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Second death confirmed as floodwaters rise in Texas

Second death confirmed as floodwaters rise in Texas
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By Robert Hackwill
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Torrential rain from Tropical Storm Harvey has claimed a second life in Texas as floodwaters rise.

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Rescue teams are fighting to evacuate hundreds of people in Texas and a second death has been confirmed as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to discharge torrential rain over the state.

Rising waters and flash floods are adding to the damage caused by Harvey’s hurricane-force winds, now abated, with the south-east of the state the worst hit.

There are no flights in or out of Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport, where there is standing water on the runway and the arrivals terminal is flooded. Residents of Houston reported flash floods several feet high, and rescuers are following up reports of a woman and child trapped in a submerged car.

Around 230,000 people are without electricity, and oil and gas production has been halted. Three prisons housing 4,500 inmates near the Brazos river had to be evacuated, and over 1000 soldiers have been deployed to help overstretched rescue services.

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