Harvey’s death toll climbs in Texas; at least 23 killed

Crews in Texas have found the bodies of 23 victims of Harvey’s wrath, and warned on Wednesday that the number of dead would almost certainly soar as water levels across much of the Houston area start to recede.

Authorities say a married couple who drove their pickup truck into Harvey’s floodwaters drowned after the current from a nearby creek swept them away.

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Maj. Chad Norvell says the couple was on the phone with 911 asking for help when the line went silent. When officers found the truck, it was completely submerged.

They lived in a rural area of the county southwest of Houston and they were headed to a relative’s house nearby.

The announcement of the couple’s death comes after Beaumont police said a woman’s body turned up Wednesday morning — but did not release her name or the possible circumstances that led to her death.

She would be at least the second person to have died in Beaumont this week. Crews found a shivering 3-year-old clinging to the body of her drowned mother in a rain-swollen canal Tuesday after the woman tried to carry her child to safety.

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