Levee breaches due to Harvey at Houston

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Almost five days after Hurricane Harvey touched Texas soil, the storm has broken state rainfall records and sparked unprecedented flooding across Southeast Texas and the city of Houston, where residents are desperate for relief.

The storm is already a record-breaking disaster.

Levees and dams in eastern Texas are struggling to contain massive amounts of water dropped on the area by Tropical Storm Harvey, with millions of gallons of water running over the tops of spillways at dams in the Houston area.

"Together, we will endure and we will overcome", he said."We are here with you today. and we will be with you every single day after to restore, recover and rebuild". The White House said he did not want his visit to disrupt the emergency response. The storm made landfall Friday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 130 miles per hour.

Housing Secretary Ben Carson said his department was reallocating assets from routine spending to disaster relief.

For comparison, check out this map that lists the rainfall records from similar storms in each state ahead of Hurricane Harvey.

Famous for its jazz music and cuisine, New Orleans was bracing for Harvey's rains on the very same date that it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

"We still have folks who don't have electricity, we still have folks who don't have plumbing", she said. Trump was in Corpus Christi earlier this morning, and has wrapped up a briefing in Austin, where he was joined by federal officials and multiple members of Congress. In total, the region could see some 40 inches of rainfall.

As many as nine storm-related deaths have been reported.

The curfew - midnight to 5 AM - was announced after police arrested a crew of armed robbers hijacking vehicles, and officials warned residents of people impersonating Homeland Security investigators. "'Woe is Houston?' That just encourages us further", he wrote on Twitter.

But the worst may not be over for storm survivors.

About 195,000 people have filed for financial assistance, and about $35 million in direct aid has been distributed - numbers expected to climb dramatically in the coming days and weeks, the chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.

"The weather outlook got a little better for us", Landrieu said at a news conference, ordering schools and local government to resume normal operations Wednesday.

The military's role in Harvey rescue and recovery efforts has been limited by weather and flooding but could soon expand by tenfold or more, a senior National Guard officer said Tuesday.