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Thousands needing rescue, city opens massive shelter as Houston floods

9 months 3 weeks 5 days ago Sunday, August 27 2017 Aug 27, 2017 August 27, 2017 10:54 AM August 27, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press, ABC News
Image: CNN
HOUSTON  - Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says emergency personnel have responded to more than 2,000 calls to 911 for rescues in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. He said priority was being given to life-threatening calls.
  
Turner also said at a news conference Sunday that he has ordered the downtown George R. Brown Convention Center opened as a shelter as floodwaters inundated much of the city.
"This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced. Follow orders from officials to ensure safety," The National Weather Service said Sunday morning.
The flooding comes after the hurricane, which has now left at least three people dead, as buildings and parts of communities are now submerged, according to ABC News. 
  
Turner also urged people not to drive, as numerous streets and roadways in Houston were flooded Sunday.
  
The George R. Brown Convention Center has 1.8 million square feet of space.
Some parts of Houston and west of the city may receive a Texas record of 50 inches of rain as the now Tropical Storm stalls over Texas, according to the National Weather Service.

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