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Trump Surveys ‘Epic’ Damage As Harvey’s Rains Lash Texas

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump receive a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts with Texas Governor Greg Abbott (L) in Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The following is an excerpt from Ernest Scheyder and Peter Henderson | August 27, 2017 | reuters.com

HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Texas on Tuesday to survey the damage of Tropical Storm Harvey, the biggest natural disaster of his tenure, as record-setting rainfall lashed Houston and tens of thousands of people fled flooded homes.

The slow-moving storm has brought catastrophic flooding to Texas, killing at least 11 people and paralyzing Houston, the fourth most-populous U.S. city. City officials were preparing to shelter up to 19,000 people, with thousands more expected to flee the area as the flooding entered its fourth day.

A wide swath of Houston and its surrounding suburbs were under water and forecasters warned the rain would continue through Thursday, stressing the dams and drainage systems that protect the low-lying U.S. energy hub.

Officials in Harris County, where Houston is located, warned area residents to evacuate as they released water from overflowing reservoirs to alleviate pressure on two dams, a move that would add to flooding along the Buffalo Bayou waterway that runs through the area.

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