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Houston says bridges, roads starting to fail under stress of flooding
Some roads and bridges in Houston are starting to buckle under the impact of catastrophic flooding in parts of the city from Tropical Storm Harvey, a local official said on Tuesday.
Jeff Linder of the Harris County Flood Control District said one bridge had collapsed and that some roads had been damaged by the torrential rains.
UPDATE 1-Explosion risk forces Arkema to evacuate Texas chemical plant
A chemical plant in southeast Texas is evacuating its remaining workers on Tuesday amid the risk of an explosion after Tropical Storm Harvey knocked out power and flooding swamped its backup generators.
Arkema SA said in a statement the situation at its Crosby, Texas, plant "has become serious."
The company said some refrigeration of back-up containers has been compromised because of high-water levels and the company is monitoring temperature levels remotely.
"While we do not believe there is any imminent danger, the potential for a chemical reaction leading to a fire and/or explosion within the site confines is real," the company said.
originally posted by: Rosinitiate
Should be fun, I hope. Nothing like being sent to Houston the day before it makes landfall.....
I'd be grateful to maintain power at the hotel and complete the job on time without having to kayak to the site.
Things are calm here now but it comes in bands.
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originally posted by: TXTriker
For those wanting to donate - please be careful. We had a family of 6 swept away and all died. The family has set up a gofundme page. This page is set up by the Saldivar familay.
The problem is that someone under the name Yancy Quintania (sp?) has also set up a page and it is fake. The family does not know who she is. So far she has almost $5K donated.
Verify before you donate as the scammers are already out.
The nation's largest oil refinery shuts down as Hurricane Harvey floods Texas
The largest refinery in the U.S. is temporarily shutting down following devastating local floods from Hurricane Harvey and the aftermath, adding to a raft of factors driving gasoline prices higher.
The Saudi-owned Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, began what it called "a controlled shutdown" at 5 a.m. Wednesday.
The closure marks the latest in a series of outages at Texas Gulf Coast refineries that have led to a nationwide spike in gasoline prices.