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Historic flooding continues to worsen in Houston as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey douse southeastern Texas with rain. Emergency personnel used motorboats, airboats and other vehicles to rescue more than .
Harvey washed over major highways, including Interstate 45 seen above, as flooding spreads. Houston has a population of more than 2.3 million.
As Harvey lingers around Texas' Gulf Coast, where it is forecast to remain for several more days, it is drenching parts of the region with a year's worth of rain in the span of a week.
One local resident floated his pets and belongings on an air mattress, taking to the streets after his home was overtaken by rising floodwaters.
A woman carries her dog on her shoulders, evacuating to a new location after her area was inundated by the flooding. More than 30,000 people are expected to be placed temporarily in shelters, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said at a news conference on Monday.
People used small boats to evacuate their homes, pulling families to safety above the rising water.
Mario Qua holds his child Wilson Qua as they evacuate their flooded home after their Houston area was inundated with flooding.
Jesus Nunez carried his daughter Genesis, as he and numerous family members fled their flooded home. The Nunez family walked nearly four hours to the safety of a relative's house.
Harvey is the most powerful hurricane to strike Texas in more than 50 years. The storm's precipitation could reach 50 inches in some coastal areas, and authorities say the local Brazos River was set to crest at a record high of 59 feet this week, or 14 feet above its flood stage.
Dramatic photos show countless vehicles abandoned on Houston's streets, swamped by the increasing rainfall. Harvey likely damaged hundreds, perhaps thousands of new cars and trucks parked on dealership lots.
Residents with high-water vehicles navigated floodwaters to perform rescues of stranded locals in and around Houston.
Emergency responders like this firefighter continue to search for survivors at an apartment complex in Rockport, Texas, as Hurricane Harvey hitsthe Texas coast on Sat., Aug 26.
Oil refineries are shutting down in the wake of rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Harvey. The damage could mean a loss of more than 1 million barrels per day in refining capacity just in the Houston and Galveston areas — that's not including hundreds of thousands of more barrels in the Corpus Christi area.
Local gas stations were also damaged by the flood waters. Here, the roof of a Citgo station sits in the floodwaters in Aransas Pass.