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Dramatic Photos Show Texas Under Water, With Flooding Expected To Worsen

The muddy floodwaters have taken out highways, buildings and numerous cars.
The roof of a submerged car is just barely visible beneath a bridge in Houston on Sunday.
The roof of a submerged car is just barely visible beneath a bridge in Houston on Sunday.

Dramatic photos and videos published on social media and by HuffPost reporters have captured the destruction in parts of Texas after Hurricane Harvey barreled into the Gulf Coast, bringing potentially “historic” rain and flooding, according to weather officials.

“This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced,” the National Weather Service said.

Photos of downtown Houston show parks and highways in the nation’s fourth-largest city turned into muddy rivers as residents escaped to higher ground.

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“As you can see, Allen Parkway is completely underwater at this point,” a man says in one Periscope video that shows traffic lights flashing over the water.

Other photos capture cars partially submerged in the water, including an abandoned Hummer that had water nearly reaching its windshield.

Floodwaters nearly cover an abandoned Hummer along Interstate 610 in Houston on Sunday.
Floodwaters nearly cover an abandoned Hummer along Interstate 610 in Houston on Sunday.
Flooding on Interstate 10 outside of Houston.
Flooding on Interstate 10 outside of Houston.
A partially submerged highway sign in Houston.
A partially submerged highway sign in Houston.
A stranded motorist escapes floodwaters on Interstate 225 in Houston on Sunday.
A stranded motorist escapes floodwaters on Interstate 225 in Houston on Sunday.
Flooding on Interstate 10 outside of Houston.
Flooding on Interstate 10 outside of Houston.
More flooding outside of Houston.
More flooding outside of Houston.
People walk through the flooded waters of Houston on Sunday.
People walk through the flooded waters of Houston on Sunday.

One video taken by CBS News shows a man climbing out of his pickup truck as it floats down a submerged street. 

Houston-based station KHOU captured rainwater gushing into its lobby.

A resident of Houston's Bayou on the Bend apartment complex watches the first floor flood on Sunday.
A resident of Houston's Bayou on the Bend apartment complex watches the first floor flood on Sunday.

At a press conference on Sunday morning, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city has received “several hundred structural flooding reports, and we expect that number to rise pretty dramatically.”

The city’s emergency departments have also received more than 2,000 emergency calls, Turner said.

People in a boat following this weekend's heavy rain.
People in a boat following this weekend's heavy rain.
Andrew White (left) helps a neighbor down a street after rescuing her in his boat in Houston's River Oaks neighborhood.
Andrew White (left) helps a neighbor down a street after rescuing her in his boat in Houston's River Oaks neighborhood.
Volunteers and officers from the neighborhood security patrol help to rescue residents and their dogs in River Oaks on Sunday
Volunteers and officers from the neighborhood security patrol help to rescue residents and their dogs in River Oaks on Sunday.

Rain is expected to continue to fall in the area, with flash flood warnings in effect through Wednesday evening for portions of southeast Texas, according to the National Weather Service. The full list of cities impacted can be seen here.

Authorities have urged residents to stay off the roads for the time being. If you feel you must seek higher ground, the National Weather Service advises you to avoid attics and climb onto a roof, then call for help.

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