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[♪] breaking tonight, historic reins pound texas causing catastrophic flooding with large-scale rescue efforts underway. thank you for joining us for our special coverage. houston and surrounding areas are being hit. it's nowhere near over yet. we have live coverage of the storm. the record-breaking flooding and what still to come. we begin with matt finn who is on the ground among the
hardest hit in southwest houston. what's the latest there. >> this is a very large residential area. we talked to houston police and they say this is one of the hardest hit area. they are pouring resources into the area. we been here for a few hours. people have abandoned their homes. a short while ago a woman was locked out with a tv covered by plastic and that seems like that was basically all she had. there are steady walls of rain. we been on the ground for about 48 hours and this has been pretty consistent. as you see, your heart goes out to the people who live there and it's kind of horrifying because you said yourself, this water has to keep going somewhere. it's collecting in this neighborhood. obviously it's nighttime and it makes it much more difficult for people to get in-and-out. i would say half of the apartment are now evacuated. a short while ago on fox, a female vote broke through here and there were officers shouting in the home. if you have women or children or if you are sickly, please come out. will be much more difficult later for people to make these
rescues. take a listen to one of the female officers we spoke to just a short while ago. >> let's go over here. we wanted to get to the people who were medically ill. we been to those addresses, we've checked the house and our moving back toward our collection point. that's where we will pick up people on the way, children or other people who are sick. >> what were you shouting. >> we were asking if there any sicker young children who need to go and get out of here. were heading back in right now. >> what have you seen. >> a lot of people taking to the freeway, most the people who, they were prioritized as injured or could not get out, were taking a lot of animals and dogs and cats, whatever we can get in the vote. >> in addition to the votes we have some choppers overhead. we witnessed some people being lifted up into those choppers. right here behind me, a photographer is doing in a
excellent job. you can see a couple cars that are probably almost entirely underwater. there was a young lady who we spoke to who said she tried to get her car out last night but it was too late. now she she watched her cargo underwater and she said it will probably be an entire loss. >> we just moved over here wednesday and i mean, this is very sad and heartbreaking. >> we have seen some people abandon their homes. you sell your neighbors pack up and leave. >> yes, they been here since 1999. it really hurts. >> where you go from here. authorities are saying this could last for the next few days. might you leave your home
eventually. >> i hope everybody gets out safe. it's really sad. it doesn't look like it's going to get no better either, at all. >> rick, what makes us so terrifying, when we originally got to texas we were in more the coastal areas. we were there as the hurricane hit and the strong wind and hurricane and not tapered off. i went from a category four to a 3201. some people say maybe this thing is over but no, forecasters keep saying, an emergency assessors keep saying this could be a three, four, five day event. our forecasters said the wind may not be the most damaging part. it will be this consistent rain. it is a wall of saturating rain. the people in this area are probably bracing for much more. this is perhaps just the beginning of the flooding.
it's a huge residential area in houston. >> that young woman seem to be handling things pretty well. this is a devastating and life-changing event for so many people. perhaps hundreds of thousands or more in the houston area. i'm just wondering if there's others that you've met that are shellshocked. what kind of reaction are you getting. >> when we first got this neighborhood several hours ago in broad daylight, we witnessed a few families walking out, just in that shellshocked speechless. we have some video and pictures but there was one family who put their little dog on a pool raft. that was perhaps the only thing they had to float their dog along. we asked him what you doing and they said we just left our house. you could see that speechless shock come over them.
