Smoke and explosion reported in flood-hit Texas chemical plant

Smoke and explosion reported in flood-hit Texas chemical plant

An explosion and smoke have been reported at the flood-hit Arkema SA chemical plant in Crosby, Texas. Two explosions and plumes of black smoke were reported Thursday morning at the flooded Arkema peroxide plant in Crosby, Texas, plant officials said. A deputy was taken to the hospital after he inhaled fumes from the plant, the Harris County sheriff’s office tweeted. Nine others drove themselves to the hospital as a precaution, the sheriff’s office said. The…

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Storm Harvey: family of 6 found dead in van

Storm Harvey: family of 6 found dead in van

Relatives are said to be “devastated” after police confirm the deaths of four children and their great-grandparents in flooding. Police say they have recovered the bodies of six family members whose van was swept off a Houston bridge during Storm Harvey. The van was carrying the Saldivar family when it was overtaken by violent flood waters near Greens Bayou on Sunday. Driver Samuel Saldivar escaped through a window but was unable to rescue the other…

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Louisiana braced for floods as Storm Harvey makes landfall for second time

Louisiana braced for floods as Storm Harvey makes landfall for second time

Tropical Storm Harvey has made landfall for a second time, bringing heavy rain to Louisiana after causing catastrophic flooding in Texas. The storm has killed at least 18 people and forced tens of thousands to leave their deluged homes in Houston and other parts of Texas. Although the weather system has weakened considerably, the National Hurricane Centre has warned “flooding rains” will drench southwestern parts of Louisiana. It is bringing maximum sustained winds of 45mph…

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Storm Harvey: 18 dead and over 13,000 rescued

Storm Harvey: 18 dead and over 13,000 rescued

At least 18 people have died and 13,000 more have been rescued as Tropical Storm Harvey dumps record rainfall in and around Houston. As thousands of people fled their deluged homes, Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, imposed a curfew amid reports of looting and armed robberies. Officials say they have received disturbing reports of people impersonating Homeland Security special agents and telling residents to evacuate in order to rob their homes. The heaviest tropical downpour in…

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Beyonce offers aid to Houston flood victims

Beyonce offers aid to Houston flood victims

Beyonce has pledged to “help as many” victims of Hurricane Harvey as she can, as her home city of Houston braces itself for more rainfall. “I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” said the star. She added she was working with her charity and her pastor “to implement a plan to help”. Houston has been hit by…

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Houston flood in pictures

Houston flood in pictures

Water is so deep in places in Houston that it almost reaches signage over roads. Much of the city’s road system has been overwhelmed by floodwaters. Many shelters have been set up, including at a convention centre. Officials say 30,000 people are expected to be housed in these emergency shelters. Scores of vehicles are submerged across the city, with some owners having to be freed by emergency workers. The coastguard has been among the rescuers…

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Houston flood: Addicks dam begins overspill

Houston flood: Addicks dam begins overspill

A major dam outside Houston has begun spilling over as Storm Harvey pushes the reservoir past capacity, a Texas official says. Engineers have tried to prevent nearby communities from being inundated by releasing some of the water held by the Addicks dam. But flood control official Jeff Lindner says water levels are now over the height of the reservoir edge. Harvey has brought huge floods to Texas and is starting to affect Louisiana. Unprecedented rainfall…

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Harvey rescuers fear Texas death toll will rise dramatically

Harvey rescuers fear Texas death toll will rise dramatically

Concerns are growing for Texans trapped by the flooding, with six relatives feared dead after their van was submerged by water. Officials in Houston have warned the number of deaths from Tropical Storm Harvey could rise dramatically once devastating floodwaters have receded. At least nine people have been killed by the slow-moving storm in Texas, but many others have been reported missing by worried loved ones. Image: Boats replace vehicles on the roads in east…

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Pensioners trapped in Texas care home flooded by Storm Harvey

Pensioners trapped in Texas care home flooded by Storm Harvey

A shocking photo shows care home residents sitting in rising floodwaters, as forecasters warn further rainfall is on the way. Fifteen pensioners have been rescued from a nursing home in Texas after flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey left them trapped in waist-high waters. Timothy McIntosh posted a shocking photograph that showed elderly residents of the La Vita Bella facility “almost underwater”. He appealed for the emergency services to rescue the pensioners “as soon as possible”,…

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Texas floods disaster to get worse, with up to 30,000 people forced into shelters

Texas floods disaster to get worse, with up to 30,000 people forced into shelters

Emergency agencies say more flooding is expected to force up to 30,000 people in Texas into shelters. Tropical storm Harvey is set to dump more rain on Houston on Monday, with forecasters warning the flooding will peak on Wednesday and Thursday. To make matters worse, the US Army Corps, which has been helping the relief effort, says it will be forced to release water from two reservoirs near the city into a bayou running through…

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