Port Arthur’s city manager said almost the entire city was under water.
Rainfall totals since Friday in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area ballooned to 47.7 inches pushing its annual rainfall to nearly 87 inches – a new record, with one-third of the year still to go.
Moderate to heavy rain continued in the area through midday Wednesday, but finally starting to decrease in the afternoon.
The center of Harvey, positioned 70 miles southwest of Alexandria, La, at 1 p.m. central, was moving to the north-northeast at 8 mph. Its peak winds decreased to around 40 mph and was predicted to weaken to a tropical depression Wednesday night.
Back in Houston, the rain ended before sunset Tuesday, but flooding is expected to persist there for days due to the massive rainfall totals from the most extreme rainfall event on the continental United States in recorded history. While waters in most rivers and bayous had stabilized or were receding, others were still rising, according to Jeff Lindner, meteorologist with the Harris County flood control district.
As Harvey lifts off to the northeast, heavy rains are predicted to spread through north central Louisiana on Wednesday and Wednesday night and then into western Tennessee and Kentucky late Thursday into Friday. Widespread amounts of 2 to 4 inches are expected in this zone, with localized totals to 3 to 6 inches or more, which could lead to flooding.
Friday into Saturday, remnant rains may affect the Mid-Atlantic, before finally exiting through the Northeast on Sunday.
The heaviest observed total remain at Cedar Bayou east of Houston, near the town of Mont Belvieu, which posted 51.88 inches, the greatest rainfall from a single storm event in the Lower 48 states on record.
More than 5 million people around Houston received at least 3 feet of rain.