i think most people kind of realized what were standing in was the push coming to the shop. if you stay here it might be very dangerous. >> you know, there was no mandatory evacuation. if there was, maybe things would've been different. we were in some counties along the coastal areas where there was a mandatory evacuation issued their by the county judg judge. he told us he had 36000 people in that county and he thought most of them of evacuated. here in houston, it's a different story. >> the governor said hundreds of thousands of homes could be lost. >> hundreds of thousands of homes, and meanwhile you have all these first responders trying to rescue people. i know some of them have suspended operations, but officials say others are still working through the night. have you seen any sign of that? >> well, you know we just thought that theme about come through about an hour ago and they were screaming, if
they're sick or elderly or children, please come out. i can only imagine they're going in-and-out to the streets of this neighborhood. in the past hour we saw fema come through here. we are in one portion of this neighborhood so we can tell you exactly the number of rescue crews but i can only imagine they are working around the clock. for the sunset just a few hours ago, there was a consistent chopper in this neighborhood. we couldn't get close to where it was and we couldn't make it there safely but it has been a consistent steady stream of choppers. were staying in the downtown area which has a lot of businesses and there was a steady stream of police. everywhere you looked, just about every block was a police car. were talking to emergency management officials. we've identified some of the places they are being rescued. would like to get there in the
next couple hours to bring you there story of people who were plucked out of their homes or yards or out of the community like this. >> all right. thank you. be safe. will check in with adam who's been tracking the every moment for days. 9trillion gallons of water has fallen from the storm. now, we are hearing we are going to get a lot more. >> may be double that. unfortunately the real problem is we just haven't seen a lot of movement. the spots that have been in the storm, they continue to be there. that show you what's coming up at the rotation, if you go back over, all of the rain and thunderstorms are to the east. everything in the red polygon is a tornado watch. currently none are in play. just the last couple minutes, you get those little polygons,
not necessarily the most powerful tornadoes, maybe an ef zero or the f1 but if folks are out there, that could be a problem for them. nonetheless, even everywhere else there dropping heavy rain very quickly, as much as four or 5 inches. hour and that just adds to the rain that has nowhere to go. all that rain has nowhere to soak in. where is this going next, monday into tuesday, most of the activity on the eastern half into tuesday, wednesday, you're seeing how it's just not moving. we see that activity. by tuesday, wednesday thursday it will drift back over the houston area. you will see numbers pile up. we already had 25, 28 inches in several areas.
you put us up to 50 inches of total precipitation and that's what houston gets in a typical year. it's really incredible, it's almost hard to believe and it's a huge area. you're stretching out there for good hundred miles, really targeting portions of eastern texas. it's a big one and it's one will pay close attention too. how does this happen, that's what a lot of people have been asking. this is the entire path of harvey. it flew up there into the gulf of mexico, hit texas and stop. why did it stop? it's that high-pressure system. it would've loved to keep moving but it has nowhere to go and will have to fizzle out. >> a year's worth of rainfall in a week. >> thank you. work check back a little later. joining us now on the phone, the mayor of galveston.
i can't even imagine what you've been dealing with. tell us about the conditions in your town. >> to say the least it's been an unusual four or five days. there's been many storms but none that lingered on this long. for my selfish perspective in galveston, we are very blessed. we haven't been hit like houston and some of our neighbors to the north. we've had a lot of rain but we been able to turn it off. we've had the tides go up and down but down enough to get some drainage. all in all we are faring pretty well. >> i know galveston has seen its share of hurricanes. i've been there for one or two. you're saying this one was not as bad as some of the previous storm. >> for us it was not. we've been really blessed in comparison.
this was mild compared to hurricane ike and felicia. >> what about power. spots of towns have been without power but our provider has been bringing them back pretty quickly. there's just a few hundred homes out of power as we speak. >> we know at least 250 roads and highways have been closed across the state. i imagine it might be tough to get in-and-out. >> it definitely is, especially with i 45 which is our main exit artery being blocked. dickinson is about 20 miles up the road so were good for the next three or four days but were going to need fuel and various supplies that will have to get here somehow. the roads in galveston are passable tonight. it's not business as usual but were certainly thinking of our neighbors to the north.
