widespread that authorities had trouble pinpointing the worst areas.Judging from federal disaster declarations, the storm has so far affected about a quarter of the Texas population, or 6.8 million people in 18 counties.As the water rose, the National Weather Service issued another ominous forecast: Before the storm that arrived Friday as a Category 4 hurricane is gone, some parts of Houston and its suburbs could get as much as 1.3 meters of rain. Several hospitals in the Houston area were evacuated due to the rising waters.Inside, the water was halfway up the walls.Harvey was the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 13 years and the strongest to strike Texas since 1961's Hurricane Carla, the most powerful Texas hurricane on record.
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