Largest US oil refinery closes due to Harvey

Dianna Christensen
September 2, 2017

The number of confirmed deaths due to Harvey was 21 by Wednesday afternoon.

The hospital said it has two water wells that can keep the facility running.

"Unfortunately, it seems that our worst thoughts are being realized", Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

Officer Mike Hebert said they were alerted to the critical situation at the Lake Arthur Nursing home while he and another officer were in the midst of water rescues Wednesday afternoon. Authorities said beds were floating in places and residents were sitting in wheelchairs surrounded by water.

"Our heart is breaking for our community and we trying to help in as many ways as possible", the sheriff's department said in a message posted shortly before midnight. "The water levels are going down".

The observation point at the regional airport shows a rain total in the past 24 hours that "appears to exceed anything reported around Houston within 24 hours during Harvey's passage", Roth said.

Nevertheless, many thousands of homes in and around the nation's fourth-largest city were still swamped and could stay that way for days or longer. As much as 5 feet of rain was forecast earlier this week for Houston.

"The children just happened into our hospital and said they don't know where their father is", she said.

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It's expected to fizzle to a tropical depression by Wednesday night, but the danger is far from over. "If you called, we are coming", Freeman posted on Facebook early Wednesday morning. Dump trucks are being sent out to help find people, he said.

"I'm stuck upstairs. It's just me and my dog. I don't have no way of getting around", Chatham said.

"We want local residents to be aware that product is stored in multiple locations on the site, and a threat of additional explosion remains",

Residents of cities in Jefferson County, Tex., about 100 miles east of Houston, were desperate for help Wednesday morning after rain there caused floodwaters to rise precipitously and lightning made things particularly hard for those responding to the storm. Motiva Enterprises LLC's Port Arthur facility in Texas, the biggest US refinery, is shutting because of severe flooding, said a person with knowledge of the operations.

Port Arthur Mayor Derrick Freeman said nearly 100 percent of the 20,000 homes in Port Arthur have some type of water in them. He also urged residents to get to higher ground and to avoid becoming trapped in attics.

Many in Houston were shocked at what they found when they returned home. A number are irreparable.

At least 9,000 to 10,000 people have been rescued in the Houston region by first responders. Emergency workers kept rescuing people as floodwaters kept rising.

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