Houston flood: Addicks dam begins overspill

Officials: Do NOT climb into attics, go to roof to escape flooding

The release of water from the reservoirs will cause flooding to some neighborhoods downstream, and the Buffalo Bayou will rise about five inches per hour.

In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers early Monday began releasing water from two overfilled reservoirs in west Houston.

A major dam outside Houston has begun spilling over as Storm Harvey pushes the reservoir past capacity, Texas officials say.

Desperate flood victims trapped in their homes are taking to Twitter to plead for help. More than 30 inches (75 centimeters) of rain has fallen in some areas and almost 2 feet (60 centimeters) more is expected, leading authorities to fear the worst might be yet to come.

Officials said water levels wouldn't return to normal for weeks.

At least three deaths are attributed to the storm but many more people are missing and Acevedo previously said he's "really anxious about how many bodies we're going to find".

President Donald Trump is making an all-out push to show the federal government's responsiveness to the massive storm that has lashed the Texas coast and caused catastrophic flooding.

Calls for rescue have so overwhelmed emergency teams that they have had little time to search for bodies, and officials acknowledge that fatalities could soar once the floodwaters start to recede from one of America's most sprawling metropolitan centres.

"We know in these kind of events that, sadly, the death toll goes up, historically", Houston police chief Art Acevedo said.

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"Both reservoirs are rising more than half a foot per hour", Zetterstrom said, as quoted by ABC News.

"That area is under mandatory evacuation", said Sharon Trower, spokeswoman for Brazoria County.

The centre forecasts another 6 to 12 inches of rain across the upper Texas coast through to the weekend.

The National Hurricane Center says heavy rain from Harvey is expected to worsen flooding in Southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana.

The slow-moving storm has brought catastrophic flooding to Texas, led to mass evacuations and paralysed Houston, the fourth most-populous US city.

Heavy rain is predicted along the Gulf Coast, with the NHC warning of 5 to 10 inches of rainfall in southeastern Louisiana and coastal MS and Alabama and total rain accumulations of 5 to 15 inches across south-central Louisiana.

The storm was expected to make a slow turn to the northeast on Tuesday, placing the center just off the middle and upper Texas Gulf coast through Tuesday night before moving inland. "This may end up being one of the worst flood disasters in USA history".

Gates to Houston's reservoirs were opened as emergency crews and residents scramble to deal with the intense rains brought by Harvey, which became a tropical storm after making landfall as a Category 4 storm late Friday.

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