The 9 Scariest Photos Of Houston’s Floods

Areas of Houston, Texas has been submerged underwater due to intense flooding overwhelming the city’s infrastructure, reportedly killing five people and injuring several others in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The powerful storm system, now downgraded to a tropical storm, bombarded the Gulf Coast of Texas over the weekend with torrential rains throughout Harris County, which received 20 inches of rain in a 24 hour time span.

On Friday night, Harvey made landfall as a category 4 hurricane throwing off wind at speeds up to 130 miles per hour, baffling the National Weather Service who described the storm as “unprecedented”.

Spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, Dennis Feltgen, commented on the storm on Sunday morning in a press brief.

“Everything that we had hoped wouldn’t happen but was forecasted is happening. We have a catastrophic, life-threatening flood event taking place over southeastern Texas, including the Houston metropolitan area. It’s bad now and it’s getting worse.”

Rescue workers searched tirelessly on Sunday for residents who had been trapped and injured in their homes and vehicles.

It is estimated that over 1000 people were rescued overnight after immense flooding in the area.

Emergency response teams are struggling to keep up with the surge of 911 calls from residents requesting evacuation assistance.

Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, said that 911 operators have been swamped with over 2000 calls since rescue efforts have begun.

“I know people who call 911 may not be getting a response. Let’s give preference to the life-threatening calls,” said Turner.

To make matters worse, the National Hurricane Center reports that there will be additional rainfall to come, leaving the storm surge warning in parts of the Texas region to remain in effect.

As of today, Harvey has stalled over the city of Houston and nearly 50 inches (4 feet) of rain have been forecasted to fall through Thursday, continuously creating hazards despite the dissipation of the heavy winds.