>> was there an evacuation order given in galveston and the people heed the warning. >> we had a voluntary evacuation on our far west end which has been the worst hit. that would be beyond our seawall protection. many of those people did evacuate. some of actuate at the hotels on the island. this was strange. i've been listening to your sho show, you like to get evacuations during these events but most of our people would've evacuated to austin, san antoni antonio. there is really no place to send them. since this was not going to be a real wind event for us like it was down in rockport, we opted not to have a mandatory evacuation. we will shelter in place and
is actuate our low-lying areas. >> and must tear you up to see the pictures and hear the stories coming out of houston. >> every storm is different. we had hurricane ike about nine years ago. >> we appreciate your time very much tonight. thank you very much and please stay safe. >> thank you. >> rescue efforts underway in areas all over the south texas and houston for people who stay behind in dire need of shelter and help. the red cross, as always, is there. joining us on the phone as the communications officer for the texas gulf coast region. >> thanks for being with us. what can you tell us. >> it is, as you can see, it is quite dire. i've lived in houston 25 years and never really seen weather like this. this is something very different. it hits you and it stays and it lingers. gotta say, i'm grateful there
are organizations that are out there working so hard to be able to keep people safe and sheltered during this time. last night we sheltered more than 1800 people up and down the texas gulf coast and 34 shelters. it takes a lot of volunteers, it takes a lot of people who are giving so much. texans are pretty tough and i'm seeing that right now. >> what are your biggest needs tonight. >> our focus is on safety, first and foremost. we had to prepare for disasters like this throughout the year. you don't want to have to, but we do. we've had shelters on standby for quite some time. what we really need is to keep everybody moving, keep hundreds of volunteers out there providing food, shelter, comfort and donations.
those donations do help. it's as easy as texting ten dollars and then ten dollars will go to the red cross. to be able to provide the food , the mental health services, help people find their medication, there's so much that goes into this. we will be there for the long haul. we've got resources and food for up to 20000 people. we have more resources coming in. we need to be there for the long haul or grateful to the people who help us with that. >> the texas governor spoke earlier about the red cross and the need to donate, to make sure you have what you need. read cost.org. 1800 help now for people who want to donate and assist you in what you're doing to assist the others out there. we appreciate your time. thank you.
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>> you're very familiar with these kind of disasters. what is the first thing they need to be doing down there and what's the most important thing they need to focus on. >> the things they are doing right now are absolutely the right things to be doing. were definitely in the response mode and search and rescue mode and that's very important. there are lots of people in need of rescue and lots of people who have been rescue in need of shelter. those are the right things to be doing right now and i'm very confident in the first response capabilities of the state of texas and the city of houston. at this stage we walk among the heroes of the nypd and fdny everyday and i'm very happy to say that having been around the country, every community has that. every community has those capability with the capability to go out and do that. i feel good right now about the response capability. >> they are working under incredibly challenging and
hazardous condition. >> they are. it's very dangerous, and as we know, the first responders have a sense of duty that causes them to push beyond their own limits. we have to watch for that, the local officials have to make sure the rotating and other teams and other responders who can help keep people fresh and safe because it is an extended response. this will not be overnight. it will be several days. >> texas is getting help from numerous states. how difficult is it to coordinate all these other agencies that send their own rescue teams in to help out. >> it used to be pretty difficult. now it's much better. after 911 we put in a nationwide system so that no matter where we go in the country, we all follow the same basic routine. it actually makes it pretty easy to have people from another part of the country step in to an operation as long as everything is properly coordinated and planned.
