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Report: The entire city of Port Arthur, TX has completely flooded

MAYOR: "Our whole city is underwater right now but we are coming! If you called, we are coming," Freeman wrote shortly after midnight, via Facebook. "Please get to higher ground if you can, but please try stay out of attics."


NPR:

"We got some water, y'all. Harvey wasn't playing," Mayor Derrick Freeman of Port Arthur, Texas, says in a video that shows knee-deep water inside his house. He's far from alone: A large shelter in the coastal city was flooded by rainfall dumped by Tropical Storm Harvey.
At least 100 people had sought refuge at the Bob Bowers Civic Center — only to see brown, murky water rush in, flooding a large space and leaving water just below the surface of cots.
That development happened overnight, as Port Arthur and other communities struggled to cope with the amount of water they received.
"Our whole city is underwater right now but we are coming! If you called, we are coming," Freeman wrote shortly after midnight, via Facebook. "Please get to higher ground if you can, but please try stay out of attics."
The city, which is about 45 miles west of where Harvey made landfall again today, says that the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center is now accepting people who need shelter — but it warns, "There are no supplies at the facility at this time."
As waters rose overnight, rescue workers also contended with an apartment fire and lightning, Freeman said.
"Currently the 911 system is overloaded with calls from Port Arthur," the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said around 4:30 a.m., in a note that also told residents that water rescue operations were suspended until daylight. The agency would take calls and forward information to those who could help, it said.
"Our heart is breaking for our community and we trying to help in as many ways as possible," the sheriff's department said in a message posted shortly before midnight.


On Wednesday, Freeman used a live-streamed video on Facebook to tell residents in his city southeast of Beaumont that fire personnel, air boats, volunteers and the National Guard are working to help. Port Arthur has a population of around 55,000.


"If you're still in your home, we're coming," Freeman told residents, adding, "Again."

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