Storm Harvey: Two more confirmed dead as Mayor orders mandatory evacuation of flooded homes

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Two more people have been confirmed dead in Texas in the wake of Storm Harvey, bringing the death toll to 44.

Officials in Harris County, Texas, confirmed a male body found floating in Cypress Creek floodwaters was a Harvey-related fatality.

And the family of an elderly woman found her body partially submerged in water in her flooded home in Port Arthur, Texas.

Justice of the Peace Brad Burnett told TV station KFDM on Saturday that the body of 88-year-old Dorothy Helen Lacobie was in her bedroom. He said the house had at least two feet of water in it.

People evacuating a Houston neighbourhood (AP)

The raised death toll came as the mayor of Houston ordered hundreds of people to evacuate their homes in parts of the city still flooded.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said about 300 people have stayed behind in western stretches of the city inundated by water that has been released from reservoirs.

Greeting: Donald Trump shakes hands with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner who ordered the evacuation (REUTERS)

He is now ordering those people to leave and said those who had stayed behind were endangering themselves and the emergency services.

There are 4,700 dwellings in the flooded area, including houses and apartments.

Texas: volunteers sort donated items in a makeshift distribution center (AP)

A representative for CenterPoint Energy said the utility would start cutting power to homes in the area at 7am on Sunday local time.

Meanwhile President Donald Trump made his second visit to the battered region, before returning to Washington on Saturday night.

He visited with members of the emergency services and others in Lake Charles, Louisiana, who helped during Harvey.

President: Trump gestures as he visits with flood survivors of Hurricane Harvey (REUTERS)

He was accompanied by his wife, first lady Melania Trump, and Louisiana’s governor, John Bel Edwards.

Mr Trump went to Lake Charles after first visiting Houston, where he visited a shelter and a church where people were picking up food, toiletries and other supplies.

Forecasters said what is left of Harvey – which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on August 25 before lingering off the coast as a tropical storm for several days – is no longer a flood or heavy rainfall threat.

National Weather Service meteorologist David Roth said the storm system still has rain, but not much more than moderate rain. He said it may still exist as a remnant low pressure system throughout Sunday.

The storm brought five straight days of rain totalling close to 52 inches in one location, the heaviest tropical downpour ever recorded in the continental US.


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