>> in terms of what you've seen so far, and terms of the other events you been a part of, how does this compare. >> i'm getting worried now. last night i felt like it looked like florida hurricanes from 2004 where we had strong hurricanes and damage but not the level of devastation that leads us to use catastrophic terms. it's hard to tell from the images but when we see large areas underwater it starts to feel more like katrina. seen people being rescued from the roofs of their homes brings back memories that we as americans don't want to have. >> and this is a very flat area, a spreadout city, very flat, low-lying. the average elevation is 50 feet and they're talking about 25, 30 more inches of rain coming and nowhere for the rain to go. >> it's really scary. there's no city in this
country that has the drainage system that can handle this kind of a day louche so it's not the fault of city of houston, it's just can't be designed to handle this much. this is what we will get. what i'm worried about is what comes after. i hope we can continue this rescue operation, minimize the loss of life and injuries but i'm worried about what happens next. we used to think people can live in shelters for 30 days, we learned after katrina, that doesn't work. i hope plans are in place for what comes next. >> and that they have enough help. there's no way rescue teams in texas can keep up the pace thereat right now for any extended period of time. >> that's correct for this great system like the team from new york to keep coming in, rotating in, making sure everyone's rested. i think that will go pretty well. >> were seeing a call for volunteers and there were a lot of very heroic people who brought votes and were driving through floodwaters, saving people and helping local
officials get out of those flooded homes. there's also got to be some concern that they are trained and may go into areas they should be going into, trying to do the right thing and wind up in trouble themselves. we've heard about rescuers who needed rescuing. >> that happens all the time. we love and rely on those spontaneous first responders. great teams that come from new york city and other parts of the country, takes a while to get there. they have plans and have to make sure they get all their gear. in the meantime, many lifesaving rescues are performed on every disaster by spontaneous volunteers, by which i mean neighbors putting themselves at risk to help each other. we want them to be careful and thoughtful about what they do. we don't want them to be victims themselves but we know many times those are the absolute first people that might get there to be of the help those in need, especially vulnerable populations. >> we appreciate your time. thank you.
>> will move on to our own caroline shively who is in houston which is also very hard hit. she's been seeing crazy stuff today. what's it look like tonight. >> it's rough. gotta tell you, it has really started to pour they say get ready for tonight, they're right. a little sunshine, this is what i can bring you. if you're familiar with this town, the water is going down. over on 610 earlier today, even where we were in the galleria at the earlier start of the day, you're not seeing the water go down anywhere. it was coming up and bubbling out of manholes. any type of drainage, it was coming the wrong way. we are excited to see the water like that. i don't know how long it will hold. it's really starting to come down. as we mentioned earlier, we were in breezewood. it's interesting, we were hearing from the mayor.
they said you regret we didn't order evacuations and he said absolutely not. my crew talk to some folks who were loaded up in sitting dump trucks and taken out of their area and brought to hotels and corners like this to try to get relatives to come get them. they said look. had we known it was can be this bad, had someone told me go get a hotel, drive north, we would've done it. those folks are feeling a little let down by the city. they are in safe area and it's now. they are at hotels. we saw toddlers and kids, we saw the parents and nowhere to ride this out. the first storm may be gone that we are fine. look for whole on the roof and you'll know we may need your help. this part of houston is looking pretty good. it's the driest street we've
been on all day. >> they interviewed a woman earlier who said she absolutely would've evacuated if she had been given warning to get out, she didn't want to lose all her stuff and she didn't want to get caught up in that. it's not surprising to hear that others might feel the same way. >> we spoke with one woman and she said i have no warning. i woke up and i made my tea and my husband was getting ready for work in the water started coming in. she said it was as high as your bellybutton. the refrigerator flipped over. the garage was gone. she had a laundry basket of all her belongings. she threw some close and pitch she said i didn't even brush my teeth. had i known i would've gotten out of town thursday. there are some very upset folks. the folks on the ground, the deputy, the police officers are doing amazing work and are doing it hand-in-hand with the volunteers. make no mistake. they could be doing this without the folks who have their hunting vote jumping in, giving a hand and also the people volunteering at the shelter. that will be the big question. can they hold all these people
because those rescues, i have a feeling we will be straight back out by the bayous later. >> we saw one car drive behind you. any talk of a curfew for the city of houston. >> this area, were not under a curfew here. we found the one open gas station which is very exciting for crew with a large truck. there are areas with curfew. they have seen some looting and robberies. we saw them here earlier they said look, were here and we want people to see us on the corner. if you're going after these homes that are evacuated, that you see no one home or these businesses, we have lineup of various businesses. we are here and we are going to stop you. it's a pretty ugly night but we haven't seen hardly anybody on the road. couple cars and lockers but not too many. >> you think about the police officers being called into duty to help with the rescues
and keeping people safe, also continuing to enforce the law in ridiculous conditions. it's a tough situation for everyone. we hope you can find some rest and some hot coffee in the gas station. >> up next, an update from the weather center on the path of the storm. more rain on the way. we will talk about that in a moment. you won't see these folks at the post office. they have businesses to run. they have passions to pursue. how do they avoid trips to the post office? stamps.com mail letters, ship packages, all the services of the post office right on your computer. get a 4 week trial, plus $100 in extras including postage and a digital scale. go to stamps.com/tv and never go to the post office again.
