Photo: Isiah Courtney carries his dog Bruce through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, on August 28, 2017. (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)
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The rain in Texas continues to set national records. Floodwaters are still rising and rescue efforts may last -- not just for days, but for weeks, into the future. Some 13 million people live in zones either flooded already or under flood watch — with one trillion gallons of water inundating Harris County in just four days. President Trump flew in for a briefing in Corpus Christie as federal agencies join state and local responders along with civilians. We hear how one family waded in chest deep water, pulling an aging relative on a rubber mattress.
Scott Knowles, Drexel University (@USofDisaster)
Nolan Hicks, American-Statesman (@ndhapple)
Don Kettl, University of Maryland (@DonKettl)
Laura Blewitt, Bloomberg (@laurablewitt)
Ashish Kamat, MD Anderson Cancer Center (@UroDocAsh)
Roxanne Elmblad, resident of Tomball, Texas
Scott Gabriel Knowles
There's new advice for President Trump on illegal border crossings by Central Americans.
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Murder and other violent crimes have driven thousands of people — including children — to cross into the US after long and dangerous trips from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. But a coalition of international aid agencies says that's not all. Even more are fleeing their home countries because of hunger. Teresa Welsh is with the Washington Bureau of McClatchy Newspapers.
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