Texas governor says flooding in Houston may be worst ever

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Governor Greg Abbott gave updates on the current situation happening around the southeastern part of Texas Monday afternoon from Corpus Christi. "Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days", the NWS said in a statement.

Pence said Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Cabinet officials would visit Tuesday. It's historic. It's like Texas. "We will assess better how we can help as we get further information about the needs from the (Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops) and Catholic Charities".

A family of six was believed to have drowned in a van while trying to escape Hurricane Harvey in Harris County, Houston-based KHOU reported Monday.

At least five people have died from the storm.

Harvey, which has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, has been blamed for several deaths, including a woman killed on Monday in Porter, a town northeast of Houston, when a large oak tree dislodged by heavy rains toppled onto her trailer home.

Abbott mentioned he and Long will head to Rockport after Corpus Christi.

"There is a reality we have to come to grips with: We are just beginning the process of responding to this storm", Abbott told reporters. It's the same pump, WWNO adds, that had recently undergone repairs after "flooding earlier this month exposed infrastructure failures and unreported maintenance issues". John Cornyn, R-Texas. "Praying for you Houston Please everyone in Texas stay safe".

An abandoned vehicle sits in flood waters on the I-10 highway in Houston, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. "We're praying for you, we're working closely with your leaders and officials, and I will be visiting the impact zone tomorrow to ensure that you're receiving full support", he said.

The White House point man on the storm, Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, echoed the president's tweet in a separate interview on This Week Sunday, saying that Trump "doesn't want to get in the way" of relief efforts. "The answer is yes'".

Abbott said he declared a State Disaster Declaration in 54 counties throughout Texas. He estimated 500,000 Americans could be eligible for disaster assistance.

Relief efforts are continuing around the state, too. Thousands of water rescues were initiated to help stranded residents that were trapped by floodwater. Some of those lessons - like how unchecked urban sprawl and paving over of wetlands and prairies have increased the risk posed by floods in Houston and other cities - were evident long before Harvey and ought to become more urgent in the storm's wake.