Thousands of water rescues across inundated Houston

Thousands of water rescues across inundated Houston

Authorities in Houston say emergency personnel have conducted more than 3,500 rescues since Harvey’s floodwaters began overtaking the city.

Video from the deluged city shows a dramatic rescue by U.S. Customs and Border Protection of a person caught in fast moving water.

A second video by Houston TranStar, a regional transportation agency shows two individuals standing atop a mostly submerged vehicle, and then being rescued by personnel is a small inflatable watercraft.

The city’s fire chief has said his agency has responded to more than 1,000 calls for service – including 400 water rescues – since Harvey inundated much of the city.

A Pentagon official says the military’s contribution to Harvey rescue and recovery efforts could soon increase by tenfold or more.