by Sharon Rondeau

(Aug. 30, 2017) — 8:40 a.m. EDT – Minutes ago, Senior MSNBC News producer Jesse Rodriguez reported, via the AP, that a shelter housing approximately 100 people as a result of Hurricane Harvey has itself become flooded.

The location is the Bowers Civic Center located at 3401 Cultural Center Drive in Port Arthur, TX.  The flooding occurred following a “flash flood” warning in that part of the affected area overnight.

Port Arthur is about a 30-minute drive southeast from Beaumont under normal conditions.  Beaumont is 85 miles east of Houston, where more than 13,000 people have been displaced from the storm.

Harvey hit the mainland on Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane and has caused untold damage and flooding in Houston and greater southeast Texas.  Thus far, 18 lives are reported to have been lost, including that of a 34-year veteran of the Houston Police Department on Sunday.

The disturbance is now considered a tropical storm but has covered homes and businesses in feet of flood waters.  According to MSN, an estimated 25-30% of Harris County, where Houston is located, has been overcome by flooding caused by more than 50 inches of rain brought by the storm.

On Wednesday morning, CBS News described the conditions in Beaumont and Port Arthur as “dire” and “brutal.”

As of 7:00 a.m. local time, the AP had reported that “Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy Marcus McLellan said Wednesday that the Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur was inundated overnight due to overwhelming rainfall and a nearby overflowing canal.”

It was not immediately clear if the people inside the shelter would be relocated, but CBS News reported of Port Arthur that “The city’s civic center was being used as a shelter but then it, too, flooded and evacuees were being brought to the Carl A Parker Multipurpose Center, KFDM reports.”

The storm retreated out to sea temporarily but made a second landfall on Wednesday morning in Cameron, LA.


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