Tropical Storm Harvey damage in Texas expected to be ‘many-year’ recovery, death toll rises to 20

While federal officials said they are expecting a multi-year recovery in Texas and across the south as Tropical Storm Harvey continues its course east into parts of Louisiana, the death toll rose to 20 people, sheriff’s said Wednesday.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Capt. Bryan Carlisle said two more Harvey–related deaths were reported north of Houston. One of them around a barricade and into standing water on Monday, while the other tried to swim across a flooded road, he said.

Authorities expect the death toll to rise as the waters receded and they are able to take full stock of the death and destruction wrought by the catastrophic storm.

Gov. Greg Abbott said urged residents to not drive into flooded waters, cautioning that the “worst is not yet over.”

“It is imperative that we do everything possible to protect the lives and safety of people across the state of Texas as we continue to face the aftermath of this storm,” he said.

He said the Texas National Guard has activated 14,000 in addition to 10,000 troops from other states to help in the ongoing recovery efforts throughout the state.

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