A night-time curfew has been imposed by the US city of Houston as it continues to fight the fallout from Tropical Storm Harvey.
Officials say there have been several incidents of looting, armed robberies and people impersonating police officers.
The storm turning slowly in the Gulf of Mexico has brought catastrophic flooding to the state of Texas, killing at least 12 people and paralyzing Houston, America’s fourth most populous city.
Houston authorities are preparing to temporarily house some 19,000 people, but with many more are expected to flee the area, they face a massive struggle to find space in already cramped shelters.
President Donald Trump visited the area on Tuesday to survey the damage and response to the first major natural disaster to test his leadership in a crisis; and there’s no let up in sight with forecasters predicting up to 30cm of rain on Thursday.