People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. / AFP / Thomas B. Shea
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Floodwaters reached the roof lines of single-story homes Monday, and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey kept pouring rain on the Houston area after a chaotic weekend of rising water and rescues.It's crisscrossed by about 1,700 miles of channels, creeks and bayous that drain into the Gulf of Mexico, about 50 miles to the southeast from downtown.The goal is to rescue those people by the end of the day, Acevedo said.With rain falling unabated, he said there was nowhere left for the water to drain.The rising water and ongoing rain put pressure on the dams, which could allow water to spill outside them if the pressure is not relieved.The National Weather Service predicted that the water could rise to 18 meters. That much water would top the levees and carries a threat of levee failure, County Judge Robert Herbert said.In the Cypress Forest Estates neighborhood in northern Harris County, people called for help from inside their homes as water from a nearby creek climbed to the same level as their eaves.
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