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08/30/2017 10:41 pm ET

As The Sun Shone In Houston, Harvey Wreaked Havoc In Other Texas Cities

Not everyone could start breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday.

CHINA, Texas ― As the sun came out in Houston for the first time in nearly a week Wednesday, Texans to the east of the city were inundated with rain and rising waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Floodwaters lap at the door of a home in Nome, Texas, a small town about 25 miles west of Beaumont.
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Floodwaters lap at the door of a home in Nome, Texas, a small town about 25 miles west of Beaumont.

Emergency lines in Port Arthur, a city about 91 miles east of Houston, were overloaded early Wednesday as severe weather kept responders from getting to victims.

By early afternoon, water raged over U.S. 90, known as Gulf Coast Highway, just northeast of Houston, preventing dozens of potential rescuers from reaching Port Arthur and Beaumont, which also experienced flash flooding and record rainfall. Traffic was backed up for miles around the area.

By 1 p.m., Nome, about 25 miles west of Beaumont, was also inundated. The water was at least 4 feet deep at the town’s post office.

The post office in Nome, Texas, was flooded Wednesday.
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The post office in Nome, Texas, was flooded Wednesday.

Many residents whose homes didn’t flood still found themselves trapped by the rising water. The city of China, between Nome and Beaumont, is on higher ground, but as of Wednesday night, it was surrounded by water on both sides of U.S. 90, thwarting evacuations.

U.S. 90 between Devers and China, Texas, west of Houston, is nearly impassable by 2 p.m. Wednesday. It was closed a shor
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U.S. 90 between Devers and China, Texas, west of Houston, is nearly impassable by 2 p.m. Wednesday. It was closed a short time later.
A home is deluged near Nome, Texas.
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A home is deluged near Nome, Texas.
Floodwaters rise in Nome, in southeast Texas.
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Floodwaters rise in Nome, in southeast Texas.
A military vehicle heads toward Port Arthur, on the Gulf Coast near the Louisiana border.
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A military vehicle heads toward Port Arthur, on the Gulf Coast near the Louisiana border.

Meanwhile, Houston still grappled with the storm’s devastation. Some residents were able to return to their devastated homes Wednesday as long lines snarled around open businesses as people hoped to pick up needed supplies. 

Harvey was downgraded to a tropical depression Wednesday evening as it moved toward Louisiana. Reuters reported that more than 30 deaths have been caused by the storm, though a final toll remains uncertain.

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