Residents are being warned to ‘get out or die’ as waters in a
nearby reservoir rise in an east Texas county and Harvey
continues to move northeast towards Louisiana, bringing more
rain and floods as people continue to evacuate and fill
already overcrowded shelters.
Officials in Tyler County, where river levels were expected to
rise to 82ft, told residents bleakly that if they did not leave,
their chances of rescue were slim.
‘Anyone who chooses not to heed this directive cannot expect
to be rescued and should write their social security numbers
in permanent marker on their arm so their bodies can be
‘The loss of life and property is certain. Get out or die!’ an
ominous late night post on the county’s emergency
department’s Facebook page.
There have been two explosions at the Arkema Inc. chemical
plant in Crosby, Texas, which flooded earlier in the week,
releasing toxic substances in to the area which have already
sent one police officer to hospital.
There is no clean water in Beaumont, which has a population
of 118,000, after the failure of two storms.
So far 38 people have been confirmed dead but the final
death toll will be much higher. More than 48,000 homes have
Beaumont was one of the areas suffering the most from the
aftereffects of Harvey on Wednesday, with many people still
in need of evacuations.
Harvey – which has now been downgraded to a Tropical
Depression – has moved out of Texas and is gradually
crawling up and out of Louisiana.
It will bring heavy rain to parts of Mississippi and Tennessee
and lighter showers will be seen in Kentucky, Alabama and
Arkansas but it will not come close to the 51 inches that fell
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