Just when we all began to believe that Hurricane Harvey was over, having left trillions of gallons of water in Houston and the surrounding areas, it has just made another landfall as a tropical storm.
This time, it made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, not far from Houston, Texas. However, the city which appears to be getting the brunt of this second go-around is Port Arthur, Texas. Starting late last night, the area began getting their heaviest rains, falling on grounds already saturated by Harvey’s first and second landfalls. With nowhere for the water to go, flood waters have quickly risen and appear to be even worse than what was experienced just days earlier in Houston, which is just 100 miles west of this small town.
What makes matters even worse, is that the Jefferson County Sheriff, Zena Stephens, said that the county resources can’t even reach Port Arthur due to the severe flooding.
“We’re getting 911 and rescue calls but there’s nothing we can do,” Stephens said. “We can’t take the boats out right now. The water is rising and it’s coming there and it’s no way to get to them.”
Twitter this morning is filled with Port Arthur residents and families of those living in the town, begging for help as flood waters continue to rise at a rapid rate. Below is just a sampling of the calls for help which have been posted late last night and into this morning:
It’s 7 people stuck in one room of a house and one is pregnant and 3 days from her due date. 3960 Royal Meadows Rd Port Arthur TX, 77642
— Free Linda (@Kush_Ken) August 30, 2017
Water rising quick please help ASAP please!!
820 smith street, port Arthur Texas,77640 pic.twitter.com/bV0pqG8VgI
— LO.: (@LOsoCALIENTE) August 30, 2017
my great grandparents are 90+.. very fragile, they need to be rescued !! 3580 lake Arthur drive in port Arthur off of jimmy Johnson PLZ RT‼️
— Mackenzie Shugart (@mackenzieshug) August 30, 2017
The people in my grandma apartments are DROWNING !!!!! My mom is helping the people outside !!!
— ki✨ (@pearlswithjays) August 30, 2017
🗣🗣🗣🗣4407 Jasonwood court , Port Arthur Texas , they house is flooded & they neighbors house is on fire! They need help asap!
— DuceFisk (@rickyfisk7) August 30, 2017
anybody. please. they’re trapped. Port Arthur, TX. pic.twitter.com/A3roTl9cLL
— K’Lyn (@lethal_weapon__) August 30, 2017
My disable aunt needs help now. Neighbors can’t get to her. 911 lines are tied
820 Smith St
Port Arthur, TX 77640
— lil sam. (@_DamnSosa) August 30, 2017
As of early this morning, over 20,000 homes have water in them, with this number rising by the minute. Keep in mind that this is a town of just 53,000 residents. Let’s hope the rain stops soon so emergency crews can make their way into this small town. Let us know your thoughts on this disaster, in the comments section below.