Some Houston-area neighbourhoods were still in danger of more flooding from a levee breach.
The mayor also pushed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to have staff in the field as quickly as possible to help storm victims process relief requests, and not just keep staff in emergency shelters.
A rescue boat evacuates people from the rising waters of Buffalo Bayou following Tropical Storm Harvey in a neighbourhood west of Houston. ABC 13 Houston also tweeted a photo of another human chain, formed to help rescue an elderly man stuck in his car. Thousands of people there have fled their homes.
"I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally". But its effects both materially and on people can be reported without infusing facts with emotionally charged and dramatic words. CBS affiliate KFDM said the fire spread to several houses and the neighborhood was being evacuated.
More damage to oil industry infrastructure is expected to emerge as floodwaters recede.
Houston Police confirmed on Tuesday that veteran officer Sergeant Steve Perez is among those who have been killed. His mother said no one tried to resuscitate him for an hour until the electricity was turned off. "It could have been anybody", she said.
"We need a whole lot of FEMA representatives on the ground now", he said. And there's nothing to see in Austin. Harvey roared ashore as a hurricane Friday, then triggered deadly floods as a tropical storm. The National Weather Service said the storm is moving to the northeast, with Port Arthur, TX facing the brunt of rain and flooding today.
"We want to do it better than ever before".
Evacuees take shelter from Tropical Storm Harvey in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. "But you know what, it happened in Texas and Texas can handle anything".
"Don't just grab your boat and get on the highway", he says.
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Online ticket exchange StubHub has removed all listings for Thursday's preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans at AT&T Stadium after buyers tried to make a profit by buying and reselling their tickets. "It's like five of us up here".