>> historic reins pound texas causing catastrophic flooding. large-scale rescue efforts continue. let's check in with matt finn who is on the ground. what can you tell us now. >> rick, the rain continues to come down. a short while ago, we had this vote or vessel pull-up and it had some fireman on it. they told us, we hope to bring you that, they been doing rescues all day long. he took it upon himself to do the rescues. they both expressed how upset
they are. they said they didn't receive an e-mail or evacuation order and i believe one of the firemen said he kinda blames the mayor and another one of firemen who have rank said he was upset with how all this has on down. were not casting any blame but they say they've rescued people from rooftops. i want to bring in this gentlemen name oscar. you live here, you've got some kids back here. >> so we heard about the evacuation and being flooded so we just try to get my mother to save haven. there's some people who don't want to leave. they try to tell them we have to leave so that's my main concern. >> how are you feeling? what are the emotions going through your mind. >> didn't give us no warning, we thought it was just gonna be in-and-out situation. without a just last two or
three days and we be home by friday. were just trying to get somewhere where we can be safe. >> wedding you choose to leave earlier. >> we've been working and babysitting and by the time we got out, the water was gone so we had a weight in the water line. there's been a lot of situations that have been harmful to us right now so were just trying to take the situation and go with the next. >> how to get out of here with your family. >> wait on the next vote. there's no way no way to leave right now. the only way to leave is on a vote. the firemen, that's true, it was crazy but were just waiting patiently for the next vote and hopefully something will come through to get us a ride out here. >> anything else you want to point out. >> get on your knees and hope for the best and i hope everyone is safe right now. i'm praying myself. >> thoughts and prayers are
with you. we hope your family makes it out okay. >> back to you in new york. >> that's remarkable that he is waiting on the next vote to get out of his neighborhood. it sounds like the other woman you spoke with would have evacuated had in order been given. >> she said that on camera. that was just about an hour or two ago. it's not my place to say what should or shouldn't of been done. i know the state law or the politics but we've talked to many people have said had there been mandatory evacuation they would follow that. >> one of the things the mayor said was the challenge of evacuating 4 million people from harris county and houston would've been daunting and who knows where they would've gone and whether they would've been any safer. people iran out of gas last time they tried to evacuate so i guess they were weighing the lesser of two evils. in this case it sounds like many of her first responders think they should have given an order and got more people out of their before these heavy rains and floods came
in. >> those two we just interviewed, both asked if they would talk to us and they did. they were both extremely upset. you could see the frustration in their face. i asked them, do you think the mayor could've done a better job and he said that the question for the mayor. one of the other officers cast blame on the mayor and the city and said they didn't receive any e-mail or warning. that's what they said. we are just quoting them. >> we know these can be incredibly challenging on so many levels. in terms of communication, our cell phones working in that area where you are now? are they able to talk to each other. >> our cell phones have been working so far. at&t and verizon have been working pretty well. >> that's good to know. we appreciate your time. thank you. >> speaking of, i'm getting an alert on my phone right now. >> will check back in with
adam who is life in the weather center with the latest. we talk about the volume of water that fell. i read the washington post had an article that said it would fill 14 million empire state buildings. will it cover the entire 48 continental united states with a thin sheet of water. all 48 states. that's how much water has fallen already. >> it's an absurd amount of water. you're talking about 25 inches over a huge span and that's what we've already currently seen. of course that piles up. where is it coming from, this has all been rolling off the gulf of mexico. this is sitting close enough that you can kind of see it at the bottom of your screen. there is always a source for more rain. as long as it's been the can always pick up more moisture moved inland and drop it. that's the case right now. here's what it looks like across the region and houston still has darker colors, heavy
downpours with no sign of it stopping. even as this moves out, more moves onshore and that's been the trend and that will continue to be the trend for the overnight hours. how much have we seen? it's very widespread. you're going 100 miles in different directions and looking at spots getting up to 25 inches. it does begin to fall out. but the light colors, that's where you're getting up to 25, 28-inch range. the most impressive numbers are right on the metro area. some of these white shading, that's the 25. the purples are still in the 20 range. the numbers just climbing climbing crime. we've been seeing it throughout this entire day. is there any relief in sight? unfortunately not. here's where the system spins, not a ton of movement. drifting back down, even more so over the coast will pick up a little more moisture and that's taking you into tuesday. you're not looking at a lot of movement. the rain will continue.
