Hurricane Harvey continues to impact Texas

HOUSTON (AP) – The death toll from Hurricane Harvey in Texas has climbed to at least 24 people.

Photo: Texas Military Dept

Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that “the worst is not over'' for southeastern Texas as widespread flooding continues.

About 10,000 additional National Guard troops from around the U.S. are being deployed to Texas as Harvey continues dumping rain on the region. This brings the total deployments to about 24,000.

Abbott says the Guard has conducted more than 8,500 rescues and more than 1,400 shelter-in-place and welfare checks.

In neighboring Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards says the threat of flooding in the state's southwest appears to be diminishing as Harvey pulls away from the region.

He says Louisiana remains committed to assisting officials in Texas, where another overnight round of torrential rains stranded many residents in flooded homes.

Police in Beaumont, Texas, have been recruiting anyone people with boats Wednesday to help check neighborhoods for potential rescues. Police said many were not calling 911, instead calling for help on social media, adding to the chaos.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says more than 48,700 homes have been affected by flooding and other damage brought by Harvey since it first came ashore Friday.

A report released Wednesday shows more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed while about another 17,000 have sustained major damage. Approximately 32,000 have damage described by state authorities as minor.

In Harris County, one of the state's largest and home to Houston, about 43,700 homes have been damaged, with some 11,600 receiving major damage and another 770 destroyed.

Harvey has also damaged nearly 700 businesses in the state.
There are more than 32,000 people in shelters across Texas. Abbott says Texas also has an additional 30,000 beds ``available as needed'' for those who fled or are still fleeing floodwaters associated with the storm.