— ABC News (@ABC) August 27, 2017
Tropical Storm Harvey, which slammed into Texas as a Category 4 hurricane on Friday night, left devastation in its wake in coastal communities including Corpus Christi and Rockport, the latter of which saw the storm’s first fatality on Saturday. Overnight and into Sunday, the system inundated Houston with over 20 inches of rain — historic, “catastrophic” flooding according to the Weather Channel — and as the above ABC News compilation of social media footage shows, many of the city’s streets were flooded to the point where folks could row down the street.
On Sunday morning, flood waters continued to rise with no signs of slowing.
As of now, CNN reports that emergency personnel have rescued over 1000 Houston residents from their homes. Some still-trapped residents also called into the network to report that they’ve been unable to reach responders due to sheer demand upon the system. Also in Houston, the Harvey death toll has now officially increased to five, which includes one woman who drove into rising water and drowned while attempting to flee her stalled vehicle.
While thousands of residents will likely lose their houses before Harvey subsides, those without homes face an altogether horrifying fight for survival as the ordeal continues. The New York Times featured one harrowing account from a homeless man as he plotted out how to survive the storm — an all-too common plight during disasters as shelters quickly fill up to capacity.
On Sunday morning, water from Buffalo Bayou began to enter local CBS affiliate KHOU’s first floor. Accordingly, the crew moved to the 2nd floor.
— Janelle Bludau (@JanelleKHOU) August 27, 2017