it did eventually run back overtop of houston bringing more rain. finally clearing out on wednesday, thursday or friday. we've still got a long stretch of time where we will talk about this rain falling. that's why we can say were only halfway through this thing. these, it looks exactly the same as what i just showed you. it's not the exact same. this is what still to come. we've seen 25 inches, our indications are we could see another 25 inches. again, only halfway through. >> so often we hear forecast and no offense to your profession but they often don't lift up to the prediction spread how did harvey compare? >> we knew fairly early on that we would see spots getting up to 50 inches of rain. it was hard to believe because we saw those numbers and you never see those numbers. if anything, they have shifted further off toward the east so
they may be making an area like houston a little more of a bull's-eye but these numbers have been verified for what we've been seeing a couple days ago. >> do you think we will see flooding in louisiana. >> it's going that direction, it is shifting that way but we just won't have the time. the system won't spend as much time as louisiana as it is in portions of texas. >> thank you. joining me now on the phone, communications director for the attorney general's office but what's the latest update. >> it's dark in texas. with that comes positive effects and negative effects. the positive effects are that law enforcement officials and first responders have time to rest, regroup, recharge, replan for daylight. the negative affect as the rain is still falling and with the darkness, it's harder to continue to rescue efforts. in a sense, the night works for us and against us.
>> mark, your hope is obviously to get to as many people as possible as soon as possible, but you also can't risk the lives of the first responders. >> that's why i say at night there's just only so much we can do. i will say this, the people in the affected areas today really did a good job. our state leaders, the governor, the attorney general, so many on television begging people to heed the advice of our law enforcement officers, and people dead. i believe a lot of efforts that were enacted today were successful. we will have positive results from people obeying law enforcement and tonight, just like we did in corpus christi two nights ago, we just have to watch and wait and tomorrow everything will ramp back up and rescue efforts will continue. >> the city of houston earlier said there were at least 1100 people rescued by the city of
houston. we know other agencies have been plucking people from homes. do you have any number on the total number of people who have been rescued and any idea how many more might be saving? >> i think that would be like asking a quarterback how many people were in the stands. it's impossible, during the action to be able to tell how many people have been or need to be rescued. i know this. we talk a lot about houston. there are so many communities and cities in the surrounding areas and counties. the eastern border of the town is one river and the western border is the same bernard river and there were those two rivers made mary on main street downtown. we just have to pray and get people rest so they can go
back to work tomorrow. >> i hear your voice how devastating this is for you. >> it's awful. these are people, i have family in this region and i know and love people, i've spent years going to my grandparents house down there, that was disney when we were kids. it's hard to sit back and watch. these are students and administrators in a space that we love. we are resilient. we are seeing american hearts united. people are coming together and texans are showing the heart to the world. >> we heard there were some 56000 calls to 911 between saturday afternoon and sunday morning. usually get separate thousand in a day. you're talking about seven times the number of 911 calls. >> it's massive.
we been talking about so many people who still need help. >> so we continue to beg people, life-threatening issues only. call 911. everyone else please be patient. your needs will be met but only those in dire life-threatening situation should call 911. >> thank you for all your work. >> pray for our people. thank you. >> we sure will. next we go to galveston t who are these people?
