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Flood levels are dropping across the Houston area as Harvey trudges east and continues to weaken. Five straight days of downpours dropped around 52 inches of rain in some areas, the heaviest deluge ever recorded in the continental United States from a single storm.
The death toll from the storm has risen to 35. But stores and airports are reopening, providing relief to tens of thousands of evacuees and residents.
These photos provide a closer look at the situation as the floodwater recedes.
Officials in Beaumont — which has nearly 120,000 residents — announced the city lost both the primary and secondary sources for its water supply system. Here a woman and baby are rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter after their neighborhood flooded in the Texas city 110 miles east of Houston.
Cars line up in a flooded street in Port Arthur, 110 miles east of Houston.
A FEMA truck sits in floodwaters on the Beltway 8 feeder road in Houston on Wednesday.
Two explosions were reported at a flood-hit chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, 30 miles northeast of Houston. Here a police officer lays down a safety flare while blocking the road leading to the Arkema SA plant.
About 20 to 25 percent of U.S. refining capacity remains offline, creating problems in the pipeline systems that move gasoline and other fuel around the eastern half of the United States. Pipeline operators have been forced to throttle back or suspend flows of gasoline and other petroleum products.
A line outside the Walmart in Houston on Wednesday.
Pictured here in New Orleans, Julie Fant, left, Era Monette, center, and Donna Banks, right, pray for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Zamir Navarro sheds tears of joy after seeing her home dry despite Harvey floodwaters in northwestern Houston.