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Locals pull together in Texas rescue effort

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By Euronews
Locals pull together in Texas rescue effort

<p>Residents of Houston, Texas, have been asked not to leave their homes, as flooding caused by hurricane Harvey has made roads impassable.</p> <p>Those in desperate need of help have been advised to take to their rooftops, and to use sheets to attract attention.</p> <p>But emergency services can’t keep up with calls for help, as authorities instruct the public not to dial 911 unless their life’s in immediate danger.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It’s not a typical Sunday. <br /> While most were sleeping <span class="caps">NYPD</span> cops & <a href="https://twitter.com/FDNY"><code>FDNY</a> quietly left to Texas to offer help and do what they can. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USA?src=hash">#USA</a> <a href="https://t.co/LCBKHAfsFX">pic.twitter.com/LCBKHAfsFX</a></p>— NYPD NEWS (</code>NYPDnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYPDnews/status/901946169496088577">August 27, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>With emergency services at fall stretch, it’s down to locals to rescue their neighbours from houses under water.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Startling image prompts nursing home rescue in Texas <a href="https://t.co/KuvW5o3ICC">https://t.co/KuvW5o3ICC</a> <a href="https://t.co/k3WpWW6iXD">pic.twitter.com/k3WpWW6iXD</a></p>— Yahoo (@Yahoo) <a href="https://twitter.com/Yahoo/status/902054402307043328">August 28, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3>Noah’s Ark</h3> <p>One Houston resident, Simon Mumford, secured his home and family in the middle of the night, before going to the aid of others down his road at 3am:</p> <p>“[We] started grabbing different neighbors and getting them up in the second story here. So we had about 11 people, six dogs, two cats. A kind of a Noah`s Ark for the last seven to eight hours.”</p> <h3>Homes destroyed</h3> <p>High-water vehicles are ploughing through water-logged roads to haul entire families to safety.</p> <p>Whilst people are grateful to be rescued, however, their thoughts inevitably turn to the destruction being visited on their homes.</p> <p><a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/euronews/albums/72157685347284601" title="USA : Tropical Storm Harvey brings 'historic' floods to Houston"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4370/36722657271_828e877ec6_z.jpg" width="100%" height="423" alt="USA : Tropical Storm Harvey brings 'historic' floods to Houston"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>