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massive flooding in texas. we are following another breaking story. the navy announced that the remains of all ten sailors killed on the uss john s mccain last week have been found. our thoughts and prayers are with their families. there's plenty more rain on the way. let's go to lauren who is live in galveston. we spoke with the mayor who said they dodged the bullet that it could've been a lot worse there. i'm wondering if you can speak to the resiliency. >> they did dodge a bullet if you would compare it to places like rockport or corpus christi. we don't see a lot of these
signs down or torn off. what the really dealing with is all the flooding. here in dickinson, you can kind of see behind me. that is the parking lot that has been turned into a lake. there's a couple feet of standing water. rescue crews have continued out here all day, all night. not sure if it's too dark to show you but there are votes still out there. there are rescue crews on them. they are holding flashlights, sweeping this area, looking for anyone, any vote. it snapped in half because this current, although on camera, you can see in person that it's a very strong current.
dangerous water. they cannot get in, they have to go up and down. they're looking for anybody, anyone stuck in a car, that's what they been bringing in on i 45. it's truly a tragic site as we saw them lined up on this highway. they have been waiting for them to come pick them up and take them to shelter. they have garbage bags full of whatever worldly possessions they were able to grab. there was one guy walking around in the only thing he was carrying around was a signed jersey. it really shows you the human aspect of what these people consider to be the most prize-winning possession.
some didn't have anything but the close on their back. >> it's so impressive these guys are still out here and working in the night. i assume they're looking for a people. >> we had quite a scare earlier today. there was a bit of a commotion. some people thought they saw somebody in there but it ended up not being anything. that was a very good thing that they did not find anybody. that is what they're looking for. they're looking for anyone, anything that might be under this water. i'm looking at almost a dozen people in one of these votes. it looks like some of them have been rescued. this is an ongoing issue as the rain is starting to come down.
where i'm standing, didn't have very much water on it. i'm now standing in about a half inch of water. it's expected to go all night. >> a lot more rain on the way. we appreciate your time. >> cj waxes on the phone. >> good evening. i have just returned from rockport. they have no cellular coverage. assessing the damage, in a word they are hurting very bad. it is dangerous, there are trees across the street, telephone poles, power lines down, all over the community. some areas, 30 or 40% of the
homes are severely distracted or destroyed. >> we are looking at pictures of your town and it looks devastating. it looks like it's been ripped to shreds. >> that's a pretty good description. devastation is a good word. i'm not looking at the tv right now so i can't comment. >> were there people in any of these home? >> we issued a mandatory evacuation on wednesday of this week and we estimate 30 - 40% of the people in our community remained behind. we have had one confirmed death.
we have had him number of injuries come in none of which were life-threatening. the worst case was a broken leg. we've had a lot of people injured but we've had superb response from state and federal agencies. they are coming in to rebuild the infrastructure. >> can you even wrap your head around what kind of task that's going to be and what rebuilding will take. >> it is a huge task and it will take a long time. there is no water pressure. there is very limited gas and there are leaks due to the storm. there is no sanitary sewer, no water, no electricity.
every business in town is closed and unable to open because it has no power and has no people. we are dependent on outside sources to bring us water and food, and we are trying to do our best to get people out of our community to a place where they can be supported and handled. >> it looks like it will be very difficult to get around part of your town based on the water i'm seeing on some of the roads. >> the water is one thing but even more significant is the inability to make the passage because of downed power lines which may be live. we don't need people or
curiosity seekers out who may injure themselves severely. >> we appreciate your time. we sincerely hope you get the help you need. >> please, stay with the fox news channel for all the latest on tropical storm harvey and the devastating flooding. our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected. thank you for watching. i'm rick leventhal. we will see you next time.