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Mapping the Devastation of Harvey In Houston

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Pounding rains and rapidly rising floodwaters caused by Hurricane Harvey inundated the city of Houston, a metropolitan area of 6.6 million. The storm made landfall late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and has dropped record levels of rain on the city.

Thousands of rescues have been requested.

Thousands of requests for rescue, often concentrated along bodies of water in the area, had been submitted to an online form as of Tuesday evening.

Airports closed, hospitals evacuated and water treatment plants flooded.

George Bush

Intercontinental Airport

Northeast Water

Purification Plant

ExxonMobil

Baytown

refinery

Royal Dutch

Shell refinery

Southeast Water

Purification Plant

George Bush

Intercontinental Airport

George Bush

Intercontinental Airport

Reservoirs filled to capacity

The Army Corps of Engineers began a controlled water release from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs into Buffalo Bayou early Monday. A voluntary evacuation order is in place for adjacent residential areas.

Hospital patients evacuated

Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena transferred almost 200 patients to nearby facilities and suspended its 24-hour emergency services Sunday. Floodwaters have prevented rescuers from reaching patients at Ben Taub Hospital.

Major airports shut down

Harvey halted nearly all operations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport due to flooding of the surrounding roads. William P. Hobby Airport also ceased all commercial flights Sunday morning.

Water plants not functioning

Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city’s Northeast Water Purification Plant was completely submerged as of 6 p.m. Sunday and that the Southeast Water Purification Plant was operating at five percent production.

Oil and gas facilities closed

ExxonMobil shut down operations at its Baytown refinery due to flooding and Royal Dutch Shell closed a large refining facility at Deer Park.

Water channels throughout the city overflowed …

Many of the bayous, flood channels and rivers around the city were well above the top of the water bank as of 4 p.m. Central time on Monday.

Source: Harris County Flood Control District

… and many roadways flooded.

Rising waters have closed major roads, frontage lanes and exits. Thousands of people have been rescued from flooded cars and homes, many of which were almost completely submerged.

Source: Houston TranStar, as of 3:15 p.m. Aug. 28.

Thousands in need of shelter

Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston said that 5,500 people had been taken in by the city’s shelters as of Monday morning, and that he expected that number to rise “exponentially” by the end of the day.

The George R. Brown Convention Center, which can accommodate up to 5,000 people, is the largest shelter. Most of the others are schools and churches that can handle anywhere from a dozen people to several hundred.

George R. Brown

Convention Center

George R. Brown

Convention Center

George R. Brown

Convention Center

Sources: Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management; City of Houston. As of 6 p.m., Aug. 28.

Houston is growing and vibrant economically, but it is divided.

The west and south along Brays and Buffalo Bayous are prosperous. The east, along the ship channel toward Pasadena, and the north are poorer.

Source: socialexplorer.com

We are continuing to provide updates on the storm’s impact on the region. Here are more maps on Harvey’s destructive path.

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