Tropical Storm Harvey caused widespread flooding in Houston, America’s fourth largest city, inundating homes and submerging highways on Sunday as residents hunkered down in anticipation of several more days of “unprecedented” rainfall.
The images on Twitter and networks evoked memories of the unforgettable flooding of Lagos on 8 July, when many parts of Victoria Island and Lekki were water-logged and movement on Ahmadu Bello Way was done with canoe.
Similar images were reported from Houston Sunday.
“The incessant rain covered much of Houston in turbid, gray-green water and turned streets into rivers navigable only by boat. In a rescue effort that recalled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, helicopters landed near flooded freeways, airboats buzzed across submerged neighbourhoods and high-wheel vehicles plowed through water-logged intersections. Some people managed with kayaks or canoes or swam”, reported AP.
The storm known as Harvey came ashore late on Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years and has killed at least two persons. The death toll is expected to rise as the storm triggers additional tidal surges and tornadoes, with parts of the region expected to see a year’s worth of rainfall in the space of a week.
According to Reuters, the storm has caused chest-deep flooding on some streets in Houston as rivers and channels overflow their banks. More than 25 inches (64 cm) of rain have fallen in some parts of the city, the National Weather Service said, forcing some residents onto their rooftops, while others sought refuge at emergency shelters.
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