Flooding Left in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey Could Force Some 30,000 People Into Shelters

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The state of Texas continues to battle with the devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey, and the danger is far from over as officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency expect more than 30,000 people to need shelter as a result of the rains and flooding that show no signs of letting up.

“The sheltering mission is going to be a very heavy lift,” FEMA administrator Brock Long said Monday, adding that up to 50 Texas counties are grappling with the damage done by the storm, according to USA Today.


“We are not out of the woods yet,” acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, added during the same Monday morning briefing in Washington, D.C. “Harvey is still a dangerous and historic storm.”

Some areas of southeast Texas around Houston have already seen more than 30 inches of rain, while many other regions have been pelted with 15-20 inches over the past 72 hours, the National Weather Service confirmed.

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