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Unprecedented Rainfall, Flooding Shuts Down Major Interstates, Highways in Southeast Texas

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With Topical Storm Harvey (downgraded from a hurricane) expected to continue to dump unprecedented amounts of rain over southeast Texas the rest of the week, transportation officials in the state are discouraging travel in the region due to historic flooding on highways and road, according to overdriveonline.com (8/28/17).

The Texas Department of Transportation is reporting nearly 350 road locations currently affected by high water in the Houston area alone, including I-10, I-45, I-610, I-69 and numerous U.S. and state highways.

According to the Weather Channel, the storm could dump as much as 50 inches of rain in some spots, which is the highest ever recorded from one storm in Texas. As of Monday morning, August 28, parts of southeast Houston had received as much as 30 inches of rain since August 24, the organization reports. There is a possibility of a slight restrengthening of the storm which may produce 15 to 25 inches of rain accumulation through Friday.

Following up onĀ emergency declarations issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Field Administrator for the Western Service Center and Southern Service Center declared states of emergencies for Texas and Louisiana, exempting truck drivers responding to the storm from hours-of-service and other regulations. Drivers covered under the declaration include those transporting supplies, equipment and people into or out of the states, or providing other emergency assistance resulting from Harvey.

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Interstate highway 45 is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey seen during widespread flooding in Houston on August 27.

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Police block traffic following closure of the I-10 freeway leading into Houston after Hurricane Harvey caused heavy flooding in the city on August 27.

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