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Houston residents anxious to start recovery, return to some normalcy

5 years 8 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, August 29 2017 Aug 29, 2017 August 29, 2017 10:08 PM August 29, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

HOUSTON - Dramatic rescues continued Tuesday throughout the Houston region. The area has now endured five days straight of rain.

President Donald Trump visited Corpus Christie Tuesday and received a briefing on the historic flooding.

"There's never been anything so historic as far as damage as far as ferocity we've seen with Harvey," Trump said.

There are some signs of life returning to normalcy, like a downtown bar popular among LSU alums. The business was open today, and Charles Dagostino said it's hard to believe the widespread damage being show on the news.

"What's frustrating is watching the news and we're all here, we can't leave. I want to go help rescue people but we're stuck in this moat, this island," Dagostino said.

A pair of reservoir dams built some 70-years ago are making matters worse in the area. The dams were built to protect downtown Houston, but they have now overflowed the levees.

"The streets are going being flooding. They will continue to flood. New streets will continue to flood. New homes will continue to flood," Jeff Linder said.

Thousands of flood victims were packed into the convention center for shelter. Hundreds of more volunteers waited outside, including a nurse who specializes in mental health.

"I'm a physician assistant and I'm a counselor. and they were saying they needed help with a lot of the mental health stuff and the medical stuff and I figured I could help with one of the two," the woman said.

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